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Upcoming Shroud of the Avatar Aims to Avoid Server Downtimes

In a recent interview, Richard Garriott aka Lord British, shed some light on their upcoming Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.  Garriott is the creator of the famous Ultima series.

Gamer Nexus talked to Lord British who shared some details about their effort to create a different "server model" for the upcoming massive multiplayer online game.  Basically, the game will keep all players together in one online world instead of separating them in several servers or shards. This means every player will have a piece of the server running in their computers.

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This kind of server will enable players to play in three different multiplayer modes. Players can play alone, with friends only or private groups or play in an open world. 

Lord British told interviewers the game severs "never had even one moment of unscheduled downtime."

This is good news for players used to online server downtimes. It's uncertain if their servers will be able to handle the actual number of players that will play the Shroud of Avatar once it comes online.  Garriott assures the servers will be able to handle the increased load, however.

The interview also touched on Garriott and his team's influence in today's gaming terminology.  Some of the terms they popularized included "MMORPG" which stands for massive multiplayer online role playing game.

Garriott is pushing to launch the Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues alpha version this summer while the beta version will be released this autumn.  The complete game is scheduled to be released at the end of 2015.

Players can gain Early Access to the game by pledging to donate a minimum amount of US$45.  For more details and to see an early preview of the game, you can go to their official website.

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