Richard Garriott’s Kickstarter for the “Shroud of the Avatar”, covered in a past Ogre Jungle article, came to a close today. The Kickstarter’s goal, which was set for $1,000,000 and reached within only 10 days, was completely blown through with an ending amount of $1,919,275 from 22,322 backers. The fact that the goal was nearly doubled goes to show you that Garriott still has quite a good number of dedicated supporters.
Following the close of the Kickstarter, Portalarium, the developer building the project, posted this message giving their thanks and thoughts on the campaign,
“A sincere thank you goes out to all our backers for pledging your support to ‘Shroud of the Avatar’ and helping us raise almost double our Kickstarter goal. This game would not be possible without your dedication and feedback–what a fantastic experience it’s been to interact with all of you, learning what is most important and desired in our new world.”
It is great to see that Portalarium was able to receive nearly double its requested funding amount. More funding means more content for us all to enjoy! If you still have a want to donate to the project, you can do so through the “Shroud of the Avatar” pledge page (It does require you to be a registered user).
The “Shroud of the Avatar” is set for a PC release in October of 2014. The title is planned to be broken down into 5 large ‘episodes,’ as Garriott calls them, and the October release of episode 1 has been dubbed “Forsaken Virtues”. The remaining 4 episodes are to be released on yearly intervals following the episode 1.
As an offered bonus of the Kickstarter campaign, backers will have an alpha build to play around with by the end of 2013. Portalarium will offer more information on the alpha as the time draws nearer.
Also, if you were not aware, the Portalarium team has added well-known “Dragonlance” and “Deathgate” author, Tracy Hickman, to their ranks. If you are fans of his work than you can expect a pretty great story to go along with the amazing gameplay the team will hopefully supply us.
For more information on the project, and any updates being made to it, you can head on over to the official “Shroud of the Avatar” website.
Please comment below with your thoughts on the “Shroud of the Avatar” project. Thank you for reading and take care!