4-vs-1 co-op RPG Shadow Realms is canceled
The relatively ‘new’ and interesting game Shadow Realms that BioWare unveiled they were working on last year during GameCom, has now been canceled BioWare revealed today. Which is quite sad since the game itself looked very promising from the tiny bits of gameplay that was shown during GamesCom last year. The premise of the asymmetrical and dungeonesque multiplayer seemed very appealing as well.
BioWare cancels Shadow Realms
Over at the Shadow Realms homepage, Jeff Hickman the general Manager for BioWare Austin said today that Shadow Realms sadly is canceled, and that the team is needed on other projects.
“We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms. We fully recognize that this news is disappointing to some of our fans, so I want to explain more behind this decision.”
He continues, “While the team did amazing work on the game concept and we got lots of great feedback from our fans at events and through other game testing, right now there are other projects for the team to work on within the BioWare studios for the coming year and beyond. We’ve got an incredibly talented team here at the Austin studio, and they are excited and already deep on new projects within the BioWare family, ones that will make some great BioWare games even better.”
Now It’s understandable that there are other IP’s and games that they can work on, however is that really reason enough to can an entire project that actually had playable code? Shouldn’t they at least have run with the Alpha they had sign-ups for? In any case it seems that we won’t be seeing much of Shadow Realms anytime soon.
Jeff continues in his statement, “These include additional ongoing enhancements to the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as the next game in the Mass Effect series and other new IP, But the biggest focus for our team in BioWare Austin will be on Star Wars™: The Old Republic™. As every Star Wars™ fan knows, this is a massive year in the Star Wars universe. We have some great plans for expanding this epic game this year, and look forward to sharing the news about those plans with our players in the coming weeks.”
The only real good thing that comes out of this seems to be that they will spend more time on the new Mass Effect, and possibly some new content for Dragon Age Inquisition, as well as hints of a completely new IP, color me intrigued. And last but not least, I’ll leave you with a video from the GamesCom reveal Courtesy of IGN.