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Why Early Access?

“As a crowd funded and crowd sourced game we have felt that an open form of development is critical to making this game the best it can be. Early Access on Steam will greatly increase our access to community members who can help make the game better and is a natural iteration of the early access we have been providing our backers for the last year.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We hope to finish the story by the end of the summer, all content near the end of 2017 and launch shortly after that but we will not be launching until the product is ready.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version is a monthly updated snapshot of the game in active development. That means there will be constant monthly updates including large balance changes.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Shroud of the Avatar is currently in Early Access. This game still needs a LOT of work, and will be under construction for some time. This means it won't feel like a finished game to you because some of the features are half-finished or missing entirely, the design hasn't been balanced, performance hasn't been optimized, lots of bugs to fix, etc. Joining now means participating in the development, not just playing the game”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Prices may increase after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are in a constant dialog with our community and we allocate 30% of each monthly release to player requested changes. We have also periodically crowd sourced content including art, music, sound effects, code, etc. Contributors have had the choice to be paid in real dollars or double the amount in add on store credit. Please note that for now we are not accepting crowd sourced contributions but plan to do so again in the future. Additionally as a sandbox the players have many opportunities to create in game events. To date players have created plays, sermons, quests, mazes, PVP tournaments, birthday parties, dance parties, hot tub parties, murder trials, town hall meetings, etc. with the in game tools.”
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November 21

Release 48 Patch Notes: November 21, 2017

Build Number 702 3:30PM

Updates
  • The Cabalist Robe no longer causes performance issues when cloth simulation is turned on.
  • Decay will now apply to ghosts in the overworld map.
Known Issues
  • Halberd of the Sun auto-attacks will force a global cooldown timer on all abilities with every swing.
  • Some extreme resolution options are not possible due to an inability to scroll the video resolution list.
  • Elements of tree curtains used in many scenes will appear to be rendered black.
  • Dazzling Rays, and other caster-based AOE spells, have difficulty hitting nearby enemies in confined spaces (like narrow hallways)
  • The animation for "kicking something open" puts away weapons and torches.
  • Death Shield does not mitigate damage from critical hits
  • The crafting window does not have proper messaging to indicate when a tool is broken, and will simply say that there is no recipe found.
  • Dynamically spawned NPCs may have delayed spawn in scenes that are dense with player homes and decorations.
  • Overworld map terrain may appear missing or flattened in areas for Windows 10 users. Playing in Windows 8 compatibility mode may fix this.
  • Ring of Cuttlekin turns avatar skin grey instead of translucent.
  • Pets cannot follow players onto moving platforms.
  • Hitching may occur when using UI windows like “Options” or “DeckBuilder”
  • Phonograph audio cannot be heard if approached while it is already playing.
  • If an item’s name is in Runic, its flag as “Private Property” will also appear in Runic.
  • Players with Tenant permissions on a Lot cannot place their own Player Vendors.
  • When a client first logs in as a trial visitor then relogs as a full account, many Trial permissions will still be present (inability to trade) until the client is restarted.
  • The Piercing Breeze combo ability does not do damage to Dragons as expected.
  • When a party member dies while targeted, the target focus is reset.
  • When moving NPC Buildings, it’s possible to crash the client by overlapping structures/boundaries during placement.
  • It is currently difficult to find harvest resources in scenes with the Surveying skill. This will be revisited after a VFX review of this system.
  • Deleting a character will reset the local settings for the entire client. Other accounts, or offline/online characters will also have their settings reset.
  • Some decorations placed in basements may shift through walls and end up in inaccessible locations.
  • Chaotic Clone is not distracting enemies.
  • Some scene instances may be bugged in which it is easy for players to fall through the ground. An existing workaround is to reload the scene.
  • Players may be unable to interact with objects via double-click if their framerate is poor. A workaround is to use the “E” interaction key.
  • Some spell VFX do not play properly
  • Some textures may look incorrect due to optimizations (white, black, pink, low resolution, pixelated, etc.)
  • Water lots in Dynamic Player Owned Towns can currently only be placed along shorelines, not on docks
  • Some pledge, add on, and stretch goal items have not yet been built and/or do not yet have tech support.
Build Number 700 11:30AM

