Shroud of the Avatar goes free-to-playPortalarium’s episodic RPG makes major changes four months after round of layoffsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 31st October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlePortalariumRichard Garriott’s crowdfunded episodic RPG, Shroud of the Avatar, has gone free-to-play.Development studio Portalarium announced the shift today, alongside a major revamp of the game’s user experience.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We are thrilled to open up Shroud to a larger audience of gamers,” Garriott said. “We have removed almost all gameplay restrictions from our free players. Now those players can trade freely with other players, own land and play through the entire story! This means that you no longer need to make a purchase to have the Shroud of the Avatar experience!”This past June, Portalarium seemed to be struggling with the game as the studio underwent a round of layoffs. At the time, Portalarium said the layoffs were for the purpose of “adjusting our team size to better match our current monthly revenue.”Shroud of the Avatar launched in March after raising over $12.3 million in crowdfunding toward its development.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesShroud of the Avatar developer lays off staffPortalarium downsizes team to match revenues as Kickstarter rewards are shippedBy Rebekah Valentine 2 years agoGarriott reassures backers after fresh crowdfunding push exposes financesPortalarium boss says studio tends to operate with $500,000 in the bank despite $11m in donationsBy James Batchelor 3 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.