Shroud of the Avatar
Shroud of the Avatar

This is a really, really old screen, so don’t take this as a sign of the game’s current state.

Richard Garriott’s incredibly confusing single-player/MMO/co-op/PvP RPG, Shroud of the Avatar, is now on Steam Early Access.

Okay, so Shroud of the Avatar is a third-person sandbox RPG. It has a single-player narrative, and you can play it in offline single-player, friends-only multiplayer, or “open” multiplayer. It has PvP, and crafting, and player housing, and a classless character system, and a player-based economy, and no subscription fees. All of which sounds interesting, if a bit… well, messy. I can’t decide if it’s at risk because it’s trying to please everyone, or if it’s actually just Ultima Online with an offline component and the ability to play it without other people.

£25.49 will net you access to Episode One, which is what’s out now. Be warned that Shroud of the Avatar is still very much an Early Access game, though – according to the devs, “the game still needs a LOT of work” and there’ll be periodic data wipes, so don’t get too attached to your characters.

Head on over to Shroud of the Avatar‘s Steam page to see what’s in the current version and what’s planned for the future, and possibly even buy it if you want to give it a go right now.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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