Lord British (Richard Garriott) himself returned with a successor to Ultima and especially Ultima Online. Crowdfunded in 2013, Garriott promised to upend the sameness that inhabited the MMORPG market, a term that he coined himself and helped demonstrate the feasibility of the genre in its earliest days. Shroud of the Avatar released in Early Access on Steam in November 2014, with a full release happening in March 2018. In October 2018, the game went free to play, and in October of 2019, development and assets of the game were sold from Portalarium to Catnip Games, a company also owned by Portalarium CEO Chris Spears.
Shroud of the Avatar is about testing one’s character on a path filled with peril and tough decisions. Player actions carry meaningful consequences within the deep and persistent world of New Britannia by either upholding or breaking the Principles of Truth, Love, and Courage.
Shroud of the Avatar is developed by the veteran Portalarium team that includes Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, Starr Long, the original Director of Ultima Online, and Tracy Hickman, the author of the beloved Dragonlance Novels and Dungeons & Dragons modules.