EA announced yesterday that BioWare’s upcoming “modern fantasy” action RPG Shadow Realms has been cancelled. First announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, the game was set to be an episodic 4v1 (Evolve anyone?) online action RPG where players choose one of six classes or play against others as the Shadowlord.
Jeff Hickman, General Manager of BioWare Austin, announced yesterday on the Shadow Realms blog that development would not continue and the development team has been moved to making additional enhancements on Dragon Age: Inquisition, working on the next Mass Effect game, and another new IP. Hickman went on to say that the biggest focus for BioWare Austin will be on working on an expansion for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™.
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.
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.
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.
Shadow Realms was set to release some time this year for the Windows PC’s. What do you think of the cancellation? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook! And in case you missed the hype, check out the live action trailer and some early footage from the game.