All I have to say is it is about time that we here what the next big thing is going to be from Bioware, but I have to say that I'm both interested and really concerned about this upcoming game. The name of the game is Shadow Realms, it is an online game where it will be 4 v 1. You will either be in the party of 4 trying to make it through a realm, or you will be the bastard that stops all of those foolish enough to play against you.
To me this sounds like a solid pencil and paper, party vs. GM, type of scenario. My concern is about what that 'GM' piece will be able to do, in a real time game what are the constraints that will be placed upon you. How much do you truly control in the game? There are just too many questions right now, and I'm hoping that Bioware can answer everything with true awesomeness.
Here's the official release:
From the storytelling experts at BioWare comes Shadow Realms™, a new 4v1 story-driven Online Action RPG with dynamic co-op missions in a constantly evolving BioWare world. Join an ongoing adventure with new episodes released frequently. Experience the thrill of making your own choices as to the path you take through the story, uncovering new mysteries and revealing hidden twists unexpectedly as you progress. Fight as a modern-day Hero who suddenly awakens with magical powers and is pulled into a dark realm and centuries old battle. Team up with three other Heroes in adventures facing off against a fantastic array of demonic bosses and supernatural creatures in a raging war against the Shadow Legions to save all of humanity. Summon all your powers as you prepare to battle a player-controlled Shadowlord, who possesses the ultimate weapon – the human mind.
The power is yours. You’ve been chosen.
EXPERIENCE EPISODIC STORYTELLING
Enjoy the excitement of a constantly evolving story as new cliff-hanger episodes are released regularly with intriguing characters and impactful choices, letting you and your friends speculate on what comes next, much like your favorite TV series.
DISCOVER A NEW MODERN FANTASY WORLD
From the dark alleys of Paris to the gothic towers of Embra, adventure through an immersive new BioWare world where machine gun wizards and bomb squad clerics rule the day.
FIGHT DYNAMIC CO-OP 4v1 MISSIONS
Team up with three other Heroes in story-driven adventures packed with fast-paced tactical combat against a player-driven Shadowlord who controls creatures, sets traps and changes the environment itself, making the adventure and the battle different every time.
DEEP COMBAT CUSTOMIZATION
Deep character and combat customization options offer you the ability to build and progress as a powerful Hero and Shadowlord uniquely suited to your play-style and one that sets you apart from the crowd. Earn and choose from a broad set of abilities that you can mix regardless of class offering a very deep and diverse set of options.
You’ve got choices and the freedom to play your way. The power is yours.