has just announced a brand-new IP for the studio: Shadow Realms
, a "4v1 story-driven online action RPG" that was inspired by the team's love of tabletop Dungeons & Dragons.
isn't a full-fledged MMO, but will put players in the shoes of contemporary Earth heroes who will jump between our world of technology and another of magic. The twist for the game is that a team of four heroes will be opposed by one player who will assume the role of a dungeon master-like Shadowlord.
"With Shadow Realms
, we decided that the Shadowlord should interact with and see the gameplay world in a similar way to the hero players –- albeit with better tactical knowledge," BioWare wrote
. "Their objective is to stop the group of heroes by haunting them, setting traps, casting spells, summoning monsters, and controlling any monster in the level."
The game will grow with episodic storytelling, offer "deep combat customization," and feature six classes. Shadow Realms
is set to go into closed beta this fall.