Shroud of the Avatar’s Portalarium transitions into publishing, may consider partnerships

Barreling toward this month’s Release 44, Shroud of the Avatar is (ahem) fleshing out its Elven population with better models and even female models. Elf-lovers need not soil their breeches in excitement, as these are (for now) solely NPC models and nothing that players can take out on the town for mailbox dancing.

In addition to polishing the Jaanaford scene and reworking the Boreas boss model, the team has activated a nearly month-long trial of the game. That means that now through July 26th, you’ll be able to test-drive Lord British’s newest fantasy realm.

Speaking of his highness, Richard Garriott is the focus of a recent VentureBeat interview. In addition to doing a little post-mortem on Tabula Rasa, Garriott indicated that bigger things are coming for him and his studio.

“For us to really succeed as a company, we’re not only going to grow as a publisher for Shroud of the Avatar, but we’re going to grow to publish other products from creators of worlds,” he said. “I anticipate, in five years or so, that we may feel the pinch to partner up with a much larger company.”

If you’d rather hear than read Garriott, may we suggest MOP’s June podcast with the creative team behind SOTA?

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Schlag Sweetleaf
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Space Captain Zor

I guess these are Potterian house elf style? Yuck.

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Targeter

Those Shroud elves are nightmare fuel for the terror tank. Good lord.

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Melissa McDonald

I prefer my elves to be Tolkien-esque, i.e. one step removed from an Angel. A beauty and grace that mankind cannot achieve. What I see here looks like something out of Alien Autopsy.

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MesaSage

This game is entertaining, to say the least. Actually what I mean is news about this game is entertaining.

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Rottenrotny

It’s Smeagol with bewbs.

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Paragon Lost

The elves in that picture above… make me think of Area 51.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

came to me in a dream last night…

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Paragon Lost

Soo much awesome! Nailed it Schlag! heh.

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Melissa McDonald

I should have scrolled down before making my comment LOL ;) good call.

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Utakata

…is out there! (And in this game, apparently. o.O )

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Jack Pipsam

I am still curious how SoA will actually go once it is actually “launched”, whatever that means anymore.

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yoh_sl

Wait, that’s an elf? I thought it was a vampire.
Not that I mind, traditional elves are boring as shit.

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Solaris

Elves in SotA are def not standard high fantasy elves. It is kind of a nice take on a race that typically is the vanilla flavor we all grew up with.

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yoh_sl

Well it’s attention grabbing at least.

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Loopy

Something like this?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

*Puts down the can of Coke that I just spewed across my play station*

Mr. Schlag owes me a new monitor. :(

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yoh_sl

Well, that’s different.

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