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  • "If we don't do that, then the game will never be finished." Port response to funding questions

    Some questions came up on Steam regarding launch and funding and Portalarium responded insinuating the cash shop is the only money driving development.  They go on to say no one is being forced to buy from their add-on store even though in the same paragraph they suggest that if people don't buy from the add-on store then the game won't ever be finished.

    Topic at hand is "When is Release". We are currently in Early Access with launch coming up very soon (we will announce more of these details later this year).
    The reason some things (not the majority by any stretch) are in the store is to ensure we can continue to develop and eventually finish the game. If we don't do that, then the game will never be finished. No one is forced to buy those items, so it is entirely up to you.

    The first mistake here is to believe the lie that Shroud of the Avatar is in early access.  It is not, the game was released, launched and made live, live, live 24/7 on July 28, 2016.  
  • A Shroud of Confusion - Shroud of the Avatar Review

    What I find appalling is that Shroud of the Avatar is still being called "Early Access" despite launching all the major game systems finished or not in a persistent and Live, Live, Live manner. The game has been released and launched and Portalarium is simply using a Clinton'sque manipulating of the language tactic to avoid the accountability of releasing a boring, unfinished mess of a game.

    You could also ask what happened in its development in the past 3 years. As a former high dollar backer of the game that visited the Portalarium offices 3 different times in Austin, I can tell you that the game that Richard Garriott would talk about in person during those visit got my hyped and excited and I wanted to play the game he was describing, but unfortunately that description never matched up with that was being developed. One way or another, Mr. Garriott vision for the game was dismissed, abandoned or ignored and for that I decided to cash out and recover the money I had invested before it was too late. Needless to say I am disappointed in what I had hoped would be something awesome.