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Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter passes halfway mark in two days

Designer Richard Garriott and Portalarium, Inc. have raised more than half of the $1 million Kickstarter goal for Ultima's spiritual successor, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, in two days.

After passing the halfway mark in funding, Portalarium posted a video featuring David "Iolo" Watson and Garriott. The video, which you can watch below, is a 23-minute discussion about the Ultima series and Shroud of the Avatar. Portalarium also recently hosted an hour-long livestream to answer fan questions.

The Kickstarter launched on March 8 and has about $616,000 as of Sunday morning. Shroud of the Avatar is a reinvention of classic, online fantasy role-playing with a greater focus on player choice instead of level grinding. Players will have the option to adventure, explore or remain as a homesteader. If funded, Shroud of the Avatar will feature a classless player system, player housing, online and offline gameplay, PvP that "minimizes griefing" and more.

The Kickstarter for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues ends April 7. The game is currently in development for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Read our feature on Garriott's vision for Ultima franchise's spiritual successor here.