The promise has been made.
Electronic Arts has announced that Bioware’s team vs. loner game Shadow Realms has been sent to the Shadow Realm. In a post on the Shadow Realms blog, Bioware Austin’s Jeff Hickman had this to say:
We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms. We fully recognize 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.
These include additional ongoing enhancements to the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as the next game in the Mass Effect series and other new IP.
As you can read, Bioware isn’t in any kind of trouble, and we have plenty to look forward to from the team. It just seems like EA wasn’t too hot on what the product was shaping up to be and decided to shift focus onto something else. From what I had heard, Shadow Realms wasn’t a crowd pleaser at conventions it was shown at, and the closed alpha came and went without much fanfare. As long as Bioware’s still in good shape, I’ll continue to look forward to the new Mass Effect as well as their new IP.