Shroud of the Avatar has swapped all store credits for gold crowns as of today

    
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Update 52 is old news – Shroud of the Avatar is already looking ahead to release 53 and beyond. So sayeth the game’s latest newsletter, which offers a peek into the development of the bustling and cozy Viking-themed town of Westend. “Westend is located on the western end of Verdantis in close proximity to the Verdantis Shardfall. Alongside this it is in close proximity to Norgard, so for this particular uncloning we decided to bring in our Viking style architecture and improve the theme of the area as a coastal swamp biome,” Portalarium writes. “The NPC center and cluster of shops in the heart of town have now received a major makeover with multi-level platforms that rise above the swamp alongside the addition of bringing in viking themed architecture, furniture and additional propping.”

The studio is also teasing the addition of brewing and a plan to run a double-experience event thanks to the “incredible” turnout for the stress test last month. In fact, Starr Long says the team had to boost capacity on the QA server for the event: “There were so many people, 330+ at one point in three instances!”

Finally, Portalarium has a business model change on the way thanks to its move out of early access and expansion around the globe (and into new taxation territories): It’s eliminating the store credit system entirely. But don’t worry; you’re not losing anything.

“We have made the decision to phase out Store Credits worldwide, rather then just removing them in some territories, while keeping them in other territories (like the US). We do not want anyone to lose any value in this process so we are going to do an equal value exchange of all Store Credits and Store Credit Coupons worldwide to Gold Crowns on Monday May 7 at 11:00 AM CDT US. Whatever the amount of store credits you have as of that time and date you will get the best and closest exchange rate. For example if you have $100 in store credit you will receive 115 crowns. This will affect all Portalarium, Travian, and Black Sun customers.”

In the meantime, players can spend their crowns in-game at gold crown merchants, but Portalarium says it’s considering adding such purchases to the website too.

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Mikka Hansen

This game is so utterly dead its almost comical

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Roger Melly

Really I always see loads of people running around when I play it . Not sure if its the game for me though yet to be honest but it certainly isn’t “utterly dead” .

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Mikka Hansen

Barely 400 concurrent steam players for a new MMO isnt dead to you? Lawbrealers had more than double that when people were readying the tools for the autopsy..

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Akagi

I agree that SoTA doesn’t feel alive, I don’t play it either. But you have to agree that you need less players for a game like [LAWL]breakers than you need for an MMORPG with a functioning economy and all the bells and whistles that come along with it. A match needs at least 10 players, so a 200 player population in an online lobby-based FPS is doable, but 200 in any MMORPG is outright tragic.

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xpsync

When i first started playing i had no idea how lazy modern mmo’s have made us.

I knew enough when i first started to stop and think, OK slow down for this one. I had thought i slowed down but was not even remotely close to how you play this beauty, now that i’m in the groove, oh yeah!

If you are really into the ping pong’ing around like a lightening bolt in modern mmo’s, you’re going to have a hard time adjusting to this gem.

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Mewmew

But like many of the deeper gems, it’s lacking in player numbers in part because of being deeper and more complicated (which I also personally love, but it seems that those like us are in the minority).

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Robert Mann

I’m going to say it was more people holding off after the weird. Those telethons did NOT help bring in players…

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xpsync

Have to agree the town i set up shop in a little after launch was very active.

I never played the game or followed it at all. It launched so i checked it out and yea, i love it but the town i’m in feels like my own personal town now, i’m the only one ever there.