Updates
  • The chat window is now cleared when exiting to the main menu.
  • Fix issue where skills like Soothing Rain and Elysian Illumination could sometimes cause performance issues due to VFX stacking.
  • Fix issue with teleport scrolls not working after the first use.
Known Issues
  • Elements of tree curtains used in many scenes will appear to be rendered black.
  • Dazzling Rays, and other caster-based AOE spells, have difficulty hitting nearby enemies in confined spaces (like narrow hallways)
  • The animation for "kicking something open" puts away weapons and torches.
  • Death Shield does not mitigate damage from critical hits
  • Combat resistances may not be applying as expected - notably against Fire Mages in The Rise
  • The crafting window does not have proper messaging to indicate when a tool is broken, and will simply say that there is no recipe found.
  • Dynamically spawned NPCs may have delayed spawn in scenes that are dense with player homes and decorations.
  • Overworld map terrain may appear missing or flattened in areas for Windows 10 users. Playing in Windows 8 compatibility mode may fix this.
  • Skill values will appear to carry over between accounts on the same client.
  • Ring of Cuttlekin turns avatar skin grey instead of translucent.
  • Pets cannot follow players onto moving platforms.
  • Hitching may occur when using UI windows like “Options” or “DeckBuilder”
  • Phonograph audio cannot be heard if approached while it is already playing.
  • Logging off will not clear previous party associations. UI will show previous party members.
  • If an item’s name is in Runic, its flag as “Private Property” will also appear in Runic.
  • Players with Tenant permissions on a Lot cannot place their own Player Vendors.
  • When a client first logs in as a trial visitor then relogs as a full account, many Trial permissions will still be present (inability to trade) until the client is restarted.
  • The Piercing Breeze combo ability does not do damage to Dragons as expected.
  • When a party member dies while targeted, the target focus is reset.
  • When moving NPC Buildings, it’s possible to crash the client by overlapping structures/boundaries during placement.
  • Chat content from one account may be visible by a second account if logged in from the same client.
  • It is currently difficult to find harvest resources in scenes with the Surveying skill. This will be revisited after a VFX review of this system.
  • Deleting a character will reset the local settings for the entire client. Other accounts, or offline/online characters will also have their settings reset.
  • Some decorations placed in basements may shift through walls and end up in inaccessible locations.
  • Chaotic Clone is not distracting enemies.
  • Some scene instances may be bugged in which it is easy for players to fall through the ground. An existing workaround is to reload the scene.
  • Players may be unable to interact with objects via double-click if their framerate is poor. A workaround is to use the “E” interaction key.
  • Some spell VFX do not play properly
  • Some textures may look incorrect due to optimizations (white, black, pink, low resolution, pixelated, etc.)
  • Water lots in Dynamic Player Owned Towns can currently only be placed along shorelines, not on docks
  • Some pledge, add on, and stretch goal items have not yet been built and/or do not yet have tech support.
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November 20

Release 48 Patch Notes: November 20, 2017

Build Number 699 6:30PM

Updates
  • Decorations with particle effects should now display correctly on scene load.
  • Fix graphical issues with Rain weather
  • Fix issue with party member nameplates not showing through other objects
  • Fix conversation issue with Skitter the Faun in Jaanaford
  • Corrected an error with a gate in Blood River
  • Battle of Solace Bridge: "Escape the Battlefield" task now correctly clears when finishing the scene.
  • Fix information displayed in skills UI after logging into a different account
  • Enlightenment health debuff will now persist when changing scenes.
  • Improve performance with Night Vision effects
  • Kobold Expeditionary Camp: The arena battle to free Sir Patrick will restart if the player is disconnected or leaves during the battle.
  • Fix Celestis boat tooltip
  • Frozen Tear, Gaia's Heart, Conflagration wand, and Heart of Vrul are now all enchantable
  • Fix stray pillar object in Solania Catacombs
  • Fix issue where you could get stuck in buildings on Novia when exiting certain scenes.
  • Fix stuck spot in Understorm Gold Mine
  • Corrected colors on some Yule items that were more pink than red
  • Halberd of the Sun will no longer trigger a global cooldown

