picks up on the story of the Avatar, the hero of Britannia. The country’s benevolent monarch is nowhere to be found, and an usurper named Lord Blackthorn has claimed the throne! It’s your duty as the embodiment of the Eight Virtues to make all wrongs right and recover the world of Britannia from the paws of Blackthorn and his three evil Shadowlords! This installation of the Ultima series expands on the world of Ultima 4 in a number of ways: towns are larger, have more unique buildings, and NPC interaction has evolved. With enhanced dialogues, diverse conversation topics, and a diverse array of characters, Ultima V shows that Lord British kept raising the bar for games looking to call themselves an “RPG.” The day and night cycle affects the gameplay. For example you can’t shop at night because the NPC shopkeepers are asleep! Delve into the world of Britannia and save its inhabitants & moral codex!
Richard Garriott on Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues
"It plays like Ad Hoc multiplayer, you play singleplayer and any friend can join you in real time while your playing. I'm resolved to build whole new world, frankly I did that one for 20 years into Ultima. it's a good excuse for a fresh start. "
"Whether its Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, it has to say something about the human condition, something that speaks to you. Contemporary. The role I want you to play as... is you. "
"You don't get multiple characters that you can switch back and forth with, this is you, your always responsible for your decisions. "
"You don't need multiple characters or a classing structure. Today you'd like to explore about being a fighter then more power to you, if you'd like to learn more about magic, more power to you! You never have to really restart, you can evolve your character as you see fit. But that way its always you, that way I can have the game judge you based off your actions. Not the alter ego your embodying today. "
"A third of the team is people that have worked with in past Ultima games in the past, a third are people I've head hunted away from games & teams I admire from teams in nearby field often not RP, and a third are green horns, some of which haven't even played Ultima. Giving an interesting blend of ideas. People who wanna do something fresh and people who think they know how its done."
" Q: so your main target is PC?
I've always been a PC developer, with the rise and falls of consoles, I've always been a PC guy..."
Richard Garriott, the award winning designer and creator of the Ultima franchise, makes his triumphant return to the genre that earned him a place in the Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Shroud of the Avatar is the first installment of Richard’s new vision and represents the reinvention of the classic, fantasy role-playing which he pioneered. A fantasy role-playing game that will focus more on player choices and discovery than on level grinding.
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