Posted Fri, Jan 31, 2014 by Martuk
Brad McQuaid’s Visionary Realms development studio today announced a new collaboration with Richard Garriott’s Portalarium studio to develop a cross-game reward for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. The new collaboration agreement will provide players that back both projects with a cross-game cloak item.
Pantheon’s cloak will feature an emblazoned Shroud of the Avatar symbol (Lord British’s Coat of Arms), while Shroud of the Avatar’s cloak will include the Pantheon symbol.
Cross-game Cloak Symbolizes Community Between Players, Developers and Even Games
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jan. 31, 2014 - Visionary Realms, Inc. is proud to announce today its collaboration efforts with Portalarium, the development studio of Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar. As an opening endeavor both Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen and Shroud of the Avatar will offer a cross-game reward for those who back both projects. The pledge reward will provide these backers with a cross-game cloak that can be worn in either game to promote a growing community. Pantheon will feature the Shroud of the Avatar symbol (Lord British’s Coat of Arms) emblazoned on a cloak in their game, while Shroud of the Avatar will have a cloak bearing the Pantheon symbol.
“The opportunity to work with Portalarium is extremely exciting, not just in terms of what we can do together with our games, but also on a very personal level,” said Brad McQuaid, Chief Creative Officer of Visionary Realms, Inc. “Lord British has been a hero of mine since I was a teen, and ultimately was responsible for inspiring me into the video game industry. Lord British and Portalarium continue to be an inspiration with ‘Shroud of the Avatar.’ It’s a perfect example of how the core elements of games from years past can continue to influence and innovate in today’s industry.”
Richard ‘Lord British’ Garriott, Portalarium’s Co-Founder and CEO, added: “There is no doubt that Brad McQuaid led EverQuest to become the standard bearer against which all other MMOs would be compared, and most have been patterned. Just as I hope fans are excited about the return of the King of Britannia in Shroud of the Avatar, I have no doubt that Brad McQuaid will lead Pantheon to fulfill and expand the vision he began in the earliest days of the MMO era, and grow it into the future. I for one, look forward to what I will again learn from his leadership in gaming.”
McQuaid continued to say that "the evolution of how MMOs are made is happening right now. We're getting back to having the gaming community deeply involved in how the games are not only funded, but designed. A collaboration like this one only makes sense to further strengthen that growing community that involves not just the players and backers, but the developers as well."
# # #
About Visionary Realms, Inc.
Visionary Realms, Inc. was founded by a group of highly experienced and talented developers and designers who have been involved in an impressive variety of AAA MMO games. CCO Brad McQuaid has been often referred to as one of the key influences to the entire genre, having played a major role in the development and design of the first globally successful 3D MMO.
The team is dedicated to bringing their experience and knowledge to the development table to hone in on what made MMOs successful in the first place: the social interaction, challenge, and a virtual "world" in which players can become fully immersed.
Portalarium was formed in September of 2009 in Austin, Texas. The company was co-founded by legendary game developer Richard Garriott, who created Ultima, one of the longest running and most successful fantasy role playing game series ever. The company is currently developing its next game, the crowd funded Shroud of the Avatar (SotA). In addition to backers with financial contributions, the SotA community may also participate with art, sound, music and even design participation in the main game. This a game created for the community and with the community. For more information about Portalarium, go to www.portalarium.com.