shroud of the avatar

Official Site: Shroud of the Avatar
Studio: Portalarium
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The MOP Up: ARK’s free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This past week ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you’re still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

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Make My MMO: Ascent’s launch, Elite’s Engineers, and Star Citizen’s new concept ship (April 16, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, space games have dominated the headlines. Indie Kickstarted sandbox Ascent: The Space Game formally launched out of early access into the wilds of fully live games, and Elite: Dangerous announced that the beta for its next big update, Engineers, will be live within the month. Star Citizen, meanwhile, announced a new concept ship, the MISC Prospector, that made eyebrows rise on even the normally CIG-friendly Star Citizen subreddit. The ship costs $140 now and is expected to rise as it progresses from concept to hangar to actual playability. (Thanks, Cotic!)

There’s a bit of bad news too for two games we’ve been watching: Sacrament’s Kickstarter finished well short of its goal, and LUX’s Kickstarter, which ends tomorrow, isn’t quite to 50%.

Remember Shadow’s Kiss, the vampire-themed MMO on Patreon? It’s got new gameplay footage out (which you can watch below). And don’t forget our own Justin Olivetti’s handy guide to getting started in Project Gorgon!

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on.

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s studio report (April 9, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen published a massive studio report, complete with a brand-new video on EVA transitions for first-person combat.

Meanwhile, Sacrament posted about its Druid class and roleplaying system, Shroud of the Avatar showed off the Halls of Artifice and Valhold in its latest newsletter, and The Repopulation spinoff Fragmented announced an April arrival on Steam’s early access.

LUX joins our list this week with a new Kickstarter to fund the development of a survival sandbox MMORPG reminiscent of Don’t Starve.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Make My MMO: Crowfall’s Siege Perilous is underway (April 2, 2016)

Just a year after Crowfall’s Kickstarter was successfully funded, ArtCraft this week kicked off Siege Perilous, a targeted test of part of the castle siege system (read: woot, catapults). That puts the game in pre-alpha 1.3, for those counting along at home.

Meanwhile, Ascent: The Space Game added co-op combat, Shroud of the Avatar triumphed over DDOS attacks to launch Release 28, and Camelot Unchained barreled toward beta — with ballistae.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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29 sassy insults for the e-thugs who are DDOSing Shroud of the Avatar

Sadly, this one isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke, or if it’s a prank on the part of the perpetrators, it’s not a funny one.

Shroud of the Avatar’s Starr Long told players earlier today that the game has been struggling with a DDOS attack since early this morning.

“Unfortunately we are under a Denial of Service attack from at least one source (perhaps multiple) that started at 3:00 AM CDT. We are blocking them as quickly as we can. If you are getting ALTAIR9000 disconnect messages that is the cause. We apologize for the inconvenience and we are working hard to solve this issue as quickly as we can.”

This isn’t the first time the game’s been DDOSed on the eve of a major launch; almost a year ago, e-thugs decided to screw with the Release 17 launch. Release 28 began rolling out yesterday.

Source: Official forums. With thanks to Daras!

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Shroud of the Avatar massively expands its world

Have you ever had those moments where you realize that the world is a lot bigger than you previously thought? For Shroud of the Avatar players today, that’s not just an illusion but the result of a patch that greatly adds on to the game world.

“Release 28 represents a huge expansion of the Novian landmass with 42 new scenes appearing in seven different regions,” the team noted. “Those scenes include adventuring areas, towns, mines, and dungeons.”

Today’s update also contains an overhaul of the male character’s looks, a continuation of the game’s story, additional visual tweaks, sheet music for musical instruments, shooting stars, and the option to perform bulk crafting and bulk salvage.

Shroud of the Avatar will perform two more wipes, one in April and one in July, before its persistent state launch in late summer.

Source: Release 28 instructions. Thanks, Daras!

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s Starfarer, Dragon of Legends’ Kickstarter win (March 26, 2016)

This week in crowdfunded MMO development, Dragon of Legends’ Kickstarter ended successfully, netting over $15,000 US for the OARPG studio; Star Citizen released alpha 2.3, complete with the long-awaited and gorgeous Starfarer; and Shroud of the Avatar previewed the once-glorious kingdom of Valhold.

Meanwhile, we peeked at Grim Dawn’s modding tools, watched as Greed Monger was abandoned (again), saluted Project Gorgon’s flower arranging patch, and considered whether William Shatner should voice all the things and not just Elite: Dangerous.

