Posted Tue, Mar 19, 2013 by Martuk
It looks like Richard Garriott will get to make that Ultimate RPG that he’s been talking about. Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues recently hit its $1 million Kickstarter goal with 19 days left to go. While Garriott hasn’t released a full list of Stretch goals, he has posted a short list of items that include a pet system at $1.1 million and seasonal weather at $1.3 million. More will be revealed later.
In addition to the recently reached goal, Tech Director Chris Spears has posted a new video update to the Kickstarter page to further explain Shroud of the Avatar’s offline and online features. Spears explained each in his post as the following:
Single player offline:
This is the DRM free, completely off-line version of the game. Your character is stored on your computer and can not be used in any of the online modes.
Single Player Online (SPO)
In the SPO mode you connect to the server, receive content updates, and can see the long term changes others are having on the world. However, you are not visible on anyone else’s screen, nor for grouping, and you don’t see anyone else in the world. You can switch from SPO to FPO or OPO modes whenever you like while in a city or overland map. Some parts of the main storyline quests may temporarily force the player into SPO mode for some parts of the quest.
Friends Play Online (FPO)
In friends play online, you only see people you have flagged as friends in the game and only they can see you. Like single player, this is just a server side filter. For those who prefer the quieter game with friends or maybe for those who prefer a more focused role playing experience, this lets you enjoy a more limited online experience. You can switch to SPO or OPO modes whenever you like while in a city or in the overland map.
Open Play Online (OPO)
In OPO players will see everyone that the server thinks they should see. This will not necessarily be all people in the area but should be people you care the most about based on what we believe is their relevance to you.
Check out Spears’ full video below and Kickstarter update for more.
Sources: Shroud of the Avatar Kicktarter