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Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter ends at nearly double its funding goal

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Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, Richard Garriott's spiritual successor to role-playing series Ultima, closed its Kickstarter campaign with $1,919,275, almost double its $1 million goal.

The Kickstarter launched March 8 and surpassed its initial goal 10 days later. It continued to achieve nine stretch goals, which added features such as pets, weather, interactive instruments and more. More than 22,000 backers pledged to the project.

Yesterday, developer Portalarium, Inc. added final day bonus rewards to give the campaign a "last big push." New rewards begin at the $50 tier, extend to the $10,000 tier and include a Star Citizen in-game item designed by Chris Roberts, reprints of Garriott's old essays and new waterfronts.

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is expected to launch in October 2014. The series will launch in different episodes through yearly releases. Check out our in-depth report here.