''Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues'' is Richard "Lord British" Garriot's SpiritualSuccessor both to his own cult RPG series ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' and to its MMORPG offshoot, ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''. Envisioned as part one of the ''Shroud of the Avatar'' pentalogy, ''Forsaken Virtues'' is to be released at some point in 2017 ([[DevelopmentHell probably]]), with later installments coming out annually after that. The first game was [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/portalarium/shroud-of-the-avatar-forsaken-virtues-0 funded]] on Website/{{Kickstarter}}, collecting over $1.9 million in pledges.

The game is set in a WideOpenSandbox of the ConstructedWorld of New Britannia, which is still recovering from the massive {{Cataclysm|Backstory}} that destroyed the old civilization several generations ago. Furthermore, the population of the world is under constant threat from the monsters spawned by the Cataclysm, and the prophecies tell about the impending EndOfAnAge, which many fear will be much like the Cataclysm itself. You, as the Avatar, return to New Britannia and are tasked with following the eponymous [[KarmaMeter Virtues]] (Truth, Courage, and Love), facing the HiddenVillain, and ultimately restoring peace and harmony to the world.

While the game will be fully playable offline, the devs actively promote its "Selective Multi-Player" mode, which aims to be the middle-ground between small-scale CoOpMultiplayer and a full-blown {{MMORPG}}. In short, it works by allowing you to select which other players (if any) you want to play with, so that no others can join your game. Offline characters will not be playable online and vice versa.

The ''Shroud of the Avatar'' series will [[https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=47929 tie in with]] the upcoming ''VideoGame/UnderworldAscendant'' series (and vice versa) in the same way the core ''Ultima'' series was connected with the ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' games.

