Watch BioWare's Second Creepy Teaser Video for Its New Project

You've been chosen.

Update: BioWare has released a second teaser video through its You've Been Chosen website. The new "Spark" video shows a young man whose phone is called repeatedly by an unknown number, which he ignores in order to continue drawing a ring-like shape on a napkin. A ring of fire from the first teaser is briefly shown on-screen (this time with blue flames) before his phone explodes and a hooded figure is shown to be watching him from outside.

Original Story: BioWare has release a new "Nightmare" teaser trailer for what would appear to be its next project. You can watch the 40-second video above, which shows a man awaken in his bed from a nightmare consisting of broken lamps, a ring of fire, a suit-wearing man with smoke in place of a head, and other creepy things that make me glad I'm not watching it at night.

The video was sent out to select fans by email along with the text "You've Been Chosen" and a link to the website youve-been-chosen.com. The website is home to very little currently, but it does offer the following bit of text in relation to the new video: "The time is near. They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You've Been Chosen. Watch the new 'Nightmare' teaser from BioWare."

Cologne is the location of Gamescom, the annual games convention scheduled to run this year from August 13-17.

Eurogamer notes that there looks to be an ARG tied to the tease that's currently underway involving a fictitious search for someone named Henna. Flyers seeking her out are reportedly being handed out at San Diego Comic-Con. All Games Beta reports an image in the email contains "Shadow Realms" in its filename; that's a name BioWare's owner, Electronic Arts, trademarked earlier this year.

BioWare is known to be working on a new IP in addition to a new Mass Effect game. The new Mass Effect is in the works at BioWare Montreal, while BioWare Edmonton, the team behind the original Mass Effect trilogy--as well as the first Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic--are focused on the new IP. It was said to already be playable as of last December, and last month executive producer Casey Hudson said the new IP would tell "contemporary stories."

It was reported by USGamer earlier this year that BioWare planned to collaborate with FailBetter Games, developer of Fallen London, on a new project. It's possible that's what this new game is, but unless more information is revealed ahead of Gamescom--which is possible between SDCC and the ARG--we'll have to wait at least a few more weeks to have a better grasp of what the game is.

What are you hoping this tease turns out to be? Let us know in the comments.

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225 comments
D0BR0
D0BR0

hahahaha, best part is the guy in the chair.  what's up with all the hoods.  reminds me of dishonored for some reason

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

It's The Secret World.


V 2.0

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

See the guy on the GIF? Too much weed!

corrus
corrus

Who cares for bioware they are dead

Creed02
Creed02

wow first release on dec 31 2097

Creed02
Creed02

I have been chosen ? and I don't know.. my galaxy is still safe..

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

The thing that scares me is that EA Logo another awful game full of Microtranscation,Broken and forced DLC.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

CG teasers  = lame, Live action teasers  = EVEN MORE LAME D:

skipper847
skipper847

Are these just over hyped promo trailers or is this going to be FMV based?. Looks like FMV is getting back in. Is this now cheaper then graphics as it once was back in the 90,s?. Which I loved. My very 1st pc game was the Xfiles and even bought that be for I got the PC lol.

qtmew
qtmew

I ain't buying if it doesn't have a transgender-pansexual-vegan-protagonist!

aeluron1989
aeluron1989

There is no need to be concerned. There's no gameplay to show so why bother criticizing Bioware and EA about wanting gameplay. they'll give it to you, just not yet. If anything, they most likely have the concepts and or storyline written up already and done some work but not enough to show us.

Or the other likelyhood is they have things to show us but they are keeping it under wraps. No this isn't a tin foil hat theory. It wouldn't surprise me if they wanted to keep things quiet for some new ME or something different. If they do something different, cool more props to them. Still I don't mind RPGish stuff like ME and KOTR. I still want a KOTR3 though.

I got my Starwards Nerdisms. Hehe


Also remember keep the feedback coming to them. They need it. Provided it's constructive.

