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Shroud of the Avatar releases first test version to backers

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2013 10:15am PST

Richard Garriott's crowdfunded game Shroud of the Avatar has released its first test build to backers, letting them create a character and explore a town.

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"Please do! It's been too long since we've had a good Ultima game"

- Mecha Tofu Pirate see all 11 comments

Shroud of the Avatar progress video shows off 11 minutes of gameplay

By Steve Watts, Jul 12, 2013 2:30pm PDT

Richard Garriott has released a video of the Shroud of the Avatar prototype he recently showed at the Rooster Teeth expo.

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"Yeah, thought I hope we can stay zoomed in all the time and not have the overhead map."

- Ziz see all 5 comments

Portalarium Kickstarter ends, over $2 million pledged in total

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 08, 2013 1:00pm PDT

Yes, yes, people really are quite keen to see a new RPG from Ultima creator Richard 'Lord British' Garriott de Cayeux. Kickstarter crowdfunding for his new game, Shroud of the Avatar, wrapped up on Sunday just short of $2 million, and was pushed over that mark by direct pled...

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"I dunno, it doesnt look that bad. He got my $30. If anything, I get a copy of Shroud of the ..."

- jdcope see all 9 comments

Shroud of the Avatar multiplayer options range from offline to dozens online

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 18, 2013 11:25am PDT

It seems people are quite keen to play a new RPG from Richard Garriott, creator of the hallowed Ultima series. As Shroud of the Avatar races towards its crowdfunding goal of $1 million, his studio has dropped more information on the various multiplayer options it'll offer. T...

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"I backed it on day one but this makes me a bit leery, I like tight, focused designs and this ..."

- MikkleThePickle see all 9 comments

Shroud of the Avatar to put roleplaying back into RPGs, Garriott hopes

By Kat Bailey, Mar 13, 2013 11:00am PDT

Richard Garriott is not the first great designer to turn to Kickstarter as a means to fund his work. But while Shroud of the Avatar, his long-awaited return to game design, directly references the classic Ultima series, Garriott is banking on more than nostalgia.

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"I am excited about it, but the game play so far really looks generic. I did like Dragon's Dogma, ..."

- Ominous Prime see all 15 comments

Episodic content would alleviate 'mistakes' of MMOs, Ultima creator says

By Kat Bailey, Mar 13, 2013 9:00am PDT

Having been involved in role-playing games for so many years, starting with the Ultima games, Richard Garriott is quite qualified to discuss what is wrong with the genre. And one of the biggest mistakes being made by MMOs today is spending so much time and money on the game ...

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"Which is exactly what it needs to be, and I think that style of gaming is going to come back soon."

- HL3dsx see all 19 comments

Richard Garriott announces Shroud of the Avatar

By Steve Watts, Mar 08, 2013 10:00am PST

Richard Garriott's "Ultimate RPG" has been revealed, a spiritual successor to the Ultima series titled Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. It's currently seeking crowd-funding via Kickstarter.

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"Sometimes, I say stuff as if I'm being serious, but I'm not, this was one of those times, I ..."

- one random winner see all 25 comments

Zynga publishing Garriott's 'Ultimate Collector'

By Steve Watts, Sep 07, 2012 9:35am PDT

Richard Garriott's first social game, Ultimate Collector, will be published by Zynga on Facebook.

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"They were smart to start the name of the game with "Ultima"te. Marketing smartasses."

- Metasparks see all 4 comments

Richard Garriott building 'New Britannia' iOS RPG

By Steve Watts, Jul 10, 2012 3:30pm PDT

Richard Garriott's company Portalarium has secured funding for two upcoming projects: a browser and mobile game called "Ultimate Collector," and his social RPG "New Britannia."

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"I still need to go back and play this game at some point. I heard there were some fan patches ..."

- Gwyndion see all 32 comments