BioWare's New PC RPG Shadow Realms Could Come to Console

BioWare's Jeff Hickman says Shadow Realms could come to console if "fans want it," claiming game's use of Frostbite engine makes a port "straightforward."

BioWare Austin's recently unveiled 4v1 PC RPG Shadow Realms could see a console release, according to the studio's general manager Jeff Hickman.

Speaking to GameSpot at Gamescom, Hickman was surprised by some early reports indicating the game was a PC exclusive, saying, "I saw some reports coming out yesterday saying [Shadow Realms] was exclusive to PC, which nobody ever said...there is nothing that says that if the fans want it, and everything goes well on PC, that we don't push it to console. It's a Frostbite game, so it's straightforward, and we can do it if we want to."

Hickman also described how the game's action focus would translate well to console, despite the game's primary development taking place on PC.

"We definitely are PC first," said Hickman. "PC is the tip of the spear for us. We find that this type of game really lends itself to PC. But when you see it, what I think you'll find is...imagine that there could be a controller hooked up to it. You will go, 'Oh, yeah!' because that's how it plays. This an action-RPG, not an MMO, not a pushing-buttons-on-your-keyboard slowly type of thing. This is sword swinging, dodging, blocking, dynamic action."

Revealed during EA's Gamescom press conference--and after weeks of teasing--Shadow Realms is an online-only RPG featuring cooperative 4v1 gameplay in a modern fantasy setting. Shadow Realms is due to launch on PC in late 2015, but interested players can sign up for access to a closed alpha over on the game's website.

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Fursnake
Fursnake

Most likely it's going to HAVE to come out on the consoles because I just don't see it selling all that well on the PC only.

Neoboy156
Neoboy156

Where is Knights of the old Republic or Jade Empire at, come on Bioware/EA not another MMO or Online game.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I want it for consoles, they need to listen for once.

benelori
benelori

I'm interested how they will integrate the tabletop specifics...it seems everybody is quick to hate, but it's an interesting idea at the very least

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

Yep water it down for consoles and cosole's player so the game can become a swallow, dull and boring experience but full of flashy moves with characters powered by rhe X button.

es496
es496

If BioWare keep doing single-player only games in addition to this then I'm happy.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

NOOOOOOO...thank you. don't even release it on PC if you can.How about just don't even release the game and save yourselves from more hatred, embarrassment and lack of faith in the company

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Port it wherever you want, I'm not interested either way.

DarkReign2022
DarkReign2022

Excuse me sirs, but I think you accidentally got multiplayer in my RPG. I'd like a fresh one.


Seriously, lost me at 4v1 Online-only RPG. This is everything I DON'T want in a game period, but especially a Bioware RPG. The only kind of "multiplayer" I want to see in my RPGs is co-op support and even that is something that would have to depend on the type of RPG it is. Mass Effect would've been great for Co-op. KOTOR & Jade Empire... maybe. Dragon Age, definitely not.

naomha1
naomha1

I'm so ill on required multiplayer games any longer. This crap is getting out of hand. Bioware has officially and utterly sold the fuck out. Once EA got their greedy little paws on them we all knew what was going to happen. That EA money runs deep and I'm sure business contracts mitigate and demand they sway EA's way the longer they're under their thumb. For fuck's sake Bioware, buy yourself out and go private again. Please, please, please. 

strrckshn
strrckshn

Reminds me of Prototype and Infamous. For some reason.

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Hopefully this game will let people solo without needing to do multiplayer.

jako998
jako998

This should of been annocued to come to console along with PC from the beginning....I was happy to hear this game come out than I was mad as hell to figure out it was only on PC like what the hell ?

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

Its 2014 and they're releasing a game with WoW level graphics....

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I Like how they say Bioware is making this like their fanbase doesn't know what is actually going on.


Yes another reason no one likes you EA. You are just lucky there are tons of stupid gamers out there that continue to eat the s.h.i.t. your shoveling or you would be long gone awhile ago.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

This makes me want to scream in frustration. Bioware isn't even a fragment of what they used to be, just another EA publisher trying to compete with any new game. I'm fed up with it. I loved every mass effect game to death, even the controversial ending (although it could have been better). The fact that I am skeptical about the next mass effect is extremely disappointing.

Radnen
Radnen

Fudge. This is not a handcrafted BioWare experience. This is an EA game built at a "BioWare" studio.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Try to remember that this is the Bioware Austin team, they developed The Old Republic. Not the Bioware Canada team (Edmonton and Montreal), they developed the Bioware games that actually matter. XD

everbodypanic
everbodypanic

This isn't a BioWare game. 

