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Shroud of the Avatar crosses $3M mark

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, Portalarium, Inc.'s crowd-funded fantasy role-playing game, recently passed $3 million in pledges, creator Richard Garriott announced via the game's site.

Shroud of the Avatar successfully ended its Kickstarter campaign last April with $1.9 million. Another $1.1 million has been raised directly through the game's website. In celebration of the milestone, Garriott wrote, the team will host a "late night Video Hangout" on Thursday, Jan. 23. More details will be available this coming week.

As previously announced, the game's second release will take place from Jan. 24-26; the update is only available to backers starting at the $45 pledge tier. The second release opens the game's shopping, second town, crafting and more. Those interested in receiving access to Shroud of the Avatar can still pledge.

For more on the game, read our interview with Garriott. Shroud of the Avatar is expected to launch in October for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.