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A Bumpy Start to Release 56 Causes a Rollback and a Retry

The launch of the latest patch for Shroud of the Avatar has not come without its problems. After maintenance was complete, developers came back to the official site to announce that it would be rolling servers back to the pre-patch status in order to give it another go. As of this writing, the restart / relaunch of Update 56 is now live.

As Development of Episode 2 Begins, 'Rightsizing' Team Leads to Layoffs

Portalarium and Travian Games have sent word that development of the "next round of episodic content" has started. Episode 2 will feature expanded stories, new lands and feature sets. While development on Episode 2 is underway, a crew will be working on polishing current content. The PR also reveals that "staff rightsizing" is underway which will lead to some developers being laid off. No further explanation was given about how many employees have been let go.

Release 54 Features More Interation on the Team's Top 10 Priorities

The Shroud of the Avatar team has been working hard on Release 54 and just today sent out the instructions along with a list of things players can expect to find after its deployment. The new update will be focused heavily on the team's Top 10 Priorities including improvements to performance, the addition of new and polished scenes, better story polish and side quests, improvements to the offline companion system, new recipes in crafting and the addition of skeleton plunderers.

Trailer Offers a Peek at Nefario, Part of the Obsidian Order

The Shroud of the Avatar team has published a new video featuring Nefario, "a powerful sorcerer of the Obsidian Order. He is part of a cabal of eight who are trying to fulfill the Dire Prophecies while "laying siege to the towns of Novia". The video was released as part of the latest Shroud of the Avatar weekly newsletter.

Release 53 Brings New Quests, Story Polish, Loot Additions & Much More

Release 53 has been patched into Shroud of the Avatar. Players can expect a bunch of new and improved features including additional side quests, more story polish, more loot (decorations, player-crafted gear, etc.), new scenes as well as bug fixes, performance optimizations, UI polish and more localized content.

Early Version of Release 53 Now Available for Testing

The Shroud of the Avatar team has announced that it has deployed an early version of Release 53 to the QA server for players to try out. This build provides some tweaks and updates to a number of systems including rebuilds of several locations, the LFG tool, loot improvements, side quests, heraldry and many others.

Worn Armor and Design Notes for Several Locations Anchor Latest News

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has been published, this time packed with design notes for several locations in the game including Eastmarch, Penmawr Island and Tenebris Harbor. In addition, players first starting out will begin to see worn armor dropped that fits the theme of "just starting out".

What's Coming in Release 53? We're Glad You Asked!

The Shroud of the Avatar site has been updated with a forward look at the game's Top 10 development goals, but also with a forward looking peek at what's coming in Release 53 that is slated to go live on April 26th. Release 53 is the first post-launch update and contains both new features, polish and iterations on existing features.

Official Launch Day Arrives - Here's When You Can Get Started

Today is a big day for Shroud of the Avatar as the game is "finally ready to leave Early Access" and sail into the full release waters. Players can start playing SotA at 8:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Eastern. Players can look forward to improvements in Performance, three Companions are added, several Scenes have been rebuilt, the story and quests have been polished, players can make multiple characters, heraldry has been added and combat has been polished and balanced.

Portalarium Preparing for Next Week's Release

Portalarium's latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter is packed with news about next week's launch. The letter provides a timeline for the next update releases, community sponsored events, community created guides and links to relevant material on the official site. Of course, there are also links to the latest free trial offer that allows players to game along any of the available paths.

Richard Garriott Sits with the Texas Story Project to Talk About His Career in Gaming

The Texas Story Project recently completed a short interview with Portalarium's Richard Garriott about his career in gaming. He traces his path through his beginnings in high school and shows off pieces of his collection that are now collectible historical pieces in the timeline of video gaming. It's a fascinating look at one of the pioneers of the video games industry.

All Systems Go for March 27th Launch, Physical Rewards Need to be Confirmed

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has been published with lots of news including the March 27th release of Update 52 well underway. In addition, backers who should be receiving physical goods pertinent to their backer level have until March 9th to fill out the required forms to ensure their items arrive on time.

New Free Trial Program Allows Newbs to Choose One of Three Paths

With Release 50, Portalarium is offering a new free trial option for Shroud of the Avatar. Those taking part can choose one of three paths: Truth, Love or Courage. This brings the core game feature of "choice in all things" to bear.

Portalarium Wraps Up 2017 with a Look at the Making of Yew, Map Updates & More

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has arrived hot in our mailbox with the most recent news. Developers have provided several gorgeous screenshots taken of the Elven city of Yew, as well as a lengthy post that details a number of changes coming to the Map feature in the game. The letter wraps up with the latest telethon post mortem, news about items now on sale and a bit of holiday cheer to wrap things up.

UPDATED: Free Trial to Become a Permanent Fixture Starting December 20th

An early version of Release 49 for Shroud of the Avatar have been published with a brief mention of the free trial experience possibly becoming a permanent fixture for the game starting on December 20th. If it makes the final patch, free trial players will play on the Courage Path as developers consider starting off with a sword is simpler than starting with a bow. Free Trial players will be able to advance each skill to level 50.