Shroud of the Avatar creates the quintessential cozy inn, changes up free trial offerings

    
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When travelers wander in to Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 49 later this week, they’ll find that one watering hole looks much improved than before. The team has been busy remodeling the Soltown inn to make it “cozier and more pleasant” for visitors.

Release 49 has a lot more than just a better-looking rumpus room; players will experience improved framerate, revamped wetlands, the new Elysium Mines, more ore nodes, UI polish, and winter recipes.

The team also notes that it is improving and experimenting with the free trial system (the next of which starts on December 20th). Free players will be marked as visitors, be moved over to the Path of Courage, have a level 50 skill cap, and restrict trade with others.

“Making these changes will allow us to leave the free trial up almost continually therefore maximizing the ability for players to try the game before they buy,” Portalarium said. “We feel firmly that giving players this no obligation opportunity is great for the health of the game and a fair business practice that we wish to pursue.”

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TotalCowage .

Just so everyone understands how morally dubious Portalarium are; any attempt to discuss the game now being Free to Play is deleted on their forums and the users risk being banned. Starr Long has insisted people refer to the game as “Freemium” instead to try and avoid the negative connotations of the game going F2P before it even launches.

However it turns out that they were signing contracts with their Russian publishers as far back as 2015 declaring that this was the targeted model, despite the Kickstarter being for a Buy to Own experience. When this was pointed out, in the comments below, you can see the official Portalarium Reddit account promptly throw their own partners under the bus and claim they’d never agreed to this. Worse, they even literally deny what they were simultaneously telling the media, including MassivelyOP in this very article.

This includes the reference to a Free to Play Stage, which we at Portalarium have no intention of doing at this time.

But they ARE. The Free Trials, which they’ve been turning off for a week or so each month to avoid the label, are now permanent.

Meanwhile, they also turned off the in game Lottery system, which was previously the only way to ever have a chance of owning a home that didn’t involve direct Real Money trades… although the majority of the winners were legally buying gold to purchase the tickets, so not really.

Possibly because I had reported them to the UK Gambling commission, and they likely needed a license because it’s legal to cash out the rewards on their forums too.

So now instead are vendors which allow you to buy deeds… with the Premium Currency only… and only for places in other people’s Player Owned Towns… which were $750+ Add On Store purchases.

Behind the fluffy media presentations, the game just keeps getting worse and worse.

And that’s before we get to the legal action I’m putting together about the year+ campaign of harassment that came from trying to warn people about the reality of the game. Hoo boy! But that can wait for another day. For now… psst. It’s free to play. In the worst possible way. It is. Don’t be fooled.

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Cadaver

Portalarium’s idea of the quintessential cozy inn is Fred West’s basement with a piano in it.

cambruin
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cambruin

I often wonder, is it we the community who have moved on and simply can’t appreciate old-school anymore, or is it Garriott being so out of touch? The game exudes old-school, that cannot be denied, but despite playing EQ2 from time to time, despite regretting the fact that I cannot play or support LotRO anymore, I simply do not feel drawn to SotA. And every news item, video or screencap only strengthens that feeling.

Then again, I may be sour over Tabula Rasa still, Ultima 8 and 9and Lord knows what else I have forgotten about.

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Jack Kerras

The issue I have with it is that combat feels incredibly old and wooden compared to all the way more interesting options that there are out there today.

It’s… I mean, Asheron’s Call had more meat on its combat bones.

shibby523
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shibby523

You have good instincts. Stay away from this money grabbing trash pile.

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Chosenxeno .

I can’t wait for all the drama that ensues when this game closes down.

borghive
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borghive

I log in once and a while, this game is dead, like really dead.

shibby523
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shibby523

Won’t be much drama. No one cares enough. Portalarium will blame gamers on the failure by saying that people just didn’t understand the game because of the advanced features.