We haven’t heard much about Shadow Realms since last year at San Diego Comi-Con when it was formally announced, and it turns out there’s a good reason for that; BioWare has opted to cancel it. Just prior to the announcement trailer we received six months ago, BioWare and EA geared up a teaser campaign for the game, which centered around the phrase ‘you’ve been chosen’.
Shadow Realms was slated to be a 4 versus 1 co-operative game that saw players taking control of either a hero, or a shadow lord to combat the heroes in what now sounds eerily similar to what we’re about to get with Evolve. Jeff Hickman, the General Manager at BioWare Austin, had this to say on the Shadow Realms blog.
We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms.
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.
The blog post also expertly managed to mention every BioWare game currently in development that we know about, and noted that the team at BioWare Austin going forward will largely be focusing on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
We hate to hear about a game being cancelled, particularly one that wasn’t announced very long ago, but these types of announcements usually also come with a reduction in force, which doesn’t seem to be the case here. So at least there’s that.