The Shroud of the Avatar team is sitting pretty on top of this past week’s Release 44, but there is always more to be done to get the game ready for launch. This week’s newsletter shares a little how the update improved the looks of its Crayola-pack dragons, but mostly the attention was given to how insanely busy the team will be promoting the MMO in August and September. Appearances at Syndcon, Gamescom, PAX Dev, and Dragon*Con are all on the calendar, as is the 45th major build, which should come out on August 31st.
The team also informed the community that another test of its free trial program is set to run from August 9th through the 30th, so you’ll be able to play for free for most of the month if you so desire.
In a press release this afternoon, Portalarium announced that it and Travian — a company you’ll remember as the European publisher for Crowfall — will also publish the game beyond Europe and North America, pushing into South and Central America, the Middle East, and North Africa. Russian publishing will be handled by Black Sun as previously reported. Calling the game “selectively multiplayer,” the companies say it’s reached the “story complete” stage and reaffirm that the “full commercial release” is still coming later in 2017.
“In Release 45, players actively testing the game will receive the ability to ‘reset’ their story status, and thus be able to get a fresh run through the now completed main quests, without having to start a new character,” Richard Garriott notes.
We’ll be streaming the new update and more this afternoon; tune in to OPTV at 3 p.m. EDT.