Build Number 698 11:00AM

Updates
  • The in-game map UI was updated.
  • The monkey room monkeys in K'rul will no longer stay at their spawn location.
  • Fixed a hitching animation for female avatar sitting.
  • Charlotte in Battle of Solace Bridge is no longer interrupting her own cry animations.
  • Timothy in Ardoris will now perform the "Love Salute" emote without error.
  • The Wealthy Merchant Coat no longer has a gap in the midsection.
  • Removed a sight-blocking tree in Brittany.
  • Cabalist loot now has a larger chance to drop, including a small chance for Legendary loot
  • Improved the description for the fireflies spell.
Known Issues
  • Elysian Illumination and Soothing Rain have the potential to break and cause rapidly deteriorating performance in large groups.
  • Elements of tree curtains used in many scenes will appear to be rendered black.
  • Dazzling Rays, and other caster-based AOE spells, have difficulty hitting nearby enemies in confined spaces (like narrow hallways)
  • The animation for "kicking something open" puts away weapons and torches.
  • Death Shield does not mitigate damage from critical hits
  • Combat resistances may not be applying as expected - notably against Fire Mages in The Rise
  • The crafting window does not have proper messaging to indicate when a tool is broken, and will simply say that there is no recipe found.
  • Dynamically spawned NPCs may have delayed spawn in scenes that are dense with player homes and decorations.
  • Overworld map terrain may appear missing or flattened in areas for Windows 10 users. Playing in Windows 8 compatibility mode may fix this.
  • Skill values will appear to carry over between accounts on the same client.
  • Ring of Cuttlekin turns avatar skin grey instead of translucent.
  • Pets cannot follow players onto moving platforms.
  • Hitching may occur when using UI windows like “Options” or “DeckBuilder”
  • Phonograph audio cannot be heard if approached while it is already playing.
  • Logging off will not clear previous party associations. UI will show previous party members.
  • If an item’s name is in Runic, its flag as “Private Property” will also appear in Runic.
  • Players with Tenant permissions on a Lot cannot place their own Player Vendors.
  • When a client first logs in as a trial visitor then relogs as a full account, many Trial permissions will still be present (inability to trade) until the client is restarted.
  • The Piercing Breeze combo ability does not do damage to Dragons as expected.
  • When a party member dies while targeted, the target focus is reset.
  • When moving NPC Buildings, it’s possible to crash the client by overlapping structures/boundaries during placement.
  • Chat content from one account may be visible by a second account if logged in from the same client.
  • It is currently difficult to find harvest resources in scenes with the Surveying skill. This will be revisited after a VFX review of this system.
  • Deleting a character will reset the local settings for the entire client. Other accounts, or offline/online characters will also have their settings reset.
  • Some decorations placed in basements may shift through walls and end up in inaccessible locations.
  • Chaotic Clone is not distracting enemies.
  • Some scene instances may be bugged in which it is easy for players to fall through the ground. An existing workaround is to reload the scene.
  • Players may be unable to interact with objects via double-click if their framerate is poor. A workaround is to use the “E” interaction key.
  • Some spell VFX do not play properly
  • Some textures may look incorrect due to optimizations (white, black, pink, low resolution, pixelated, etc.)
  • Water lots in Dynamic Player Owned Towns can currently only be placed along shorelines, not on docks
  • Some pledge, add on, and stretch goal items have not yet been built and/or do not yet have tech support.
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About This Game

WARNING: THIS GAME IS IN EARLY ACCESS. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE IT UNLESS YOU WANT TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAME VIA CROWD FUNDING, BUG TESTING, AND FEEDBACK. PLEASE ONLY PURCHASE IF YOU ARE ALSO PREPARED TO HANDLE SERIOUS ISSUES AND INCOMPLETE CONTENT. PLEASE READ THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS PRIOR TO PURCHASE, MANY OF WHICH WARN YOU OF THE CURRENT UNFINISHED STATE OF THE GAME.

SUMMARY:


Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is a new type of third person fantasy RPG that combines a single player narrative with a sandbox MMO. It is being created by a team that includes: Richard "Lord British" Garriott the creator of the Ultima series, Starr Long the original Director of Ultima Online, and Tracy Hickman the author of the beloved Dragonlance Novels and Dungeons & Dragons modules.

  • Episodic Content: Shroud of the Avatar will consist of five episodes that will tell a series of virtue based stories created by Richard Garriott and Tracy Hickman. All supported by a series of prequel novels starting with Blade of the Avatar. Forsaken Virtues is the first episode (this is what you are purchasing access to).
  • Single Player Offline Mode: Players will adventure through over 40 hours of story in an interactive world where their choices have consequences, ethical paradoxes give them pause, and they play a vital part in weaving their own story into the immersive world and lore surrounding them.
  • Selective Multiplayer Modes: If you want to go through the story online you can play with everyone in a single world with three different online modes (Single Player, Friends, and Open). All items available in these multiplayer modes are also available in single player offline via purchase in in-game gold or other resources.
  • Classless Character System: Vast customization options with hundreds of skills and spells in over 20 different skill trees.
  • Skillful Combat: A new way to prepare and fight in an RPG by building custom decks of skills and dynamically activating them in combat.
  • PVP: Consensual with Open PVP flags, zones, and Guild Warfare.
  • Player Housing: Non instanced, finite, and embedded in the world with multiple group living options.
  • Player Driven Economy: Deep crafting system where the best items are made by players and player items are the main source of loot found in the game.
  • Pay Once to Play: No subscription fees. Each episode is a one time fee and everything in the game can be purchased with in game gold that can be earned (except for some exclusive backer rewards).
  • Social: Full Guild System, Highly Active Community and Player Owned Towns.
  • Crowd Sourced & Funded: Support the project by purchasing items in the add-on store or participate in telethon stretch goal exclusive item events! These online enabled add-ons and pledge items are also available to all players in offline mode.
  • Open Development: Players help shape the game by giving feedback on monthly early access releases, videos, weekly updates, blog postings, forums, chat, etc.

