Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, also simply known as Shroud of the Avatar, is a new type of third person fantasy RPG that combines a single player narrative with a sandbox MMO. It is being created by a team that includes: Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, Starr Long, the original Director of Ultima Online, and Tracy Hickman, the author of the beloved Dragonlance Novels and a number of Dungeons & Dragons modules. With a focus on immersive play and a sandbox world, Shroud of the Avatar is an MMO not to be missed.
Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Key Features
Episodic Content - Shroud of the Avatar will consist of five episodes that will tell a series of virtue based stories created by Richard Garriott and Tracy Hickman. All supported by a series of prequel novels starting with Blade of the Avatar. Forsaken Virtues is the first episode.
Single Player Offline Mode - Players will adventure through over 40 hours of story in an interactive world where their choices have consequences, ethical paradoxes give them pause, and they play a vital part in weaving their own story into the immersive world and lore surrounding them.
Selective Multiplayer Modes - If you want to go through the story online you can play with everyone in a single world with three different online modes (Single Player, Friends, and Open).
Classless Character System - Vast customization options with hundreds of skills and spells in over 20 different skill trees.
Skillful Combat - A new way to prepare and fight in an RPG by building custom decks of skills and dynamically activating them in combat.
PVP - Consensual with Open PVP flags, zones, and Guild Warfare.
Player Housing - Non instanced, finite, and embedded in the world with multiple group living options.
Player Driven Economy - Deep crafting system where the best items are made by players and player items are the main source of loot found in the game.
Pay Once to Play - No subscription fees. Each episode (released approximately annually) is a one time fee and everything in the game can be purchased with in game gold that can be earned (except for some exclusive backer rewards).
Social - Full Guild System, Highly Active Community and Player Owned Towns.
Open Development - Players help shape the game by giving feedback on monthly early access releases, videos, weekly updates, blog postings, forums, chat, etc.