Shadow Realms Discontinued at BioWare Austin

It’s hard to wake up to game closure news. Many games do not make it out of beta, even more still don’t get past initial concept. As such it’s strange to see games that you’ve had time with, games you’ve actually had your hands on, going into the sunset.

Our latest writer Hannah Richardson covered some of those games that never made it out of beta. This morning they’ve another one joining them, Shadow Realms from Bioware Austin.

We played it only a few short months ago at Gamescom. I myself had an incredibly fun time with what they had on offer there and then. Below is the text of Jeff Hickmans letter to the community regarding the closure.

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I guess there’s a place for shadows in the sunset.

February 9, 2015

Today I’m sharing some important news about Shadow Realms and our BioWare Austin studio.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Jeff Hickman

General Manager, BioWare Austin

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About Jonathan Doyle

Once long ago Westwood made a space game. Earth And Beyond was the start of the journey. From there, through Paragon City and to the fields of Altdorf, there were battles. Westwood brought me to MMOs. City of Heroes refined my love for them. Warhammer brought me to writing about them. He loves all things space, sci fi, Warhammer or heroic.