Ultima creator showcases Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

Veteran video game designer Richard Garriott (Ultima franchise), has revealed his latest ambition, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling.

The game, as expected, will be a fantasy role-playing game with a stronger focus on player choice and discovery rather than grinding, according to the Kickstarter page.

Unlike other RPGs, Shroud of the Avatar will have a classless system, allowing players to develop their characters as they play.

“Once players are introduced to the game, they will discover their own story woven into the immersive world and lore surrounding them. Players may choose to follow the life of the adventurer or, if they prefer, focus on exploration and discovery.”

“Players may even choose the life of a homesteader; either nestled within the safety of the settled lands, or on the dangerous but potentially lucrative frontier. The world is full of opportunities and challenges”.

The game is said to feature a fully interactive world, a deep fiction with ethical and cultural elements, a crafting system, physical items with the game (cloth map, manuals, trinkets), and even multiplayer.

There are a number of options for backers, including a $10,000 pledge option, which will get you a personal tour through Richard Garriott’s very own Britannia Manor.

Check out the Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter page.

Source: Kickstarter

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  • Wyzak

    Maybe that’s why they are asking for money to develop the game and not selling the game already?

  • Lycanthrope

    Yeah, I’m aware of that. I just mean that given the information and the game footage, it just doesn’t seem like a game I’d be willing to fund.

    Don’t get me wrong, I WANT it to be great, I WANT it to be something I’d like to play, it just doesn’t resonate with me. It leaves me paranoid of feeling like I did at the sight of Tabula Rasa–optimistic at first, but disappointed in the end.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I agree… Wow the graphics and stuff looks awful! He doesn’t even sound that excited about it :/ I am skeptical!

  • Wyzak

    They wouldn’t have focused on the graphics yet and it’s actually fairly impressive that they have such a far-along proof of concept already. Most of the other kickstarter projects have nothing more than concept art at this stage of the cycle.

  • Draco Lusus

    Yeah, alpha access testing is only beginning of next year. So this is rather good, like you say, considering the other kickstarters.

  • SiNCity

    Graphics should never compromise game-play. Minecraft

  • Vorastra

    Exactly, it’s 2013 and as I type this I’m playing Baldurs Gate Enhanced Edition and loving it.

    Edit: On the topic of baldurs gate. I hope Beamdog get the license to make Baldurs 3.

  • Wyzak

    Amen brother 😀 Anybody who has ever played Adom / Angband will vouch for that.

  • And leave a trail… of mouth poo.

  • As much as I loved the Ultima series, and was a long time fan and player of Ultima Online, he hasn’t made a decent game since 1998. And all I want to do is smash that arrogant face. I’m shocked he’s had so much kickstarter success already.

Ultima creator showcases Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

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