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BioWare cancels multiplayer RPG Shadow Realms

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BioWare has confirmed it has cancelled multiplayer RPG title Shadow Realms.

Development of Shadow Realms, the asymmetric multiplayer action RPG from BioWare Austin, has been cancelled.

Despite the fact BioWare and Electronic Arts only revealed the game at GamesCom last August, the game has been totally cancelled.

BioWare Austin is the studio behind the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG, rather than series like Mass Effect or Dragon Age.

Shadow Realms was supposed to be an asymettrical multiplayer-action RPG, set in a modern fantasy world with some nasty monsters. One player would control the Shadowlord on the monster side, while four human players would have to work as a team to take on the monsters – a la Evolve.

“We’ve made the decision to not move forward with the development of Shadow Realms”, explained BioWare Austin General Manager, Jeff Hickman. “We fully recognise 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 trhough 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.”

Apparently, the former Shadow Realms team will be helping out on Dragon Age: Inquisition projects, Mass Effect 4 and the mysterious new BioWare IP.

“But the biggest focus for our team in BioWare Austin will be on Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

It may well be that BioWare has decided Shadow Realms wasn’t quite worth the investment over other existing game series.

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