Shroud of the Avatar has released a 25-minute update video looking at the game six months into its developed and narrated by Richard Garriot.
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has just recently hit its sixth month of development and to celebrate Richard "Lord British" Garriot himself has turned out to narrate a new update video nearly half an hour in length. The video starts with a tour of Kingsport Village, a seaside township where he reiterates the importance of housing in the game. "Player ownership we think is one of the major features, major attractions of Shroud of the Avatar, but that also means that it needs to be one the fairly early and important choices [players make,]" he said.
Moving on from Kingsport, the video enters the town of Owl's Head where the development team faded player housing in and out to show what the village would look like at the game's start and then contrast it with what it what it could be after players have moved in and taken over the village's building plots. Owl's Head, as shown in the video, will be split into an inner and outer city, with the inner city featuring thicker defensive walls and "city plots" that players will be able to purchase to build higher level and more expensive structures.
Following the tour of Owl's Head, the video then takes look inside several of the game's different styles of housing including Germanic, Nordic and Magic-themed houses among others. Garriot was able to discuss off some of the game's larger home options and the different methods that players will be able to use to expand on their personal property. For instance, players who run out of upward space will be able to dig basements to free up more room. He made a point of noting that the avatar being used during this segment was the game's first official reveal of a female player character in action.
Pressing on, the video focuses in on SotA's conversation system, which will use typed text as opposed to static text options. It also touches on equipment crafting, combat and gives a look at some of the game's prospective dungeons. It also gives a peek at a dragon (always a good thing) and includes some nods to the winners of the game's ongoing scene jams. While it can take awhile, we'd seriously suggest you watch the whole thing yourself as there's a lot of interesting content.