Surprise, surprise, it’s a video game. Specifically, a PC-only online action RPG by the name of Shadow Realms.
BioWare’s been teasing us with their “You’ve Been Chosen” viral clips for a few weeks now before finally announcing the title at a fan event at Gamescom yesterday.
The bare bones description for Shadow Realms feels like two parts The Secret World mixed with half a part Evolve: a modern day fantasy setting pitting four “chosen one” hero-type players, imbued with various powers and wielding modern day technology/weapons, against a single powerful player called the Shadowlord. Gameplay is split between regular ol’ present day Earth and an ancient, supernatural land called Embra, where “magic, legends and monsters that inspired our myths are real” (stop me if you’ve heard this one before, TSW players).
Hero players choose from the usual class types – Warrior, Assassin, Wizard, Cleric, Ranger, and Warlock, though you can customize your character’s abilities to fit your play style regardless of which class you choose, just like in The Secret World (no I will not drop this) – while the Shadowlord player manipulates various resources, traps, and monsters to thwart the heroes’ progress. Shadow Realms will be episodic and story driven.
The game’s only just been announced and barely any details have been released, so I’m withholding judgement for now, but so far it looks like something I could get into, especially the modern day setting/weaponry. If anything, the concept art and screenshots look gorgeous. Shadow Realms is set for release in 2015, but you can sign up for the Alpha here.
You can also check out the previously released “You’ve Been Chosen” teaser trailers below. Tell me in the comments which one is your favorite! (Mine’s “Spark”.)
What really happens when we sleep?
Do you know they are watching?
Can you control your power?
Are you ready?