Richard Garriot, or Lord British, as Ultima fans like to call him, has veered away from RPGs for a while, but at long last he’s coming back, and he’s doing it on Kickstarter with his new project Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.
The game will be released on PC as an Online RPG with the ability to also play offline. Playing with friends will be possible, but not in a Massively Multiplayer environment, as Garriot himself specified.
This is how he introduced the project:
Shroud of the Avatar will include what I think are the keys to an ultimate role-playing experience. these important tenets include things like a fully interactive virtual world, deep original fiction with ethical parables such that players’ choices are relevant, cultural histories and fully developed alternative languages and text. Also we want our players to have physical game components like cloth maps, fictional manuals and trinkets. These are all things that people came to expect in my earlier works and we plan on bringing them all back to create Shroud of the Avatar.
This will not be a Facebook or casual game. We think it will appeal to a multitude of audiences, but we are planning on making a game that will harken back to the same design principles that you can find in my earlier games.
And we couldn’t be happier to be introducing the game on Kickstarter, which has really changed the landscape for game developers. It allows us to connect directly with our fan base and it keeps us from being so dependent on the traditional publishing model. There’s now a direct feedback loop with people who like our game and have decided to back it. With Kickstarter we can listen to what our fans are saying about how we are developing the game and make changes and additions based on that feedback, before the game launches. We hope people will like what they are seeing and hearing about Shroud of the Avatar and back the project on Kickstarter.
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues will be a PC game available via digital download with episodic content available later for a charge.
You can check out the introduction video with Lord British in the flesh below, and pledge your own support here. Things are going well, with $228,145 pledged (of the $1,000,000 goal) in three hours by 3,867 backers.