BioWare Austin = Mythic Entertainment. 

Jeff Hickman worked for Mythic Entertainment before EA bought them and slapped the more valuable "BioWare" label on them. Unfortunately for EA, the Mythic devs are dragging the "BioWare" label through the mud.

Marky360
Marky360

Hmmm gotta admit as a console player I'm not really all that interested in this so you can keep this one PC master race.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

I mean I hate to be another one of "those" people... but why do they keep calling it Bioware when they mean EA?...


Besides, the doctors are gone anyway from what I heard, so the original brilliance is long gone.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@es496 You say "keep doing" like they're doing it now.

TOR - MMO

ME3 - forced multiplayer inclusion

DA: I - multiplayer added



XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

@crusaderprophet If they were worried about hatred and embarrassment, they wouldn't have sold out to EA in the first place.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@DarkReign2022 It's not like they are on 4v1 hypetrain generated by evolve. They are just going back to idea of pen and paper based  RPGs, where there were players (industry standart party size for rpg is 4) and a game master (1)

catsimboy
catsimboy

@deathstream  I'm afraid it has just begun. Evolve will probably do well and then every publisher is going to have their studios grinding out a dozen copycats.

crusaderprophet
crusaderprophet

@Radnen I really hope you are true man, I like BioWare but this game? yeah i don't know, but we might be too soon to judge...

thrombosis45
thrombosis45

@everbodypanic Yep, "Bioware" is just another marketing label now for EA to sell games with, the "real" Bioware...the company that made the great games, is long gone. 

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

@everbodypanic


I totally agree. You can tell the talent level behind the game is WAY below what Bioware usually puts out. Everything about Shadow Realms screams third rate Steam game....shoddy graphics and super corny voice over. 

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@ghost59 @g1rldraco7 I'm pretty sure he was joking, you can tell that by the second part of his sentence and comparing that with reality.

es496
es496

@Thanatos2k @es496 

I was thinking more of the last few games that came before EA's "put multiplayer in everything" phase. Maybe the 8th generation will be different. EA's problem is they start doing something (online passes etc) that isn't good for games then they stop for a while and then start doing something else that is worse than what they were being criticised for in the first place.

deathstream
deathstream

@catsimboy @deathstream


I know but between Fable, Evolve and Shadow Realms, I feel the genre is already oversaturated before a single game has hit the market.

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

@WingChopMasta @TruthSerum808


Its a PC only game and every PC gamer ever born seems to only brag about the graphical capabilites of their "Master Race" and how consoles are holdning them back. 

reborn007
reborn007

@hystavito @catsimboy @deathstream yea I don't think evolve will do well either. They took a small part(tank vs the survivors)  of left 4 dead that was a good mechanic and turned it into a game. There were a lot of other pieces that made left 4 dead fun. I can't imagine evolve being too fun if you are the monster.

B0NES96
B0NES96

@deathstream @catsimboy It's kind of like the multiple space sims that are coming out except I think people are looking forward to the space sims more. I know I am.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@BIGFELLAH26 @Thanatos2k @jako998 I'm sorry, I lose patience with the dumb.  See, I realized that most people who post on this site have some serious brain problems.  Someone who gets mad at a PC exclusive from a company that traditionally developed PC exclusives in the past is clearly not a knowledgeable gamer worthy of respect.

Vexov
Vexov

@TruthSerum808 @WingChopMasta Man, console gamers are really sore about PC gamers, aren't they?. A PC gamer can just say he is a PC gamers and get flagged as "PC Master Race" .


First, if graphics didn't matter we would be playing some pretty shitty looking games. Graphics are important, everyone should know this. Graphics shouldn't take a seat higher then gameplay, but it is important. 

BTW, consoles do hold back gaming after around 4 years. It has Dev's "squeezing" what they can from the systems. Sadly consoles stick around, i guess, for near a decade (instead of 6years). So thats over 5 years of dragging gaming in the mud.


Every console gamer ever born seems to only whine, bitch, hate. When your not at war with another, bitching about some small exclusive, then your ignorance tries to bash PC gaming.

Intocable
Intocable

@Vexov @TruthSerum808 @WingChopMasta I agree, for us gamers great graphics is synonym of high level technology, it has become a benchmark for comparison between systems and consoles. Of course we are going to care of how our games look.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Vexov @TruthSerum808 @WingChopMasta PC only games usually have worse graphics than crossplats. Yes, crossplats look better on PC, but PC only games (most of the times) have very bad graphics.

Go figure