BioWare has officially cancelled Shadow Realms, the company's first new IP in six years, in order to concentrate on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Bioware's Austin studio had been working on Shadow Realms, a four-versus-one online action role-playing game, for some time prior to the game's announcement six months ago. A closed alpha offered players a chance to try the title out ahead of launch, but that teaser is now all they'll be getting with BioWare confirming that the project has been cancelled outright.
'We’ve made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms,
' BioWare Austin general manager Jeff Hickman wrote in an official announcement
on the project website. '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.
Those projects, Hickman explained, include 'ongoing enhancements
' for the company's Dragon Age: Inquisition, the next game in the Mass Effect franchise, and licensed MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, described by Hickman as 'the biggest focus for our team.
' While Hickman also promised 'other new IP
' was on the table for the company, details of exactly what form this will take were not up for discussion.
'For all the people that registered for the Shadow Realms Closed Alpha, we’re working on a way to say thank-you for signing up,
' Hickman added. 'To all those players that gave us feedback at Gamescom and PAX, and those that shared their thoughts and impressions in the past months, we thank you for being part of the conversation.