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.