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Gobblemoss



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: World of Shadowbane Reply with quote

I do occasional searches online for the terms "Shadowbane 2." There is always nothing....until now.

From a French language site comes news dated April 13, 2012.

NOTE - forgive the Google Translation - maybe a French speaker can correct this.

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After closing its doors in July 2009, Shadowbane could experience a second youth. The Chinese Changyou has acquired the rights of MMO PvP for a new version called World of Shadowbane. Launched in 2003 before the servers are permanently closed by publisher Ubisoft in July 2009, Shadowbane (that should be in the studio Wolfpack) remained in the memories of MMO players for its gameplay based largely on mechanisms clashes between players ( PvP ) and its sieges. We thought the game permanently closed, but today, the Chinese Changyou (who revealed the Chinese press to future massively multiplayer titles in its catalog) says it has acquired the rights and source code of the ancient Shadowbane. Target acquisition: initiate the development of a new version of MMOG, discount up to date, and renamed World of Shadowbane. It's unclear when the project gets going, or even whether it will be distributed in the West (however easily be imagined that Changyou sees the opportunity to strengthen its positions at least in the U.S.), mas Shadowbane seems anyway to then enjoy a second youth.

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http://www.jeuxonline.info/actualite/35170/changyou-ressuscite-shadowbane

From what I can tell, Changyou is a player in the Chinese online gaming market, a market that is the fastest growing in the world. Does this mean they will make World of Shadowbane for the Chinese market only or for all markets? Or for none? But one wonders why they would acquire these rights if they didn't plan on using them.

We shall see what this all means I guess. But it seems the old girl still has a heartbeat.

Start brushing up on the Irekei! Smile



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N'koth!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Nkoth Reply with quote

Addendum from a posting on MMOCulture:

- World of Shadowbane has already been in development for 1 year

- the Changyou VP at the announcement was part of the original Shadowbane team for China and he expressed "regret" over how the original had turned out

- Changyou has the license for both Unreal Engine 3 and CryEngine 3 (not clear if either of these are what is being used for World of Shadowbane). But someone correct me - are these not stable and strong game engines?

http://www.mmoculture.com/2012/04/changyou-preparing-shadowbane-reboot.html

Reading these tea leaves:

- IF this has been in development already for one year AND
- the company VP was part of the original Shadowbane China team AND
- they plan to use one of the two solid engines they already have

THEN

this may be coming out sooner than we think?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Nkoth Reply with quote

The French Website now has screenshots. Again, forgive the Google Translation:

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In 2003, the studio launched Wolfpack Shadowbane , the MMO PvP wars involving the use of seat and struggles of guilds. Without an audience sufficiently, the game was closing in July 2009, Maisl e last week, the Chinese studio Changyou announced the acquisition of rights and source code of the first Shadowbane to initiate the development of World of Shadowbane , a overhaul of the first game given to modern tastes.
For the occasion, the Chinese studio unveiled a first look at this graphic overhaul (which displays a real paw graphic, but that contrasts clearly with very dark tones of the first game) and press Chinese in echoes through some pictures. Enough to form a (first) early review of World of Shadowbane.

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http://www.jeuxonline.info/actualite/35194/premier-apercu-graphismes-world-of-shadowbane

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Since these are obviously shots from someone's camera at the game screen at the presentation event, they are not the greatest to look at. definitely looks Alpha stage. I doubt the company will want this to be the first impression of their graphics for long. Smile

Based on what is there, some thoughts:

- the colors are brighter

- they have ships in the background....hmmm

- 2012 graphics should beat 2003 graphics so not a high bar to jump

- the last shot is the only close up of armor

I hope they get a website up and running soon so we can know something more definitive.

NOTE: The Google Translation calls the displayed graphics "Paw" graphics which doesn't make sense. Here is the original of the sentence from the article on the graphics. Can a French speaker tell us what this really means?

"Qui affiche un vraie patte graphique, mais qui tranche manifestement avec les tonalités très sombres du premier opus."


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa good news.
Although theire's so much competition in the MMO market now, now sure how it would work better.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:13 pm    Post subject: Ug Reply with quote

Unfortunately, there has been no news since. The Changyou website doesn't list it as being under development or anything.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's always this http://shadowbaneemulator.com/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: Ug Reply with quote

Emulator apparently up and running...

http://www.gamesource.it/news/30821-domani-seconda-preview-week-shadowbane-emulator


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadowbane emulator begins open beta next week, 19th of September.

Shadowbane emulator.

A long time in the making...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does this company know how to accurately translate Monica and Kirby into Mandarin? This would be key to any successful re-launch of Shadowbane Razz

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