Watch the early [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wckfc-0WyPs gameplay video]] and the[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo2_QDNO_V0 E3 2014 trailer]] on [=YouTube=]. See also the [[https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?page_id=19 official FAQ]] for more details.
!!The game will provide examples of following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: The world of ''[=SotA=]'' is seeded with the remains of the old civilizations destroyed by the Cataclysm. The modern civilization is basically built upon the ruins of old.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Downplayed. If your hometown falls under siege, you will not be able to access any facilities in it (including your own house) until you lift it.
* AndYourRewardIsInteriorDecorating: You can loot or craft various non-functional enhancements and place them on the walls and floor of a house you own.
* ArcNumber: ''[=SotA=]'' seems to have inherited the ArcNumber 8 from ''Ultima'': there are eight magic schools, eight combat schools, etc.
* ArtificialScript: Like ''Ultima'', all in-game inscriptions are made using an invented alphabet (despite being technically in English).
* BagOfHolding: Driven to rather ridiculous lengths in order to avoid BagOfSpilling: if you lose the land lot you built your house on, ''your entire house'' (including all decorations) is put into your inventory, to be redeployed once you purchase enough land again.
* CataclysmBackstory: The "great Cataclysm 400 years ago" alluded to by Arabella.
* CharacterClassSystem: Averted. The closest it comes to a class is the "Avatar archetypes" (warrior-melee, warrior-ranged, wizard-offensive, wizard-defensive), which seem to be just appearance templates rather than traditional classes.
* CharacterLevel: The Avatar has two independent levels: Adventuring and Crafting, increased by gaining the respective kind of XP from appropriate activities.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: The artists asked female community members to submit photos of their faces to base the female Avatar models upon.
* ConstructedWorld: New Britannia, the successor to Britannia and Sosaria of [[VideoGame/{{Ultima}} old]].
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Garriot claimed that the word "shroud" has multiple meanings in the context of the story.
* DropInDropOutMultiplayer: If you play online, you can switch between visibility modes (not seeing other players, seeing only friends, and seeing anyone of comparable level) anytime you are in a town.
* ElementalCrafting: Light Armor is made from cloth or leather; Medium Armor, of chain or scales; and Heavy Armor is steel plate. There are also shields, which are considered armor.
* ElementalPowers: There are eight elemental schools of magic in the game: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, Sun, Moon, Life, and Death. There is also Chaos, which is not an element in itself but stands in the middle of everything else.
* {{Expy}}: Conrad Dupre, Knight of Norgard, is a pretty transparent one of Dupre ThePaladin from the old ''Ultima'' series, while Fiona Fitzowen is essentially a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] Iolo [=FitzOwen=], down to wielding a crossbow as her signature weapon. Ariel Rosehaven may be an incarnation of Mariah the Mage, another of the Avatar's old companions.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: The Avatar.
* {{Feelies}}: In a deliberate throwback to ''Ultima'', physical editions of the game come with varying amounts of "swag", as Garriot likes to call it: a cloth map of the world, a runic script reference document, a metallic Collector Coin, etc.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: While the game imposes no such restrictions on the Avatar gender, the first created male Avatar model belonged to the warrior-melee archetype, while the first female Avatar was warrior-ranged.
* HiddenVillain: The Avatar is destined to face the "hidden ruler of this world" at the end of their journey.
* AHomeOwnerIsYou: When playing online, you can own a house in one of the major settlements of the world, though you have to pay in-game currency monthly for the land it stands upon and you lose your land after half a year of inactivity. Offline, you don't have to pay anything and your land and houses always remain yours.
* ItemCrafting: Just as in the ''Ultima'' series, crafting is an essential part of the gameplay. An early demo showcased an Avatar chopping down a tree, sawing the logs into planks, making a chair, putting it on the roof of his house, and sitting on it. Crafting is divided into three stages, and each has five skills that form a chain from raw resource to final product:
** Gathering: Mining, Forestry, Agriculture, Field Dressing, and Foraging
** Refining: Smelting, Milling, Textiles, Tanning, and Butchery
** Production: Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Tailoring, Cooking, and Alchemy
* KeywordsConversation: The game deliberately uses the same system as its ''Ultima'' forebears.
* LordBritishPostulate: You can kill Lord British in ''[=SotA=]'', but it's still very, very hard.
* NonPlayerCompanion: NPC companions can only be hired in the single-player offline mode to avoid multiple players running around with the same NPC in tow. The first episode (''Forsaken Virtues'') will feature three companions: the OldSoldier Conrad Dupre on the Path of Courage, the WanderingMinstrel Fiona Fitzowen on the Path of Love, and the stern scholar Ariel Rosehaven on the Path of Truth.
* NoStatAtrophy: Averted since the switch to the StatGrinding skill system, as the unused skills are now decaying at a very slow rate with the progression of the in-game time.
* OldSaveBonus: You will be able not only to import your character from one game to the next, but also [[NewGamePlus from a later game back into the earlier ones]].
* OurElvesAreDifferent: The "seekers of truth, the elvenfolk of legend" are said to be lost in the mists of their own illusions.
* {{Ouroboros}}: Part of the Combat Sigil.
* OverworldNotToScale: This has caused a lot of contention among the backers, but the devs have defended their vision, as it allows them to create fewer but more detailed locations (that can be accessed from every tile of the world map) than in a completely continuous world.
* ThePaladin: Conrad Dupre, while not explicitly called a paladin like his old ''Ultima'' counterpart, is an honorable knight who fights with a sword and a shield and wields [[HealingHands healing magic]] in combat.
* PlayerPersonalityQuiz: The game uses a simplified version of the ''VideoGame/UltimaIV'' personality quiz during character creation.
* TheProphecy: One of the ancient legends foretells the EndOfAnAge in the same year that the Avatar enters the game world.
* RandomEncounters: While traveling on the world map, you can be interrupted by a random enemy attack. Except [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]--them, you see coming from afar.
* RespawningEnemies: Par of course in the online modes, but downplayed offline: enemies in some locations never respawn, others do but only at certain plot points (like sieges), and yet others (like wildlife) respawn regularly to provide a constant source of crafting materials.
* SkillScoresAndPerks: Skill points were originally gained with character levels (Adventure and Crafting levels give points for respective skills) and could be spend on Active and Innate (passive) perks. With Release 21, however, the game switched to StatGrinding instead. Perks form a skill tree and new ones have to be unlocked by visiting a trainer after clearing all the prerequisites. Multiple points can be invested into said perks, increasing the passives' effect and giving the Avatar more "copies" of actives, so they can be used more often.
* SteamPunk: Some elements of it are mixed into the StandardFantasySetting.
* [[TheSixStats The Three Stats]]: {{Strength}}, Dexterity, and Intelligence are the Avatar's primary attributes. Derived from them are Health, Defense, and [[{{Mana}} Focus]].
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The Avatar comes to New Britannia from Earth, Lord British's homeworld.
* TheUndead: The undead in New Britannia are creatures of Spite, the antithesis to Love.
* WeaponOfChoice: The Avatar can specialize in Blades (swords, axes), Polearms (halberds, spears), Bludgeons (hammers, clubs), or Ranged weapons (bows, crossbows).
* WideOpenSandbox: Just like in ''Ultima'', the players are free to go wherever they want and do whatever suits them.