Shroud of the Avatar adds two new adventures for Episode 2 access holders in latest release

    
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So a bit of good news: Shroud of the Avatar has added some new Adventure scenes with Release 93. The bad news: This content is only offered to those who bought early access to Episode 2 content once again, so unless you’re among those invested in the game to the point that you’re buying early access for a developing MMORPG, there might not be too much here for you.

For those who are Episode 2 access holders, there’s the icy realm of Jotungrund to explore with massive frost giants to take on and various rewards to collect like new weapons, a new artifact, and giant-sized decorations; and the dense forest of Bandits’ Run, which promises bandit hideouts to uncover, quests to take on, and plenty of treasure to find including four of the 12 new potion recipes currently in the game.

There are things for regular players of SOTA as well, such as regular agriculture plants now offering a chance to drop a decorative version, the aforementioned 12 new potions, new craftables, and a Withered Flesh Flayer Baby decorative plant that can be revitalized and then crafted. Because what player-owned property isn’t complete without something called a Flesh Flayer Baby? Other updates to combat, UI, and more are included as well, which are outlined in the patch notes.

source: official site, thanks to Mothballshow for the tip!
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 its corporate leadership and office status, and neglecting SEC filings legally required by the game’s equity crowdfunding. In 2019, 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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Narficus

This is a funny since Chris doesn’t know what a QA server is.

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PanagiotisLial1

That reminds me this:

Watch from 3:55 if you want to save time

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aYates

Is the playerbase for this game a cult?? :-P

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Shibby523

Some are, they actually have a church that deifies one of the past developers. Not sure if they disbanded after the dev left though.

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aYates

That’s amazing and scary!
I pledged to the Kickstarter at $500 lol
I was completely delusional that they were going to make some great MMORPG.
Luckily, pretty early on I sold my “land” and got my moolah back plus a Starbucks drink…whew.. So relieved I got out of that one!

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PanagiotisLial1

Its not a bad game for someone who loves crafting and chilling around plus bothering with an advanced housing system. I didnt kickstart but I visit it at times.

The biggest flaw I find is an overland map movement model has no place in a sandbox mmo and it still needs some optimization. ESO runs far better with a lot better visual than SotA

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aYates

It is unique. I’ll give it that. My current PC has trouble running it so maybe I’ll give it another look once I upgrade.
I liked that you could open a drawer and leave an item for anyone to find. The housing is pretty cool but then some neighborhoods seemed cluttered with random stuff.
I guess that’s the price of freedom!

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Shibby523

You did dodge a bullet there. Glad you got your money back.

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Narficus

Yes.

“Blood Buyer” = cultist who bought Richard Garriott’s blood. Even though Catnip Games is being sued by what appears to be a trademark troll, it should have been Scientology filing for theft of trade secrets.

Even though “I see new players every day” is a cultist line so often meme’d until it’s like an NPC bark, they really don’t care the intro of the game is absolute trash by even 2003 standards. Just give them new shiny trinkets for their digital ghost POTs they spent thousands upon so they can PvP Fish Dance Party since Chicken Fights and Dance Release Stress Party™ didn’t work out.

That is about the “chilling around” if you’re not going to Grindsville in badly-QA’d AFK Control Point mess where every update is marked by about a week of the lead dev figuring out what QA is for and then immediately shunting that knowledge to /dev/null in time for the next update mess.

Chris fiddled with things after the QA build and screwed up the giants being seen.
This happens EVERY patch and so there’s a few “catch-up” patches where the “dev team” scrabbles around to unfuxxor things.

One update they made the elves pink.
This is why I watch this game, it’s an entertaining trainwreck of doing everything wrong in MMO development, while the few remaining devs and cultists have been in denial since they keep finding someone to polish Lord Brexit’s ego (even though he’s not been involved for ages except for “a very fine story indeed!” and adding the most design he’s done in ages of a spoonful of Kraft Cheez Whiz to Kraft Mac & Cheese and before that explaining his absence to be someone else’s Kickstarter bait).