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

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.

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

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 Shroud of the Avatar Description Eliminates ‘CEO’ Title

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.

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

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.

Shroud of the Avatar – As Development of Episode 2 Begins, ‘Rightsizing’ Team Leads to Layoffs

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.