Shroud of the Avatar shows off new hood patterns, gets a seal of approval from Richard Garriott


This week in Shroud of the Avatar, players can look forward to hoods. Specifically, cloth head patterns on the Cabalist Hood can be displayed with Release 85, where previously there were fewer options for those who wanted to show off their creepy headgear as well as individual style. Players can also look forward to more pattern capabilities applied to other varieties of artifacts in the near future. These hoods are a small part of the full newsletter, which is otherwise a list of seasonal items in the cash shop and supporter bundle details.

If this quality-of-life feature feels like another in a list of disappointing updates to the sandbox MMORPG, know that Richard Garriott doesn’t share in your feelings. In fact, according to a response on Twitter, he feels that updates to SOTA are “better every release.”

As for Release 85, players should expect that to arrive at some point this coming Thursday, December 17th.

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 cuts, stunts, delays, corporate shenanigans, and neglecting SEC filings legally required by the game’s equity crowdfunding. Last year, Richard Garriott’s 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 investors have been abandoned, but the game does still have players and is still being developed, as we continue to cover.
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