Don’t forget to drop by our Q&A collection thread for Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs, who’ll be a guest on the Massively OP this week and needs at least a few thousand more questions to tackle. Then read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Jukebox Heroes: MMO tracks to make your heart happy

Music doesn’t just speak to emotion; it often evokes it, conjuring it out of thin air with notes and tones and those squiggly lines on the staff that always confused me in band. If you don’t like being emotionally manipulated, you probably should never listen to music, since it is downright underhanded in tweaking how you feel at the moment. Of course, once you’re aware of it — and you all are — you can use that manipulation to your benefit by altering or enhancing your mood at will.

Maybe it’s the most innocent drug of them all: Just pop a music pill and wash it down with a little boogie. Feeling down? Here’s a tune to perk you up! Need some energy to get going? This track has 180 bpm of pure adrenaline! Want to write some college freshman poetry? Put on an album that distills inky depression into a vortex of black notes.

While I do like a wide range of emotional compositions, I am certainly partial to MMO tracks that positively exude unabashed joy. Today, in no particular order, I’ve put together a playlist for you of six MMO songs that make your heart happy.

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Make My MMO: SOTA’s new dude, Sacrament’s Kickstarter (March 19, 2016)

Shroud of the Avatar is about to get a new dude — a new male avatar, that is. Come release 28, SOTA’s art team will unleash him into the world. Portalarium’s latest dispatch also includes a walkthrough and some gorgeous screenshots of Brittany (no relation to Britannia, we’re sure) and the Halls of Artifice.

We welcome two new games to the Make My MMO list this week. As promised, Sacrament’s Kickstarter went live this week; Ferocity Unbound Core Studios seeks $250,000 to make its sandboxy MMO. And Age of Sail MMO Caribbean Conquest hopes to raise $42,000 and change via Kickstarter to continue its development.

Meanwhile, Grim Dawn tuned its difficulty modes, Camelot Unchained got a new alpha patcher, and Pantheon talked up its old-school magic.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Shroud of the Avatar shows off more environmental screenshots

How pretty do the environments of Shroud of the Avatar look? According to the most recent development update, very pretty. The entry opens off with a screenshot of Brittany, capital of New Britannia, showing players what to expect down by the city docks aside from the smell of fish and any number of boats.

Of course, that’s only a place to start – the update also shows off more screenshots of the Kobold-filled Skrekk and the Shores of Malice (including regions within said shores that are far more malicious in appearance). Players can also check out the update for a rundown on upcoming community events and a reminder to update their shipping addresses for physical rewards once the visual tour has been fully surveyed.

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Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous’ Oculus launch (March 12, 2016)

Frontier confirmed this week that Elite: Dangerous is indeed destined for the Oculus Rift; in fact, everyone who owns the game will be able to download the Oculus version at no extra cost and play it beginning March 28th, the day the Rift itself launches.

Meanwhile, we got an in-depth look at Shards Online’s skill system, Project Gorgon dropped a mega patch, and we prepare for the arrival of Sacrament on our list as it’s headed to Kickstarter next week.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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Shroud of the Avatar shows off kobold style

As players venture deeper into the underground of Shroud of the Avatar, they’re going to run into kobolds. That’s just the reality of things. But the kobolds of the game aren’t simply bags of experience to be popped – they have their own style, their own technology, and their own way of building dwellings. The most recent developer dispatch covers the style of kobolds and the look of the race’s settlements.

Kobolds utilize a variety of technology to keep their underground living spaces functional, with hydroponics to grow various fungi underground and mine cart tracks to ship supplies hither and yon. There’s plenty of community news contained within the update as well, but if you just want a slice of the world’s style, you could do worse than getting a good look at how the kobolds lead their lives. Although you might want to turn up your monitor’s gamma a bit first (kobolds do not prioritize lighting, it seems).

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Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria’s $900k goal (March 5, 2016)

Indie MMO Chronicles of Elyria announced this week that it’s plotting a May Kickstarter with a $900,000 goal. The game is probably best known for its fairly original aging and death mechanics, which are tied into its business model.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen pushed alpha 2.2 live, Camelot Unchained passed its “send more programmers” stretch goal, City of Titans produced video of its “functional first pass” build, and AdventureQuest 3D joined our watch list with news of its planned October launch.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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