Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 22 is scheduled for tomorrow, and whoa does it boast a lot of stuff. Producer Starr Long has penned a lengthy set of instructions, and he says that the patch “feels like a turning point.”
R22 is important for two main reasons. First, one of the newly added story scenes hearkens back to Ultima and sets players on their starting path based on questions answered. Second, the sandbox experience is expanding thanks to fishing, emote teaching, and musical instruments. Music happens thanks to a variety of instruments that support ABC and MML formats as well as synchronized party play and planned support for in-game file management and song selection.
“This expansion in two axes is exemplary of the kind of game we are trying to make, while at the same time very illustrative of how challenging it is to do so,” Long says.