Partnership with Black Sun Game Publishing

Press Release AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2017:

Portalarium®, an Austin-based game developer, today announced the completion of a deal with Black Sun Game Publishing in Moscow, to publish and operate Shroud of the Avatar™: Forsaken Virtues in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic States. Shroud of the Avatar is the spiritual successor to the hugely successful Ultima series of fantasy role-playing games created by legendary game designer Richard Garriott. The game is one of the largest crowd funded games ever, with more than $11.3 million raised since early 2013.

Shroud combines a single-player narrative story with a sandbox massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience. The production team includes Executive Producer Starr Long, who along with Garriott helped produce the groundbreaking Ultima Online MMO and New York Times bestselling author Tracy Hickman, who wrote the popular Dragonlance fantasy novels.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this deal with Black Sun Game Publishing,” said Portalarium CEO Richard Garriott. “We have a large and growing fan base in Russia and the surrounding countries. The Black Sun team is experienced and enthusiastic. They know their regional gaming community well and are ideally suited to bring Shroud of the Avatar to a very eager fan base.”

“It is a great honor for us to work with Richard Garriott, a legend of the games industry, and his team,” exclaimed Black Sun CEO Alex Yarovit. “There are many fans of his games, especially the Ultima series in Russia, the CIS, and the Baltic States. Shroud of the Avatar takes a lot of Richard’s hallmark RPG design principals and brings them up to date in a modern MMO and single player experience. We are looking forward to working further with Lord British and providing his newest creation to all Russian-speaking players. New Britannia beckons!”

Shroud of the Avatar’s crowdfunded campaign began in 2013. It remains in early access but it continues to generate monthly content updates to its backers. The game has now reached 41 straight months of continuous play without a single server crash. Currently with more than $11.3 million in crowd funding, Shroud is the second highest fully crowd funded game ever.

About Portalarium

Portalarium headquarters is in Austin, Texas. The company was co-founded by legendary game developer Richard Garriott, who created Ultima, one of the longest running and most successful fantasy role playing game series ever. The company is currently developing its next game, the crowd funded Shroud of the Avatar. In addition to backers with financial contributions, the SotA community may also participate with art, sound, music and even design participation in the main game. This a game created for the community and with the community.

About Black Sun Game Publishing

Black Sun Game Publishing (BSGP) is a Russian video game publisher that was established in 2014. The company develops and publishes only high-quality and interesting projects in Russia, the CIS countries, and China. BSGP’s top priority is to work with games that are unique to the industry and that can be called works of art on PCs and mobile platforms. BSGP also plans to tap into the console market.

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Press release can also be found on Gamasutra.


  1. ummikummik

    Now there is a translation into Russian. Is this their job? If yes, then I have questions:

    1) Where can I publicly comment on the translation?
    2) Why are the groups just created? And is privacy
    3) The main site is blocked by roskomnadzor ( – http: //
    4) There are a lot of questions in the Russian community of the game, since the behavior of the PR representative is not entirely unambiguous, and she (the representative) raised the issue of new Russian servers and moving (they do not plan yet, but they can get).

    1. Lord BritishLord British

      You should be able to post on the translation pages, BUT… We are just reorganizing the work flow and responsibilities now. It is premature to comment directly on Russian translated text, and yes it is known that certain pages are coming up/down etc. We will decide together how to best support Russian language players. Give us a month or so, before expecting to see the plans settle enough for consistent communication.
      – Richard Garriott

    2. Darling_JenDarling_Jen

      Hello, Ummik!

      I’m here as the mentioned PR representative. Let me answer other three questions. 

      2. We focused on SoTA as our main project, so all the news posted in our SoTA site and social media groups in VK, Facebook and Twitter. These site and groups are not just created, as you can see. 

      3. It is not true at all, bad joke. 

      4. As I said before, if a huge part of Russian community will want their own Russian servers, we will provide them – NOT instead of the main server but in addition. And we do not plan to force anyone to move.

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