Richard Garroitt's Shroud of the Avatar announced

The man who arguably was the creator of the PC RPG, Richard Garriott, is going back to work on an all new franchise. Garriott, who launched the Ultima game franchise, has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the fantasy RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.

The Kickstarter page has the details of Shroud of the Avatar, which Garriott, sometimes known as "Lord British", is developing with a small team at Austin-based Portalarium. While the game can be played as an MMO, Shroud of the Avatar can also be played as an single player offline game.

The Kickstarter page states:

Using state-of-the-art tools and technology, the game will focus on what made his seminal Ultima Series great. Once players are introduced to the game, they will discover their own story woven into the immersive world and lore surrounding them. Players may choose to follow the life of the adventurer or, if they prefer, focus on exploration and discovery. Players may even choose the life of a homesteader; either nestled within the safety of the settled lands, or on the dangerous but potentially lucrative frontier. The world is full of opportunities and challenges!

The campaign launched just a few days ago but the efforts have already raised over $650,000 as of this writing. The team is looking for $1 million to reach its funding goal and with 27 more days to go it looks like it will reach that amount with some time to spare, Shroud of the Avatar is scheduled to be released in October 2014.

Source: Kickstarter | Image via Portalarium

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