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BioWare cancels its four-on-one online RPG Shadow Realms

So it can focus on The Old Republic instead.

Shadow Realms, the asymmetrical competitive online RPG from BioWare, has been cancelled.

Shadow Realms was originally slated for a 2015 release on PC.

This may come as something of a shock as Bertie played an early build of it as recently as August and had a pretty good time. Then again, maybe it's not that surprising as reports surfaced last month that the game was going to be retooled into a much bigger game that wouldn't be due until 2017.

Sadly, that's not to be the case.

"We've made the decision to not move forward with development of Shadow Realms," said BioWare Austin general manager Jeff Hickman on the developer's blog.

And why would it do that, you ask? It turns out the studio would rather focus its efforts on other titles - namely Star Wars: The Old Republic.

"While the team did amazing work on the game concept and we got lots of great feedback from our fans at events and through other game testing, right now there are other projects for the team to work on within the BioWare studios for the coming year and beyond," Hickman said. "These include additional ongoing enhancements to the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as the next game in the Mass Effect series and other new IP."

"But the biggest focus for our team in BioWare Austin will be on Star Wars: The Old Republic," he clarified. "As every Star Wars fan knows, this is a massive year in the Star Wars universe. We have some great plans for expanding this epic game this year, and look forward to sharing the news about those plans with our players in the coming weeks."

Sounds like The Old Republic is, unsurprisingly, getting some Episode 7 content. Does that sound as appealing to you as Shadow Realms?

Cover image for YouTube video4 Minutes of Shadow Realms Gameplay - Gamescom 2014
So long Shadow Realms. We hardly knew ye.