Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Goes Free to Play

With its latest update, Portalarium’s Richard Garriott-helmed Ultima Online-inspired MMORPG, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, now offers an expanded list of features to its free to play players and boasts a revamped new user experience on top of that. So, if you’re curious about this particular title, you can now give it a go without investing too much up front.

Here’s a press release with some additional details:

AUSTIN, Texas, October 30, 2018 — Shroud of the Avatar™: Forsaken Virtues, the record-setting crowdfunded game from famed game designer Richard Garriott, is now available for anyone to play…no purchase necessary! The makers of Shroud of the Avatar, Portalarium™, expanded the free to play features last week and also turned on an overhauled new user experience, a highly anticipated update to the game which should be a welcome addition to all new players ready to venture in Garriott’s fantasy world of New Britannia.

“We are thrilled to open up Shroud to a larger audience of gamers,” said Creative Director Garriott. “We have removed almost all gameplay restrictions from our free players. Now those players can trade freely with other players, own land and play through the entire story! This means that you no longer need to make a purchase to have the Shroud of the Avatar experience!”

The new user experience is an important addition to Shroud. Executive Producer Starr Long explained, “We’ve separated our tutorials from the story-telling spaces in the starting areas. We now have a focused tutorial area in the Isle of Storms where we walk players through the game basics. These progress in a gated fashion so the players must finish learning a skill and utilizing it before they can travel to the next part of the tutorial. We’ve been working on this for several months and are excited to roll this out at the same time we are launching free to play.”

Also choosing one’s story path is now independent of a player’s starting decks. Players start with three decks: Blades, Ranged, and Magic. Once all the tutorials are completed, players will then journey through the lunar rift to one of the three starting areas. Those areas are now polished to be more focused and tighter in their direction. Plus with no more tutorial elements in those areas, those starting scenes are now entirely focused on story.

Shroud of the Avatar launched in March and since that time the Portalarium team launched a new website and has added a multitude of quality of life updates and major features to the game world including:

  • Player made heraldry
  • Brewing
  • Obsidian trials (risk free PVP)
  • Major expansions to the fishing system including different water types, more than 25 different fish types with scaling sizes of trophy fish
  • Player made dungeons
  • Seasonal enemies (Atavists of Purity, Aether Creatures tied to a comet, Pumpkin Head)
  • Global banks (they were local before)
  • Global chat
  • Ability to bypass town sieges & control points
  • Elimination of experience point decay on death
  • Automatic open multiplayer in towns/overworld/starting areas to increase connectivity with players
  • Looking for Group system
  • Performance enhancements (frame rate and load times)
  • Doubled XP gains across the board (crafting and adventuring)
  • And much more
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