DEVELOPMENT ROADMAP


Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is currently in Early Access, so there are a lot of features and content still to be built. Even the current content needs polish and balance. On the last Thursday of every month we release a major update to the game that includes new features, new content, and bug fixes. We update the schedule for these on a quarterly basis with a final update for each release the day before it goes live.

Current Version

  • Housing: Purchase property and a wide variety of buildings to place there. These can be customized with hundreds of items (paintings, crafting stations, chairs, tables, food, plants, fountains, statues, lights, etc.). Players can also set permissions that allow them to share this property with other players. Higher level pledges begin the game with property and house deeds. (Find out more at www.shroudoftheavatar.com)
  • Crafting: Gather and refine resources to craft a wide variety of objects including weapons, armor, potions, food, and furniture.
  • Player Trading: Trade with each other for items or gold.
  • PVP (Duels and Zones): Fight other players in Open PVP zones of the map or 1 on 1 duels in any location.
  • Dual Scale Map: Explore the world by walking across a map (aka The Overworld) like old school RPGs with random and roving encounters mixed among named points of interest.
  • Combat and Magic Skills: We have over 100 skills in a wide variety of combat and magic schools including Blades, Fire, Water, Life, Polearms, Shields, etc.
  • Multiple Online Modes: Play how you want in one of two modes: Single Player Online or Open Multiplayer Online.
  • Character Customization: Customize your character's facial features, hair style, hair color, facial hair, skin tone, and gender. Also express yourself with a vast array of different gear that when equipped shows on your character. (cloaks, armor, weapons, hats, tools, torches, etc.)
  • AI Behaviors: Archers will try to maintain distance, warriors will try to surround you, Liches will summon skeletal allies, and villagers will turn on lights when night falls.
  • Advancement: As you gain experience fighting and questing you gain levels which give you skill points that you can use with a trainer to purchase new skills or to raise your attributes.
  • Hint System: Each time you attempt something for the first time a hint will appear with basic instructions (this can be disabled in options)
  • Fully Interactive World: Every attempt is made to make the world respond to you. All the lights you see can be turned on and off, doors can be opened/closed/locked/unlocked, objects can be taken from shelves/tables/etc.
  • Dynamic Lighting: Time of day changes as you play along with all light sources casting light in a realistic fashion.
  • Summoned Allies: Certain schools of magic can summon allies including Ice Elementals, Fire Elementals, Liches, and Skeletons.
  • Control Points: Grab control of Vertas Pass and see how long you can hold it against ever increasing waves of Dark Elves.
  • Emotes: Express yourself with a wide variety of emotes including dances, bows, laughs, bows, yawns, etc.
  • Guilds: You can form or join a guild
  • Banks: Store all your gear and loot when it gets too heavy to carry around.
  • Character tied to Pledge: All versions of the game (aka pledges) come with special rewards (gear, houses, titles, emotes, etc.).
  • Player Owned Towns: Players can purchase and customize from templates their very own town.
  • Player Vendors: You will be able to set up NPC vendors to sell the goods you have crafted or found adventuring.
  • Player Made Books: Write your own book in the game and pay in game gold to have it published widely.
  • Dye-able Gear: Customize your gear by changing the colors.
  • Crowd Sourcing Create content for the game (music, sound effects, and art) and be paid for it.

Future Updates

  • Story: A rich narrative that presents you with complex moral choices will come online closer to launch.
  • More Scenes: Many additional scenes will come online including cities, dungeons, deserts, arctic areas, swamps, fortifications, battlegrounds, etc.
  • Performance: Continued optimizations as well as sophisticated fallback routines will greatly improve performance.
  • More Magic & Combat Skills: More skills will be coming including the Chaos Magic School.
  • Localization: Support for multiple languages.
  • More Creatures: More creatures along with multiple variations and new behaviors.

We estimate reaching a Beta version with all features and content sometime in late 2017. All features and plans listed here are subject to change. We may modify, add or remove features as we see fit during the development process.

Website for more information: www.shroudoftheavatar.com

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor 2.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible AMD Radeon R9 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Performance significantly improved with an SSD
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVidia Geforce 640M
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5870 / NVidia Geforce GTX 775M
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Performance significantly improved with an SSD
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or newer officially but most linux flavors supported
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or newer officially but most linux flavors supported
    • Processor: Quad Core Processor 2.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6850 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 22 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Performance significantly improved with an SSD
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