You can try Shroud of the Avatar for free right now
Sing me a song of a free trial, sing me a song today!
Right this very hot moment, Shroud of the Avatar is testing out a free trial to see how its system works. What does this mean for you? If you haven't purchased this early access title, you can jump into it for free right now to give it a whirl.
As you may expect, the trial does have some restrictions and stipulations. Players will be labeled as a visitor and denied the ability to buy, trade, own land, engage in open PvP, and play offline. The free trial period runs through March 9th, at which point any participants will need to purchase the game to retain their character data and progress.
The fact that this trial is a "test" suggests that it will return in the future, perhaps in a more persistent form.