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Portalarium Inc | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 03/27/18)  | Pub:Portalarium Inc
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Latest Shroud of the Avatar News

Shroud of the Avatar Officially Announced as a Free to Play Title

Shroud of the Avatar Officially Announced as a Free to Play Title - Shroud of the Avatar News

Portalarium has sent definitive word that Shroud of the Avatar is now officially a free to play game. No purchase is required to jump in and start playing and the available features to free players have been expanded. The news comes after last week's release of the retooled new player experience.

Posted Oct 30, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Shroud of the Avatar Update 59 Launches Today with the Revamped New Player Experience

Shroud of the Avatar Update 59 Launches Today with the Revamped New Player Experience - Shroud of the Avatar News

With today's launch of Update 59 in Shroud of the Avatar, players will be able to check out a number of big improvements and the overhauled new player experience. It is, according to Starr Long, the update "in which we focused on the current iteration of our Top 10 Priorities" and one where the dev team made significant progress. The update is slated to go live at approximately 8:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Eastern.

Posted Oct 25, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Shroud of the Avatar Adds New Tutorial Area as Update 59 Lands of QA Server

Shroud of the Avatar Adds New Tutorial Area as Update 59 Lands of QA Server - Shroud of the Avatar News

The Shroud of the Avatar site's latest newsletter is out and about, this time with the news that Update 59 has landed on the QA server, most notably with the addition of the new tutorial area. The location is a "focused tutorial space" in the Isle of Storms that aims to provide players with the basics of many of the game's features. Once the tutorial area is complete, the newly minted character will land in one of three starter areas which are also to be updated.

Posted Oct 19, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Richard Garriott's Official Shroud of the Avatar Description Eliminates 'CEO' Title

Richard Garriott's Official Shroud of the Avatar Description Eliminates 'CEO' Title - Shroud of the Avatar News

Richard Garriott's official profile on the Shroud of the Avatar site now omits the title CEO, something that has been part of the description since the game's pages were first published. SEC filings name Garriott as CEO, though Delaware, where the original corporation paperwork was filed, does require an executive officer, not specifically a "CEO". At the moment, Garriott's profile only lists him as Creative Director and Founder. UPDATED AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Oct 12, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Player Made Dungeons to Debut in Q4 2018

Player Made Dungeons to Debut in Q4 2018 - Shroud of the Avatar News

The latest Shroud of the Avatar newsletter is live on the game's official site. This time, the letter is anchored by the news that Player Made Dungeons will be arriving in-game as early as Q4 2018. The team is targeting that span of time and, until then, several placeholder, or "example", dungeons are in the game. When Player Made Dungeons go live later this year, these example dungeons will leave the game.

Posted Aug 11, 2018 by Catherine Daro

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

A Bumpy Start to Release 56 Causes a Rollback and a Retry - Shroud of the Avatar News

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.

Posted Jul 26, 2018 by Suzie Ford

Layoffs Hit Portalarium

Layoffs Hit Portalarium - Shroud of the Avatar News

Shroud of the Avatar developer Portalarium laid off employees this week. Red Thomas happened to be in Austin anyway, so he stopped by to talk to Richard Garriott and Starr Long to get details.

Posted Jun 22, 2018 by Suzie Ford

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

As Development of Episode 2 Begins, 'Rightsizing' Team Leads to Layoffs - Shroud of the Avatar News

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.

Posted Jun 20, 2018 by Suzie Ford

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

Release 54 Features More Interation on the Team's Top 10 Priorities - Shroud of the Avatar News

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.

Posted May 30, 2018 by Suzie Ford

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

Trailer Offers a Peek at Nefario, Part of the Obsidian Order - Shroud of the Avatar News

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.

Posted May 13, 2018 by Catherine Daro
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