Gamescom 2014 – Shadow Realms is a new RPG from BioWare

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BioWare has been teasing their new IP for weeks now, with the reveal taking place during EA’s press conference at Gamescom this morning. It’s an RPG, it’s online and it’s multiplayer. This is Shadow Realms.

Shadow Realms is a modern-day fantasy RPG, with characters that wouldn’t look out of place in any major city today. The game is an online action-RPG that is heavily focused on multiplayer action. In particular, 4v1 gameplay that has four players squaring off against a more powerful single player. Think Evolve, but BioWare.

Shadow Realms will also focus heavily on story, with episodic content releasing over time. These episodes will introduce more gameplay and change the overall narrative, keeping players invested in an evolving world. There’s giant monsters and sprawling areas, exactly what you’d expect from a BioWare fantasy RPG. The only difference is the Shadow Lord, an almighty being that will be controlled by the single player on the opposing team.

It certainly sounds different, and I’m interested to see what people think of it after some hands-on time. Shadow Realms will be released on PC sometime next year, with an Alpha taking place in the next few weeks.

Last Updated: August 13, 2014

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Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Admiral Chief Beta Tester

    Ag nee dammit. All they needed to do is release KotOR 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I am excited about a new IP. Definitely going to keep an eye on this.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor


  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Online-action RPG? Yeah.. I’m out. My days of playing MMOs are over so in the immortal words of the Great Trevor “MMNO”

    • Johan du Preez

      They want to get onto the destiny hype train mixed with a bit evolve ….. sad but true.

      Yes lets copy other devs work as we have no more ideas of our own.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        That’s pretty much it Johan. It’s almost like the whole industry operates like a bunch of lemmings. They just follow the leader even if it means flinging themselves off a cliff.

        • Weanerdog

          Little know fact about lemmings is that they don’t in fact jump off cliffs. It was all a lie the lemmings filmed jumping off said cliff were in fact pushed during the making of a wildlife documentary to make it seem cooler. The company involved was none other than Disney. True or Internet myth, you be the judge.

          • Ohhhh, I call CARROT!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You ARE one.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor


          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Are you telling me that Disney would lie to a generation of young impressionable girls and furry loving boys? How dare you sir. Next you’re going to tell me that Walt Disney was an anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer? 😛

            (PS: Lol! I know about the lemmings bit, but it’s been so ingrained into our vocabulary. How else would you describe the march to an early demise?)

  • Macethy

    No thanks.

  • Xcalibersa

    [email protected]#@!# online rpg

  • Rags

    Just hope this does not sink bioware.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I’m surprised they didn’t learn from the Star Wars MMO, and are still pursuing that MMO carrot. If this doesn’t sink them, then I don’t know.

      • BacchusZA

        TOR is currently 3rd or 4th (depends on source) most popular MMO based on subscriptions.

        It’s a long way behind no 1, by several million subscribers – we are talking about WoW here after all :P- but the gap between 2 and 3 is pretty small, and TOR is actually doing quite well 😉

  • Kensei Seraph

    At least it’s not a MOBA.

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      I honestly thought that’s what it was during the first few seconds of the presentation,.It scared the crap out of me

      • Kensei Seraph

        Well to be honest it is a MOBA, just with a different team balancing.

        • Weanerdog

          Well a MOBA that you can level up your characters permanently.

  • Kensei Seraph

    I wonder what payment model they’ll use.
    WoW, GW, Dota 2, Candy Crush Saga or Dungeon Keeper Mobi.

    • Weanerdog

      Its EA probably all of them.

  • Johan du Preez

    No thanks I hope this ruins Bioware as they are a former shell of what they were. Another studio gobbled up by Activision and another top dev studio ruined. Only the ass licker’s are left all the great inovative talent left already …

    Sad though they were one of the best devs in the world in the 90’s early 2000’s.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      EA, not Activision, put your hate at the right feet.

      • Johan du Preez

        My bad but they are both evil bastards that sucks satans cock.

        It sometimes hard to tell the difference 😛

        • Alien Emperor Trevor


  • Galbedir

    ‘4v1 think Evolve’…Its like all gaming companies are part of some secret society that meets up every 3 years and agree’s to all make the same type of game just with a different skin…Evolve looks 1000000x better then this already. No Thanks.

  • Sovereign

    nope. I don’t care for dungeon master crap.

  • CypherGate

    Thats sad…

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