It's been available for backers to play for a while, but soon everyone else will be able to get their hands on it - developer Portalarium has announced that the game will release onthis November 24.
Shroud of the Avatar is another one of those ambitious online titles which promises players the freedom to do whatever they want; like Ultima you can either go down the traditional goblin-hacking adventurer route, or choose instead to settle down in a homestead out in the wilderness, trading in crafted goods and eking a living out on the frontier.
Interestingly you can also play the game offline or in three separate multiplayer modes, as part of what Portalarium call "Selective Multiplayer". The main quest-line will apparently take around 40 hours to complete, with a story written by fantasy author.
Hop on over to the game's Kickstarterfor more information.