BioWare (Finally) Reveals What “You’ve Been Chosen” For: The Shadow Realms

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 Evolvea 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”.)

NIGHTMARE

What really happens when we sleep?

SPARK

Do you know they are watching?

IMPACT

Can you control your power?

FIRE

Are you ready?

Video Game Trailer: Tokyo Has Come To “The Secret World”

The biggest update for real world based MMO The Secret World has finally arrived, with a whole new area to explore in the Filth-infested city of Tokyo. Ghosts and demons are among the things you’ll need to fight off in order to delve deeper into this secret world. Check out the issue trailer below for a glimpse of what’s to come:

Continue the story from Venice before you head out to Tokyo to take on the brand new challenges which await you there. Travel through the devastated subway, the place where it all began, and enter the besieged city itself.

Issue #9 brings an all new chapter to The Secret World’s main story. A terrible weapon was set off in Tokyo, and it set in motion the dark events which spread across the world.

Now you have the chance to dive deeply into this mystery and uncover clues which can lead to a greater understanding.

Tokyo was the place where it all began, and the place you must go to understand The Secret World. [x]

Issue #9 is available now in the game’s Item Store, along with a Collector’s Edition which includes an exclusive outfit, title, and more.

Telltale Games Confirms Upcoming “Game of Thrones” Video Game In Teaser Trailer

It’s true, folks. It’s really, really true.

Rumors have been swirling about video game publisher Telltale Games – the glorious people responsible for The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us – working on a new project based on hit book series and HBO show Game of Thrones. With this announcement trailer, Telltale Games has made those rumors super duper official.

Naturally, the trailer doesn’t show us much of anything, and the given release date of “2014” is as vague as possible, but hey! We’re getting a Game of Thrones game. And based on how amazing The Walking Dead was, and how much I loved episode one of The Wolf Among Us, I foresee much enjoyment to come from Telltale’s new project.

Now, all I need is an actual release date for “Smoke and Mirrors” and I’ll be the happiest camper in the world.

Charlie Brooker’s “How Video Games Changed The World” Premieres Tomorrow, Nov. 30th

How exactly have video games changed the world?

That’s a question Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror, A Touch of Cloth) and others attempt to answer in his latest documentary. An avid gamer himself, Brooker’s program will analyze the impact that video games have had on culture and society – even if some might dismiss them as little more than idle pastimes.

A preview clip from the documentary discusses the impact of open-world creative game Minecraft: “The beautiful thing with Minecraft is you see people playing together to create something, to build some massive project… that’s a lovely thing, because most of the time in games people come together, they destroy stuff, and each other.”

“How Video Games Changed The World” will air on Channel 4 on Saturday, November 30th, at 9PM.