First dubbed as “You’ve Been Chosen,” EA/Bioware have revealed the actual name of their new game and details to boot.
Shadow Realms — a 4v1 story driven online action/adventure RPG from Bioware is in the works.
“Modern Heroes on Earth are being awakened and recruited, because of magical powers they never knew they had, to fight in a new and dangerous war against the Shadow Legions of Embra.”
The EA Gamescom conference showed a great emphasis on cooperative gameplay. The four customizable characters that adventure through the modern/fantasy worlds. The story will not be straightforward from the get-go. Instead the narrative will be released in episodes and will be creating a story for players to more easily follow together.
But the four main heroes are not the only playable characters. One person will be free to play as “Shadowlord,” another customizable character, and be the primary foe to intercept the heroes on their journey.
“Shadow Realms is a new BioWare RPG that has the hallmarks of all BioWare games with a rich story, a unique world setting and deep combat progression, but built as an interactive experience that evolves the genre and broadens the appeal to online gamers all over the world.” – Jeff Hickman, General Manager and Vice President at BioWare Austin.
Shadow Realms doesn’t yet have any release date and has not revealed which consoles/platforms it will be coming to.
EA’s Gamescom conference started off on a high-note with Dragon Age Inquisition. The new Dragon Age focuses on utilizing a variety of ways to play and greatly expands the options and customizability of your character and followers.
You’re given the ability to lead up to nine character on journey — the most ever for a Dragon Age game and with nine customizable classes and an impressive 200 different abilities within the skills tree.
Bioware is focusing on letting players “fight the way you want to fight.”
Along with customizable fortress “Skyhold” your options within the world are even more advanced. You’ll be able to expand your influence, begin new missions, and strengthen the Inquisition from your fortress.
With nine followers and the unique characterisitics and traits take control of followers in battle by pausing the game and shifting the camera to an over-head view for a strategy game-style approach to combat.
Dragon Age Inquisition’s combination of strategy elements, within the lush RPG core gives the game high potential moving forward.
Dragon Age Inquisition will be launching on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC on November 20th this year.
Mass Effect, one of the highest rated franchises of the last generation is at again for the new consoles. Details and photos have been revealed during Bioware’s San Diego Comic Con panel and many changes as well as returning features were noted.
Expected to be set in an entirely new galaxy, the newest Mass Effect will not actually be called Mass Effect 4. Instead it will simply be called Mass Effect. Perhaps the biggest headlines for the next installment in the franchise are the incorporation of a drivable vehicle (Mako) and a co-operative multiplayer mode.
The photos available right now are not very clear, but the game is expected to take a massive jump in the visuals department as well. Now running on the Frostbite 3 engine, Mass Effect will give players an entirely new story to follow and with the new generation of consoles available, they’ll be sure to take advantage of the added resources.
With the inclusion of the Mako the developers will put a greater focus on exploring planets and discovering the unknown. While the galaxy itself will be different from the past, many of the same elements will remain.
One of the statements made by the panel that peaked the interest of the media was the uncertainty of the player race. Could we see an alien character playing the lead role of the game? The panel also mentioned giving players as many choices as possible again. It would not be all too surprising to see them go a step further and let you customize which species your character is.
Be ready for more choices and more exploration of the unknown in the next-gen Mass Effect.
No information has been revealed regarding a release date or which platforms/consoles the game will be available on.