Shroud of the Avatar is now under new management — sort of. Austin-based Catnip Games has “acquired the operating assets” of the previous developers, Portalarium Inc., as announced in a forum post today.
Catnip Games is headed by Chris Spears, who served as the CTO of Portalarium for six years, being appointed president earlier this year. Portalarium co-founder Richard Garriott and Executive Producer Starr Long “plan to continue being involved in the community and within the game,” according to Garriott. Spears, described by Long as “an all-star A player,” said that
“The development team remains with the project, and we plan to continue with the established patterns of regular releases, frequent live broadcasts, community events, release parties, and a development cadence focused on both constantly improving the core game, while also working towards Episode 2.”
So what does all this mean for SotA going forward? Likely very little, if the same people are all involved, but it makes you wonder what the point was of the corporate juggling act. Considering some of the other issues Portalarium has had, such as losing its physical offices and its low player count, the answer is probably money-related.