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.

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Alien Legion

Where the heck am I? Hm, oh well, let me open a map. Oh there are no maps!

Ok, I figured out where I am, I have no idea how to get anywhere else, or where anything is. Let me grab a ride to another town. Oh are no travel options!

Forget combat and looking. Forget characters. For me, the killer is not being able to tell where the hell I am or how to get anywhere else.

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Alfredo Garcia

I downloaded, installed, played for a couple hours with no technical issues at all. Didn’t have to do anything special to get the game to play. Just allow it through Windows firewall like you have to do with every online game.

There are a lot of aspects of this game I like, or at least think are interesting. But there are also some aspects where I just don’t understand why they are so unpolished still at this point in the game’s development.

There’s little to no feedback during combat, making it hard to tell what is happening. The physics of the game in general feel very insubstantial.

I love the sort of storybook visuals of the game. Using lighting and shadows to make everything look like a miniature set.

I’m going to spend some more time in the game before I come to any personal conclusions about it. But at this point I’m wondering what the devs have been spending their time and money on exactly.

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Sleepy

Setting the game to full screen windowed from the launcher (no option from within the game) sorted my graphics corruption issues.

Still hated it though, didn’t last much past an hour. I’m exactly the target audience too, I cut my teeth on Ultima 3 and played every sequel obsessively. I still think Tabula Rasa was one of the best sci-fi mmos ever. This just seems…messy. Unfocused, unpolished (I know, alpha or whatever), but without any real idea what it wants to be, besides aggressively nostalgic, even where incorporating modern ideas would have been a wiser idea.

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Celestia

I wish I could get past my initial negative responses to their pre-release real money housing costs, but I just can not do it.

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medflash

This is one of those purchases that I deeply regret.

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Boom

My steam account feels soiled by this purchase so im with you there

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Dug From The Earth

So glad i didnt spend money on this, even on sale…

The game is pretty darn awful for anything other than midevil roleplay.

– Performs like crap. Stuttering everywhere, low FPS when not stuttering. This is on an i7 gtx 1070
– Heavily instanced, and in those instances, you will encounter invisible walls and other annoying aspects like forests with 2d trees acting as a wall that you cant pass
– There is intricate and in depth, and then there is just foolishly overly complex, which is what this game is in many of its mechanics
– Combat is plain awful
– Controls and response feel very “floaty” and delayed, as well as very clunky.

This game does a horrible job at bringing old school rpg aspects to a modern day. It feels like an amateur game made in a 2008 engine, that is still 3 years from being released.

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agemyth 😩

Works fine for me (and its kinda fun) /shrug

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Alfredo Garcia

Yeah, I had no issues running the game whatsoever, and I’m not using some massive rig either.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I’m a bit suspicious about some of the comments here. On my old computer it ran smoothly without crashes.

What I found annoying was how hard it was to interact with objects. Opening a door could take several minutes of clicking until finally reacted.

Beyond that Alpha is Alpha. The UI was clumsy and old, the music irritating. But Alpha…

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danh2os

Head over to Brittania and FPS drops into the mid twenties on my GTX 1070. However, they clearly state that the game is not optimized yet.

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Pedge Jameson

Outer space and Titanic trips a better dev does not make.