Shroud of the Avatar preps two more beginner zones, asks for localization help

    
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This Thursday, Shroud of the Avatar will be pumping out its latest monthly update, Release 41. There’s a lot in store for the patch, including the Norgard ruler Titan Grannus, who will be making his debut.

In this past weekend’s newsletter, the team spent a lot of real estate covering many upcoming areas and characters, including the all-seeing Oracle, new weapon designs spurred on by the recent telethon, and the Fall open PvP dungeon. Of particular note were in-depth looks at two of the new introductory zones that are in development: Highvale Outskirts and Bloodriver Outskirts. One’s got a monastery in the mountains, the other has a river of blood. You pick which sounds more appealing.

Portalarium also announced that it is resuming work on bringing the game to other languages and is looking for fan help in the effort. “We are reestablishing development support translating our game to Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese languages,” the studio said. “In order to meet the vast translation needs of our project, we return to you, our amazing community, in search of qualified volunteers with a passion for seeing our project reach many more players!”

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Toy Clown

I’ve been keeping an interested eye on this game for awhile. I just opened the newsletter, and out of curiosity, went over to the cash shop to see how pricing is. My jaw dropped as I added up $$$ in my head of all the things I wanted. The game’s a little too expensive for my blood!

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KABALYERO

the dollar prices are very daunting but… I have like 6 houses/lots in 6 different towns with rare and store houses but didn’t spend a single dollar… bought everything with in-game gold from other players… don’t let the $$$ scare you… there are players in the game who are selling them for in-game gold… (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

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squid

Someone remind Garriott what happened last time he tried using free labor in an MMO.

(hint: Got sued.)

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Loopy

To be fair, he’s asking for volunteers, not slave labour.

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BalsBigBrother

“In order to meet the vast translation needs of our project, we return to you, our amazing community, in search of qualified volunteers with a passion for seeing our project reach many more players!”

Translation: Please do for free what would normally be a paid job of work so that we can sell more games to a wider audience which in turn will gain us money of which you will not see a penny.

If I have misread that then I apologise but that is how that comes across to me and does the game / development team no favours.

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kofteburger

Well, if billion dollar companies like Facebook do it so can they.

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BalsBigBrother

and some folks shoot other people too it doesn’t make it right because someone else does it first.

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kofteburger

It’s treason then.

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Vagabond Sam

They favor low work, high yield methods.

Some cash shop items are even free unity assets adapted into their store as decorative tat at premium prices.

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Witches

That looks a bit out of place in SotA, i’m tempted to get the game just to check it out, but with my luck it will be in the pvp area…

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Alfredo Garcia

The kobolds are apparently masters of machine construction, making lots of clockwork/steampunk looking stuff. The oracle you encounter in the character creation area of the game is also some sort of machine.

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Solaris

Exodus: Ultima III’s end game Boss was a Computer who’s AI had gone awry, and that was 30+ years ago. This actually fits in that sense. A natural progression.

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Solaris

That image of the gigeresque being is pretty badass.