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Latest Free Trial Event Ongoing Through November 15th

Another in a string of free trial events for Shroud of the Avatar has kicked off. This time, you can play for free from November 1st through November 15th. During the event, there are a number of restrictions in place. Progress will be saved, however, should you choose to invest in purchasing the game.

Launch 46 Brings a Slew of Improvements, New Content

The Shroud of the Avatar site has been updated with the latest weekly newsletter that shows off a long list of client improvements in the new build as well provides a look at what the team has been working on most recently. You'll see tons of screenshots from the creation of the Blackblade Foothills, Midmaer Way, and North Quel Way. In addition, for those who are attending SotA Con in Austin later this month, the event schedule is now available.

What's Ahead for the Balance of 2017? The Journey to Early Access Release

The Shroud of the Avatar site has been updated with a lengthy post by Executive Producer Starr Long that details what players can expect throughout the balance of 2017. Most notably, there will be three new release clients, each with its own particular focus. While no Steam EA release date is specified, Long wrote, "While we feel we are definitely getting closer to launch readiness each month, we do not believe that launching before the end of the year is going to be the right thing."

Limited Free Trial Reemerges from Now Through Sep 27

If you've still not had a chance to dive into Shroud of the Avatar, you have an opportunity to do so thanks to the arrival of the latest Free Trial. It is currently underway and will run through September 27th. There are limitations on the experience, though you can journey through the scenes, talk with players and try out the opening quests. Any progress made will be saved should you decide to back the game in Early Access.

Free Trial to Run From August 9- 30th

If you're STILL on the fence about Shroud of the Avatar, you will have another opportunity to check out the game from today through August 30th. Of course the caveat is that there are more than a few restrictions on the trial account, but the silver lining is that all progress is saved should you choose to invest in the game.

Plans for Future Episodes Beyond Episode 1

With Shroud of the Avatar ready to officially launch Episode 1 in the relatively near future, the team is beginning to look at the future. In a new post on the official forums, Starr Long has revealed the long term plan for SotA that includes four new episodes, ships that will include ship-to-ship combat, Elven race, player-owned dungeons, Discord integration, more character customization, a companion mobile app, map improvements, animal husbandry and much more.

First Round of Equity Crowdfunding Exceeded

The first round of the Portalarium crowdfunding initiative via Seed Invest will be closing in a few hours after exceeding its initial goal. To date, investors have raised over $675k with just over seven hours to go.

Portalarium Inks Deal with Travian for EU Publishing

Travian will be publishing Shroud of the Avatar in multiple regions including Europe. The deal was announced earlier today. Travian will distribute the game in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and North Africa.

QA Server, Forums & Release Instructions Now Open to All

Something of a firestorm has cropped up on the Shroud of the Avatar forum with yesterday's announcement that the QA server, QA Bug Forums and Release Instructions are now going to be available to all backers regardless of financial commitment. According to Starr Long, this is being done to remove potential advantages gained by those who had previously had exclusive access to these areas.

Free Trial to Run from July 3-26th

If you've been on the fence about trying out Shroud of the Avatar, you'll have an extended period in which to do so. From July 3rd through July 26th, anyone can try out the game for free, though with a series of limitations.

Summer Telethon Live Stream Begins Today

Shroud of the Avatar devs will be on hand later today via Twitch live stream to take part in the Summer Telethon. The event is slated to begin at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. The team will be providing viewers with deep information about game systems, answering questions and handing out "cool" prizes.

An Impressive Look at New Moondial Effects

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has arrived hot in our mailboxes. This week, the community is celebrated, a pair of design diaries are included as well as news about the Summer Telethon and how localization efforts are going.

Free Trial Opens, Set to Run from May 10th to the 31st

If you've been wanting to check out the latest updates to Shroud of the Avatar, today is your chance. Portalarium is running a free trial event from May 10-31 that does contain a number of restrictions, though "you can still explore hundreds of scenes, talk with thousands of players, adventure through the opening quests, and gain experience". All progress will be saved for those who choose to back the game.

Black Sun Game Publishing to Bring SotA to Russia

Portalarium has announced that it has inked a deal with Black Sun Game Publishing to bring Shroud of the Avatar to Russia and other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries. According to Richard Garriott, Black Sun is an experienced team that understands its community and that it is ideally suited to the task of bringing SotA to the region.

Environments and the One True Oracle Anchor Newsletter

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter has been published that provides readers with a nice array of environments to see including snowy mountaintops to a secluded Elven camp and a lonely log cabin by the side of a lake. In addition, the "one true Oracle" is working her way through the design process from concept to becoming part of the game world.