Shroud of the Avatar gives the city of Yew its own Elvish identity

“Yew” is a name well-known to fans of Ultima, and the town’s namesake lives on in its spiritual successor, Shroud of the Avatar. For Release 50, the team is working on “uncloning” the current version and giving this new Yew its own identity.

“The Elven city of Yew has been shielded from outsiders by a nearly constants shroud of fog that only clears during certain alignments of the heavenly bodies,” Portalarium said. “The city itself is full of wonderful Elven architecture and because of the natural foggy defenses has never been fortified.”

Other projects that the team is tackling for the new year include improvements for its map system and the Wild Boar Clan. Release 50 is scheduled for January 25th and will be the second-to-last update before the game officially launches in March.

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TotalCowage .

Yes, I too can’t wait to visit this wonderful Elven city…

And see $600 steam punk airships, $350 4 story Kobold Halls, $300 Obsidian Towers, $300 bright red Japanese Samurai themed galleons dry-docked on land (because only early adopters can get water based plots and the game will go bankrupt before Episode 2, and that’s when they’d delayed even looking at implementing actual sailing too)…

… and quest there? It depends! The quest lines have been written and finalized for months, so I’ve likely already done it. The final polishing just means moving the NPCs to where they should be, but weren’t because despite being 3 years late, they’re still trying to get the world built, and replace all the cloned instances.

But if not, if it’s all new to me, and I can spend ages trying to even find where the NPCs are in this lovely “Elven” city, because the few remaining backers hate the idea of any modern aides to playing in a 3d environment. No glowing NPCS! No exclamation marks! No map at all unless you buy one! No world chat (except for Whale backers, natch)! Rummage around endlessly in the “wonderful Elven architecture” and “the natural foggy defenses” for that 1 bloke your quest journal hints at in terribly written prose!

After which, I’ll spend months grinding gold to try and buy my own plot in this lovely city, and then discover virtually no one takes in game gold for trade for big ticket items like housing (have a look for yourself)… Maybe I can rent a room, or even a home in the short term in a Player Owned Town (POT: $750 up to $6,000 real money, limited time offer only) and then find the landlord can boot you off and send all your possessions into his bank account… Wonderful!

Or maybe I should just sign up with the anti-elven faction, and role play a resistance fighter. Led by one “Phineas Drumplemouth”. Who was definitely not a Donald Trump caricature. Because the writing is just that brilliant.

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Victor Didra

I’m excited to see this. I’m a big fan of the elven buildings, and will be keeping an eye on Yew from now on in case someone let’s their location go.

kofteburger
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kofteburger

How come this isn’t the mmo most likely to flop?

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Because it already did. Since it isn’t having anymore wipes, many people consider it already launched.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Legends of Aria (Shards Online) is the spiritual successor of Ultima Online, not SotA

Solaris
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Solaris

I do love the city building in SotA. I just wish the game world was far less instanced.