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Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott sheds CEO title for Creative Director role

It looks as if some corporate reorganization is going on over at Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium, as Richard Garriott's CEO title...

MMO Business Roundup: FIFA lockboxes, anti-swatting policy, Fortnite on SNL, Free Guy, UO postmortem

Whenever our newsroom gets overloaded with weird industry-related articles that nobody feels like writing, another edition of the MMO Business Roundup gets its...

One Shots: Supporting characters

When you look for famous characters in your MMO, you may be looking for someone complete different than the rest of the crowd. Lt. Commander Hikari...

New Ultima Online book gathers developer and player interviews to document oral history

Old-school MMORPG players, heads-up for you: If you're a fan of Ultima Online or wanted to hear more about the seminal MMORPG after...

Shroud of the Avatar suffers layoffs, saying ‘right-sizing’ is needed ahead of episode 2

It appears as if Portalarium is suffering some layoffs and downsizing in the wake of the launch of Shroud of the Avatar: The...

Shroud of the Avatar’s release 54 today brings new house recipe, nested containers, and companion buffs – but not brewing

Fifty-four! That's the number stamped on today's Shroud of the Avatar release, going live at 11:30 a.m. EDT this morning. The monthly update...

Shroud of the Avatar has swapped all store credits for gold crowns as of today

Update 52 is old news - Shroud of the Avatar is already looking ahead to release 53 and beyond. So sayeth the game's 

GDC 2018: Ultima Online post-mortem with Richard Garriott, Starr Long, Raph Koster, and Rich Vogel

Plenty of panels at GDC are recorded and uploaded to the internet weeks after the event, including this one. It's not quite...

Shroud of the Avatar launches tomorrow, firms up release candidate

With weeks days hours to go before Shroud of the Avatar officially launches with Release 52, the crew at Portalarium are working on...

Shroud of the Avatar: Partying with Portalarium, countering pay-to-win, and the state of the game

The day is finally arriving: Shroud of the Avatar is formally launching next week. It's been a long journey. The path to this new...

Shroud of the Avatar addresses account migrations and teases R52 content, including female vendors

Shroud of the Avatar's next-to-last newsletter before its final launch is here, and it's chock-full of release 52 teases - that's the...

Shroud of the Avatar’s housing is expensive, but not impossible to acquire without RMT

When we covered Shroud of the Avatar's newsletter yesterday, one of the tidbits we mentioned was the plan for craftable housing. In...

Shroud of the Avatar on R51’s vendor changes, new maps, and bears

As Shroud of the Avatar surges toward its formal launch later this year, the devs are continuing their stream of weekly newsletters. This...

Shroud of the Avatar delivers Release 50 with balance, polish, and optimizations

Focusing on its top launch priorities for Shroud of the Avatar, Portalarium pushed out Release 50 today with tons of balance tweaks,...

Shroud of the Avatar cries wolf (upgrades), attends emulator anniversary party

Not satisfied with Shroud of the Avatar's storebought wolves (seriously), Portalarium decided to breed, er, rebuild its own creatures from the ground-up. The new...

Shroud of the Avatar elaborates on Release 48 changes

If you missed it, Shroud of the Avatar pushed out its November update pretty early this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday...

Shroud of the Avatar’s early R48 update focuses on launch priorities, polish, and performance

Shroud of the Avatar has rolled out Release 48 as of early this afternoon, which may just upset your internal clock a...

Shroud of the Avatar announces big gameplay change and new trial

Following the release of its October content update a few days ago, Shroud of the Avatar's weekly newsletter delivered a hodge-podge...

Shroud of the Avatar preps 46th release, focuses on ‘player direction’ inside the world

It's almost the end of the month, and you know what that means: Shroud of the Avatar's monthly update. R46 is due...

Ultima Online preps for 20th anniversary bash, updates players on enhanced client fixes

Ultima Online isn't considered the progenitor of the MMORPG genre for nothing: It's closing in on 20 years of operation next week, to...

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