Behold the first full gameplay demo of Richard Garriott's new RPG, Shroud of the Avatar.

He and his Portalarium team, now bolstered by new hire Starr Long - one of the three key people responsible for Ultima Online (the other two being Raph Koster and Garriott himself) - demoed the game at the RoosterTeeth Expo at the weekend.

"This is literally the first time it's been put together as a full demo," said Garriott as the demo began.

The footage of Shroud shown during the Kickstarter campaign was put together using off-the-shelf Unity assets. But the demo shown in this new video uses Portalarium-created assets, mostly, and represents what game will end up looking like.

"As a general rule," stated Garriott, "this is now the final form of the game." But do bear in mind that the game is only around three-months old.

The demo starts at around 21 minutes and lasts for around 20 minutes. A Q&A follows.

Shroud of the Avatar is due out in late 2014 on PC (Windows, Linux) and Mac.

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