Shroud of the Avatar adds player town teleporters and previews new building block types

    
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Shroud of the Avatar adds player town teleporters and previews new building block types

Release 80 is now live in Shroud of the Avatar and with it are new ways for players to blip between player-created towns. The teleporter items that were previewed earlier are now in-game, with a number of different types of things that can function as a route between player-created towns, from the previewed wagon to hot air balloons to ships to road signs.

With this new update, vouchers can no longer be utilized for new developer created player-owned town interconnections, but players can still request interconnections to NPC towns using service vouchers until NPC town teleporters become available.

As for the future of the game, players can look forward to a number of new building block materials including white and black marble, two types of granite, rough and polished wood, and iron. These new blocks will come in the same 110-packs and size variants as previous block sets, and will no longer be limited to just property decoration, meaning all block sets will be permitted as Player-Owned Town decorations going forward.

The Avatar Update post further outlines, among other things, a free potted sunflower for those who log in to the game. Whether it sings about zombies on your lawn or not is yet to be determined, but it probably doesn’t.

Longtime MOP readers will know that Shroud of the Avatar is a controversial game in the MMO space. Kickstarted in 2013, the game and its original studio have been criticized for cutting promised features, crowdfunding excessively, delaying Kickstarter rewards, obfuscating corporate leadership and office status, and neglecting SEC filings legally required by the game’s equity crowdfunding. Last year, Richard Garriott’s company Portalarium sold off SOTA to its lead dev and all but exited the game. Press inquires have repeatedly been met with stonewalling and insults, and equity crowdfund investors were seemingly abandoned without notice, but the game does still have players and is still being developed, as we continue to cover.

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Bruno Brito

Longtime MOP readers will know that Shroud of the Avatar is a controversial game in the MMO space. Kickstarted in 2013, the game and its original studio have been criticized for cutting promised features, crowdfunding excessively, delaying Kickstarter rewards, obfuscating corporate leadership and office status, and neglecting SEC filings legally required by the game’s equity crowdfunding. Last year, Richard Garriott’s company Portalarium sold off SOTA to its lead dev and all but exited the game. Press inquires have repeatedly been met with stonewalling and insults, and equity crowdfund investors were seemingly abandoned without notice, but the game does still have players and is still being developed, as we continue to cover.

Perfection.

sawthelightsota
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sawthelightsota

Pretty sure MOP’s SotA articles are all now being done tongue-in-cheek, with a huge dose of sarcasm about how any news about the game is almost entirely about new cash shop items for sale.

The addition of the disclaimer is to really hammer home that these are not serious news updates for anyone wandering in and thinking why on earth MOP even bothers writing anything about the game – at this point, it really is to highlight what a continuing disaster/laughing stock SotA has become.

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soup4000

These teleporters are a fantastic bandaid for the fact that moving around the world is a massive pain. Also a great opportunity to put more stuff into the premium store.

That disclaimer/note seems like a protest that the authors even have to cover this anymore.

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Songs for Children

The lead developer of the game has a history of trashing websites for perceived poor coverage or perceived lack of coverage, so it’s understandable.