Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott sheds CEO title for Creative Director role

    
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It looks as if some corporate reorganization is going on over at Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium, as Richard Garriott’s CEO title has apparently been dissolved.

“As we have adjusted our direction and team to focus on Episode 2 we have decided to eliminate any titles and positions with the word Officer, including my own which was CEO,” Garriott posted last night. “This leaves me to focus on my true role as Creative Director while Chris Spears and Starr Long can focus on the running of the team.”

It’s not entirely clear what impact the title shifts will have on the game; we do know the studio suffered a round of layoffs earlier this year. Release 59 is expected later this month, followed by November and December updates, with seasonal content, polishing, newbie experience enhancements, and the full player-made dungeon system. As Long notes,

“Q4 is just a warmup for 2019 which will be an amazing year for Shroud of the Avatar players! Crafting specializations (choose your effects!), Grandmaster Craftsman only effects, more loot improvements, more expansions to the fishing system, better boss fights and more! 2019 will of course culminate with Episode 2 which will have a new story, new lands, a revamp of the Quest and Journal system, a Theater System, Treasure Hunting with treasure maps that show up as loot, Item Affinity, Taming system expansions, Customizable NPCs, and expanded permissions for containers and doors!”

That, of course, hasn’t stopped Reddit from predicting certain doom, as Steam Charts shows the game not having grown significantly over the last few years on the platform.

Source: Official forums. With thanks to Padre.
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packagegrope

it’s not a world, it’s a map with a bunch of disconnected instances.

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shibby523

Have you looked at the map? It’s a huge box that hits all sides. Most unimaginative map I’ve ever seen. Of course need all that space to fill up with empty cash shop player owned towns.

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packagegrope

probably won’t help.

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Songs for Children

Why be stuck in a game designer’s brain when you can be stuck on an RMT treadmill instead! Yippee!

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Songs for Children

Actually, many of the people posting on Reddit still have active SotA accounts.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Richard, we’re gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B…

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xpsync

Awesome!

He probably forgot to put the new cover sheet on the TPS Report.

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Armsbend

If he has a telethon to permanently shoot him into his second home, space, I’ll donate.

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Songs for Children

*beg-a-thon

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squid

Sounds like he got McQuaided.

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Mine was too and it wasn’t even negative only mentioned its performance (which is outstanding btw, so fast, zero graphic lag, absolutely no network lag at all, best server client performance I’ve ever experienced in any online game! It’s like the server is directly connected to your pc locally through a 40GbE connection, it’s an amazing 0.0001 ms ping time, they could sell that net code for a fortune) if anything i was supporting the game for the peeps i met there and love the game.

:)

My post was most likely cooked because i responded to your post. lol

tbh there are allot of people there that play the game and love it, it’s the world they escape too so… i can’t say it’s a bad game, if old school is your thing you’ll probably love it, i thought i’d love it but limited time to devout to old school mechanics is the real problem for me. I enjoyed the time spent there.

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Caleb Cranson

You hit it right on the head. Unless you have hours to play each day the game is a continual grindfest lacking any depth or fun.

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xpsync

As i mentioned, there are lots of players (people) in game that are as passionate about SotA as Victor is.

The thing is, people will never stop waving the flags of discontent.

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This is the new content in the last “big” update:

Wyverns
Aether items from a beg-a-thon
30 (right on the nose despite them claiming 30+) new items are dyable. (Not new items but current items already in the game)
45 new recipes, blueprints, and patterns
Ability to start “practicing” laying down the very limited player made dungeon parts.
Leaf Backpack (from another beg-a-thon)
Silver Serpent Wand (from another beg-a-thon)
Community Cloaks (from player events and not available to everyone unless you met the requirements)

Cash Shop stuff:

9 new weapons
Pink Dual Wax Cylinder Phonograph (Breast Cancer Make A Difference)
2018 Rare Spooky Items
Not to mention several (non content) bug fixes and polish.

I would not say this was steeped in new content. More like owed items and a new creature. Not exactly content that would keep anyone that busy for too long.

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shibby523

That’s a lot of bug fixes and every month is like that. If they knew what they were doing it wouldn’t be such a long list each month.

I was actually making them look better by saying “several”, thanks for trying though.

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shibby523

and next month will be a hundred more bugs, I get it. They suck at programming.

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shibby523

Stop trying to invalidate everyone’s argument that contradicts your ‘perfect game’ picture you try and paint.

“They are trolls”
“These people don’t even play the game”
“These people sold off their accounts long ago” (there are only a couple that actually sold their accounts to try and recoup some cash they lost on this disaster, many actually refuse to partake in RMT)

This stuff is not true in the least. If you want to argue the merits of the game, then stop trying to invalidate everyone that does not like the game. You and maybe a couple other people are the only ones that even show up outside the official forums to try and pitch this game.

No on to the rest of your post:

Polish phase? 2 years out of persistence and they are still in polish phase? Really? There’s not a whole lot of content going into the game to warrant hundreds of new bugs every month.

I get that a game may always be polishing things, but not to this extent each and every month especially when there is only a trickle of new content.

You pick and choose the stuff you want to argue and leave the rest that you know you have no way to argue. Just say I’m right for once instead of picking on the fact I said “several”.

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shibby523

You hit the nail on the head

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Zora

Next step is to donning a Groucho Marx style fake moustache-and-glasses and shedding the identity of Richard Garriot itself to hop aboard the first flight headed for the Bahamas?

I need more caffeine, the week cannot end any sooner……

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Doot

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