Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s new Ultima-like MMO, Shroud of the Avatar, will be available on Steam Early Access on November 24th. While the team felt initially “nervous” about moving to Steam, a successful run on Steam Greenlight squashed any trepidation. While you don’t need Steam to play Shroud of the Avatar in its early state, the team is calling out to all backers to help them test the game within Steam for functionality.
The news was de-shrouded by a Kickstarter update:
“We were nervous at first about moving to Steam, but are feeling great now based on the overwhelmingly positive and speedy results of our Steam Greenlight campaign, and the incredible support Steam has been giving us.
“With that said, we need this launch to be super smooth. So we need your help in R11 to play the game through Steam if you are willing.”
The current Release (11) has a ton of major changes too, such as an advancement system, combat modifications, crafting and how the Overworld map works.
A price has yet to be set for the Steam Early Access version of the game, but it’ll likely be around that of the “Second Responder” level on Kickstarter, which is $30.