Most of the recent news out of Shroud of the Avatar has been leading up to this point: the launch of Release 86, which brings a number of features and paves the way for some other things to come down the pike.
In terms of immediate updates, R86 adds the Well of Aldur adventure scene and three new Shrines of Attunement, which are statues that provide three day-long attunement buffs, two of which can be stacked together. There are also some smaller quality-of-life leaning features in R86 like more options for gear patterns, dragon egg decorations that can hatch into Baby Dragon Conversationalists, and different varieties of public cache chests.
As for future updates, players can look forward to more gear patterns, more Shrines of Attunement, and a Weather Control Device that will let owners of towns control their town’s weather and biome. For now, the weekly newsletter has the details.