The folks at Portalarium want everyone in Shroud of the Avatar to experience the joys of home ownership, which is why one of the major changes coming with today’s Release 62 update will be making it a little easier for every player to carve out a little slice of the world to call his or her own. Previously, players were rewarded with a deed to a plot of land after completing the entire story, which amounts to “approximately 40 hours of gameplay.”
However, after listening to feedback from the playerbase, Portalarium has decided to bestow the gift of landownership a bit earlier on: Now, players will receive their lot deeds for finishing any one of the Outskirts quest lines. But there’s still plenty of incentive to complete the story, as the reward for doing so has now been upgraded to include a village lot deed and a shingle-roof house deed.
The update also expands players’ options for back-slot equipment by making it possible for all such items to be masterworked and enchanted, thus allowing them to grant stat boosts — something that was previously the sole domain of the Shroud of the Avatar back item. Now, players can choose from backpacks, which increase strength and carrying capacity; cloaks, which increase defense and attack speed; wings, which increase dexterity and movement speed; and quivers, which increase dexterity and ammo recovery.
And to top it all off, the update also introduces some quality-of-life improvements for homeowners. As of this update, the property taxes for “all Lot Deeds larger than Row,” have been significantly lowered “in order to reduce the burden of property ownership.” In addition, the devs have “increased the prepayment time of taxes, made it so lot deeds can be upgraded with Crowns, lowered some lot deed prices and made various improvements to the in-game store.” And of course, the update also comes with the usual smorgasbord of bug-fixes as well as a few other small content additions, such as the arrival of young dragons. For the full details on all the additions and fixes in Release 62, check out the extensive patch notes on the game’s official site.