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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