Shadow Realms, BioWare Austin‘s episodic online CO-OP RPG that was announced last august at Gamescom has just been cancelled, as announced by the studio’s general manager Jeff Hickman in a post on the game’s website.
“We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms. 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 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.”
The studio will shift focus to other on-going projects, such as Dragon Age : Inquisition, the next installment in the Mass Effect series, and most prominently, Star Wars : The Old Republic.
“But the biggest focus for our team in BioWare Austin will be on 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.”
From what little was revealed about it, Shadow Realms was to become an atypical online cooperative experience, however, as things stand now, these particular realms will stay in shadow indefinitely.