From the shadows, a voice whispered in Lord British's ear. It said, "If you build it, they will come."
Good news, Ultima fans! The spiritual successor to the franchise you invested so much of your time has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. Not that there was any doubt whatsoever that Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues (SotA) would receive the necessary funding to move forward, the only question being how much money would Lord British and company have to work with. The answer? Nearly twice as much as they were seeking.
SotA raised more than $1.9 million in funding courtesy of 22,322 backers who propelled the project well past its $1 million goal. The vast majority pledged in the $25 and $30 tiers, which collectively attracted almost 10,000 backers alone, though several thousand pledged higher amounts. Eleven people pledged in the $10,000 tiers.
"A sincere thank you goes out to all our backers for pledging your support to Shroud of the Avatar and helping us raise almost double our Kickstarter goal! This game would not be possible without your dedication and feedback – what a fantastic experience it’s been to interact with all of you, learning what is most important and desired in our new world," the SotA team stated on its updated Kickstarter page .
By blowing past the funding goal, the SotA team can implement a number of stretch goals, including one at the $2 million mark that they decided to check off (PayPal funding may have put them over the top). Some of the additional content that will now be added include a pet system, seasonal weather, interactive music instruments, new locations, the ability for guilds to declare as full time PvP, and much, much more.