And Richard Garriot is back. The creator of the Ultima franchise and Portalarium have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Shroud of the Avatar. Shroud of the Avatar is the first installment of Richard’s new vision and represents the reinvention of the classic, fantasy role-playing which he pioneered. A fantasy role-playing game that will focus more on player choices and discovery than on level grinding.
With Shroud of the Avatar, Richard and his team will try to reinvent the classic fantasy role-playing experience as the game will focus on what made his seminal Ultima Series great. Once players are introduced to the game, they will discover their own story woven into the immersive world and lore surrounding them.
Players may choose to follow the life of the adventurer or, if they prefer, focus on exploration and discovery.
Players may even choose the life of a homesteader; either nestled within the safety of the settled lands, or on the dangerous but potentially lucrative frontier.
What’s interesting here is that the game promises to feature a fully interactive virtual world (in other words, if it looks usable, it should do something).
The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $1 million in the next 29 days, a goal that should be achieved by the end of next week (or at least that’s our guess).