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

Do I get to pick my gender? What is the sexual identity ratio among the NPCs? How many colors do I get to pick from at the end of the game? When will Bioware answer the really important questions?

brockelley
brockelley

That guy in the suit is very Shadow-Broker-esque.. Is that just me or?


As much as I want another Jade Empire, Baldur's Gate, KOTOR, and Mass Effect.. Bioware moving in a new direction seems fine too.. they've never really made a bad game so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

hystavito
hystavito

The new video seems a lot less horror-like and gives me more a feel of a story about ordinary people who discover (perhaps with the help of the hooded character) that they have superpowers.  You have the usual thing where the person has feelings and visions and ideas but doesn't know why, like drawing that stuff on the napkin.

jlefebre6001
jlefebre6001

pretty sure this is a mass effect teaser. this one is control. the smoke head one was destroy. next week will be synthesis. Indoctrination Theory Confirmed!

Klyern
Klyern

@Tripwolf  yup

Someone in bioware has seen too many secret world trailers :rolleyes:

lordshifu
lordshifu

@Creed02 c'mon they have to deliver the best game.... they took four years to make dai... n you can guess what a new ip of complete different genre would take to deliver.... actually it sounds pretty legit to me dunno why :P

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Cellpwn Answers: No. 31 male:12 female. 6.74. When they divorce themselves from EA.

Auriken
Auriken

@Cellpwn Awesome, you went through every stupid complaint people are still whining about in one comment.

teg
teg

@brockelley Dragon Age 2 says otherwise. The combat was a large step down from DA: Origins, with the "awesome button" and enemies raining down from the sky every time. The excessive reuse felt ridicoulous - every house and cave was the same and had the same map and graphics. This made it a bad game. The story and framing was interesting, though.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@brockelley 

Why, because he's in a suit he must be a broker, and the smoke coming out of his neck is kinda "dark"? You don't know who or what the Shadow Broker is, do you? I'm not trying to be arrogant, but you're just making a weird correlation between these things.

Daian
Daian

@thefinalzapkeet u should be arrested for smoking whatever it is u smoked that made u think ME3 was amazing.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@lordshifu @Creed02 Star Citizen is also being released on Dec. 31 2097. Oh man, holiday season 2097 is really shaping up big. I pity anyone who won't get to experience that (which is most of us here :P).

brockelley
brockelley

@xsonicchaos @brockelley Well technically we don't know who the real shadow broker was. We meet the ancient alien race that has a dude who has taken over, but since that race hasn't discovered space-flight yet it's assumed they either took the ship or inherited it from the original dude.


Spoiler Alert, Liara becomes the shadow broker.. pretty sure that's in Mass Effect 2 when she said it wouldn't get to her head. Also the shadow broker probably got killed by the alien race when the race was deemed off limits, but he took one for studying anyway.


Now, when I think of the shadow broker I think of a guy mysterious guy in a suit, like the joker.. a kind of mad man with a pre-disposition to narcissistic behavior and a need for control.


Watching the trailer again ( the first one), I can see why you would think there's obviously no correlation between the video and mass effect, but if mysterious, intelligent, and sort of creepy don't equal shadow broker.. I don't know what does lol.


Either way, I'm excited. as I said before, I've never not liked a bioware game.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

So what youre saying is you cannot recognize great games

fartmoo
fartmoo

@Hurvl @lordshifu @Creed02 are you implying that I won't live to be 105?

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@brockelley 

In the literal sense, a race of smoke people who like to dress snazzy is a bit of a stretch. Figuratively, if Bioware wanted to be mysterious and crap about the next ME, they could have done a better job. Besides, there's a whole puzzle mystery they've got going on with the Henna character that appears on a missing person poster in the trailer, all sorts of sites and people on Reddit trying to solve some stupid cryptic message. All in all, I don't think they're trying to tease ME. On the other hand, this is exactly what I said about ME3 teaser, the one with the shooter in the Big Ben tower.

brockelley
brockelley

@xsonicchaos yeah, the ME3 trailer was a bit more obvious though, especially at the end.


I'll just say I'm excited to see what comes of this, and leave it at that.