Lord British - otherwise known as Richard Garriott, the designer of Ultima and Tabula Rasa - returns to his fantasy RPG roots by Kickstarting Shroud of the Avatar, hearkening back to his innovative early work.
- Experience a compelling multiplayer RPG story from the master of computer role playing games, Richard Garriott.
- Classless system lets you play exactly how you want.
- Backers get to share in creating the game through beta feedback and forums.
Garriott arguably began the current MMO genre with his groundbreaking design of Ultima Online. After a few stumbles with later editions of UO and troubled working relationships with publishers for his follow up Tabula Basa, Garriott has decided to finance and publish his next project by himself. Shroud of the Avatar had a successful Kickstarter campaign asking for $1 million and quickly raised more than twice that amount. Now begins the process of developing Garriott's latest contribution to the MMO genre.
There's little details on the story of Shroud but it will not take place in the world of Ultima because Electronic Arts holds the rights to that property. Garriott has tapped Dragonlance author Tracy Hickman to pen the story, as well as a prequel novel set in the game's world. The game will be somewhat episodic, with the first chapter called Forsaken Virtues due in late 2014.
You'll be able to play Shroud how you want with a classless system and the ability to concentrate on exploration or "homesteading" instead of pure adventuring. It also appears to be a hybrid between a true MMO and a singleplayer RPG, with more details to come on exactly how that will work. You can choose from an online multiplayer experience and a completely offline game.