Wolfpack Studios and Ubi Soft have announced that Shadowbane, their upcoming online role-playing game, will not be released in the first half of 2002, as was previously intended. The companies have instead decided to extend the beta test for a few more months rather than release the game before it's ready. Over the next few months the developer plans to increase the number of players in the game's beta test to arrive at a large group of many thousands of players this summer.
Shadowbane is set in a medieval fantasy world known as Aerynth, and it combines role-playing and strategy game elements by focusing on combat between groups of players in addition to combat between players and computer-controlled opponents. The game also features a dynamic world in which players can help the game evolve by building castles, gathering armies, and taking part in large-scale wars.
Shadowbane has been in development for more than two years at Texas-based Wolfpack Studios. No specific new release date has been announced. For more information, take a look at our previous coverage of the game.