On Thursday, December 13th, Shroud of the Avatar players will be able to log into the game to find both a celebratory holiday event and even more to love about fishing with the deployment of its second phase. Release 61 also comes with QoL improvements, bug fixes and much more, according to the team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.