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Invest $30,000 in Shroud of the Avatar to get a golden castle

Shroud of the Avatar crowdfunding

With the first episode of Ultima Online successor Shroud of the Avatar hoping to release in July, developer Portalarium is looking for more crowdfunding to continue development. Following a Kickstarter, independent crowdfunding and investment from outside parties, the studio still needs more cash to create this expansive fantasy MMORPG.

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Founded by industry veteran Richard “LordBritish” Garriott, Portalarium has to raise a whopping $2 million in the next two months in order to keep Shroud of the Avatar going. As they have already had a Kickstarter, Portalarium have taken to the crowdfunding website SeedInvest to raise the cash needed to develop and now publish Shroud of the Avatar. There are special investor rewards for this round of crowdfunding, but you have to invest a minimum of $500 to even support their campaign. They range from a golden cloak and golden clockwork armour if you invest $500, right up to a solid gold castle and airship if you invest $30,000.

As part of this new round of crowdfunding, Portalarium have released their financial records for investors to look over and it makes for some startling reading. The company has spent a grand total of $18 million since the beginning of the project, and only has $500,000 left in the kitty. The records also state that Portalarium have spent an average of $200,000 a month on development costs. With just the first episode of Shroud of the Avatar set to fully release between July and November, you’ve got to wonder how Portalarium can sustain development of the whole series if this is what it has cost to make just the first game.

The ‘Risks and Disclosures’ section of the SeedInvest page is suitably frank with investors, listing all the potential issues that Shroud of the Avatar could run into during development. With one of the main risks being that the game “may never become commercially viable,” I can see this campaign being quite the hard sell.

With the many of Steam reviews for the Early Access version of Shroud of the Avatar being overwhelmingly negative, I doubt many fans who already spent money on the Kickstarter will be reinvesting in the project.

Thanks Gamasutra.

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MrJinxed Avatar
11 Months ago

Why would anyone fork over even a single dollar for this game. It's nothing but broken promises and a broken game that'll never be finished. It has been in development for well over 3 years, and it's still pre alpha.

The game is hilariously bad, and full of micro transactions. Sadly just because Lord British was good at thinking up game worlds way back when, does not mean anything at all today. Honestly, if you've spent over 25 million dollars and still only have a horribly broken mess to show for it, it's time to realize it won't happen and walk away.

BigM Avatar
10 Months ago

I keep attempting to like the game, yet with so many problems and not actually getting any real updates for months the game is DOA!

Looks like the old guard that gave us a great game with UO, it sure looks like they have lost their touch in creating the next game!

I expect Star Citizen to go bust next and then it could be the end of Kickstarter! Of course, this is just my opinion.

michael_berg Avatar
10 Months ago

If we would know, what amounts of money the game industry spent in game development the last 5 years, we would have another view of this, I think.

It's easy to say after a few years, that an invested amount was wasted. But there is a process in development.

Same you could say to someone spent $ 5.000 in a bike the last 3 years and wonder why he will spend another $500 in the next 6 months to make a good bike a great one ...

"hilariously bad"?

No, I can't confirm this from my view.

Every time we express a feeling with good or bad.

My feeling is: they've done a good work - and in the next 6 months the finishing/end polishing will be done.

It is fun to play, except a few things you can read about in the community forum where the players share their thoughts about. A great way to communicate about a game to make it better ...

Have fun - it's just a game!

Hearty Greetings


ThoreGundi Avatar
10 Months ago

I think its a great game! and they're not going bankrupt any time soon guys!