BioWare Austin’s recently announced four-on-one online action RPG Shadow Realms could make the jump to consoles in the future, according to general manager Jeff Hickman.
“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,” Hickman told GameSpot. “It’s a Frostbite game, so it’s straightforward, and we can do it if we want to.”
“We definitely are PC first,” he added. “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.”
The game was officially announced earlier this week during EA’s Gamescom press conference, and features four player-controlled heroes working together to defeat a single player-controlled Shadow Lord. With the villain able to place traps, possess monsters, and more. BioWare also promises that the game will be very story-driven with new cliff-hanger episodes being released regularly to push the story along.
Shadow Realms is set to launch on PC in late 2015, but players can sign up now for an upcoming closed alpha that is scheduled to begin next month.