BioWare axes 4v1 action/RPG Shadow Realms

Last August, after a series of teasers, BioWare took the wraps off of a new 4v1 story-driven action RPG named Shadow Realms. Now, just six months after that initial announcement, the game – and all its potential – has been scrapped.

Jeff Hickman, general manager at BioWare Austin, broke the news on the game’s official website. He explains that the studio (and publisher EA) has made the decision “to not move forward” with development of the game. Acknowledging that this is “disappointing” news for fans, Hickman explains a little more:

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.

Those projects include, of course, ongoing work on Dragon Age: Inquisition, the “next game in the Mass Effect series”, and – cryptically – “other new IP”. Most notably though, BioWare Austin is focussing on this year’s epic release: 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.

To everyone who signed up for the Shadow Realms Closed Alpha (and we know there were a few of you), the studio is “working on a way” to thank you for your support. For the lucky gamers who were able to play Shadow Realms at games events over the past six months, BioWare is grateful to you also.

This isn’t the first time EA has cancelled a promising upcoming release – late last year, it axed the MOBA Dawngate, which had reached open beta testing. Still, we were definitely intrigued by the idea behind Shadow Realms, even though EA were keeping quiet on what exactly was in store. Here’s hoping some of the game elements show up somewhere down the track in another BioWare release!

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