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Shadow Realms interview: BioWare sending out alpha invites next month

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Shadow Realms will be playable sooner than anyone expected. BioWare only announced the 4v1 action RPG at Gamescom on Wednesday, but speaking after the EA press conference BioWare Austin General Manager Jeff Hickman revealed that alpha invites will be arriving in players’ inboxes next month. "I've never put a game into a player's hands as early as we're putting this game into players' hands," he told PC Gamer.

Knock knock! The Old Republic's Galactic Strongholds expansion opens to subscribers next week

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After being teased for months, player housing is finally coming to Star Wars MMO The Old Republic next week. The recent Gamescom trailer showed off abodes across four planets, including the spellcheck-incurring Dromund Kaas, Tatooine, and Coruscant.


Shadow Realms announced, is Bioware's 4 vs 1 online RPG

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In 'weirdest thing to happen EA's Gamescom press conference' news, Peter Moore was revealed to know what twerking was. The second weirdest thing was undoubtedly the reveal of Bioware Austin's Shadow Realms. It's a 4v1 asymmetrical online RPG, with a modern setting and an episodic release plan. And, as a Bioware RPG, it'll have a heavy focus on story.


Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals the enemies of Thedas

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EA's Gamescom stream was... er, well let's just say it was having "netcode" issues. As such, many—myself included—missed the majority of Bioware's on-stage Dragon Age: Inquisition demo. Not to worry, instead we get something a little more dramatic: a look at some of the monsters you'll be facing throughout the game. No, endless buffering is not one of them.


Back to Baldur's Gate: revisiting BioWare's legendary RPG

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Baldur’s Gate was one of my formative PC gaming experiences. I have vivid memories of sitting in the glow of my old CRT monitor on a Friday evening after school, dungeon crawling until the sun rose. I’ve never been one for misty-eyed nostalgia, but last week I felt compelled to reinstall it. It was almost midnight, and I had work the next day, but I didn’t think I’d be playing for long. Just enough to sate my nostalgia. Three hours later and I was still up. Its claws are in me again—almost 16 years after I first installed it on my old beige Pentium II—and, surprisingly, it still holds up.


Mass Effect director Casey Hudson leaves BioWare

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Casey Hudson's long career at BioWare took him from a technical artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2 to the head of the Mass Effect franchise. Now, after 16 years, he's decided to call it quits, saying that it's time for "a much-needed break."


BioWare's "You've Been Chosen" campaign asks a new question in a new teaser

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Can you control your power? Sadly for the poor woman in BioWare's new "You've Been Chosen" teaser, the answer is a resounding "no," and now she's left trying to convince people that it's not her fault. This video is no more informative than its predecessors, but it does come with some pretty good news for gamers who aren't going to Gamescom.


BioWare's Mass Effect Comic Con panel is now on YouTube

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A full-length recording of BioWare's Mass Effect panel at Comic-Con has been turned loose on YouTube. "Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect" doesn't reveal anything we didn't already know, but die-hard fans with 30 minutes to spare will probably want to check it out anyway.


BioWare adds new "Spark" teaser to "You've Been Chosen" website

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A new teaser entitled "Spark" has appeared on BioWare's "You've Been Chosen" website. It's slightly longer than the "Nightmare" video that turned up last week, but unfortunately it's not any more informative.


Dragon Age Keep delayed as well, closed beta extended as a result

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If you'd missed the news that BioWare had delayed Dragon Age: Inquisition—like I had, frownyface—you may be disappointed by the middle of this sentence. Further disappointment lies in the news that Dragon Age Keep—that's the "companion web experience" that will allow you to feed in your choices from the previous games—has been delayed as well. There's no specific new release date given, but in the FAQ BioWare state that "The Keep will be live and open to everyone about a month before the launch of Dragon Age: Inquisition. So likely some time in October".


Dragon Age: Inquisition's newest trailer puts tactical combat up front

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In the first of a series of Dragon Age: Inquisition "Gameplay Features" videos, Electronic Arts shows off how the game's combat works in both real-time and "strategic tactical" modes.


Mass Effect Comic-Con panel reveals N7 connection, return of the Mako for next game

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UPDATE: Footage of the panel has appeared online, along with a few more details, including confirmation that you'll be playing as a human character. You'll find it below.

It's natural to expect the big game-related news to emerge out of E3 or Gamescom, but BioWare just revealed a load of new details about the next Mass Effect in a panel at Comic-Con, which they reiterate is totally not called Mass Effect 4. The mighty Nerd Appropriate were on hand to take sneaky images, and thanks to their sterling work we now know that the first game's infuriating/awesome spacecar the Mako will be making a return - they even showed footage of the thing in action, although sadly video hasn't leaked of that yet. More details after the break, which may or may not include the letters 'N7'.


Bioware trailer teases mysterious project, rumoured to be called Shadow Realms

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Hey, you! You have been chosen to receive information about whatever it is Bioware are up to. So has everybody else, for that matter, but don't let that make you feel any less special.

Also, "information" might be a bit strong. We've got a creepy live-action teaser, the phrase "you've been chosen", and the promise of more to come at Gamescom, this August. "The time is near," states the description. "They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You’ve Been Chosen." Internet sleuths have gone a step further, though, revealing references to the name Shadow Realm.


Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed until November

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EA today announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new release date: November 18 in North America, and November 21 in Europe. The game was originally slated for an October 7 release, but developer BioWare says in today's update the six-week delay will make for a better game.


Listen to Bioware's GaymerX panels on romance and inclusiveness

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The second GaymerX—the LGBTQ-oriented gaming convention—took place last weekend. In addition to workshops, parties and more Pokemon-themed competitions than you would think possible, the event also featured a number of guest speakers. Among them, Bioware's David Gaider, Jessica Merizan, Robyn Théberge, Karin Weekes and Patrick Weekes—who participated in two panels: "Building a Better Romance" and "Freaking out the Neighbours". Bioware have now uploaded the audio from both talks to YouTube.


BioWare wants your feedback for the next Mass Effect

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With the wheels turning in earnest on the next Mass Effect, producer Mike Gamble wants to know what fans are really looking for from the game. To that end, he tweeted a link to a brief survey last night that asks about the RPGs you play, how much time you sink into them and what it is about them that you find so darn interesting.


Dragon Age: Inquisition second E3 video offers a further fourteen minutes of footage

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The first part of Bioware's E3 demo for Dragon Age: Inquision was released (in video form) two days ago. It featured a dragon fight and, as such, was exciting. The second part of that demo features a castle. Naturally, it's a little bit less exciting. That's not to say castles aren't still somewhat exciting, but dragons are huge and monstrous and fun to hunt. Luckily for anyone wanting to see fourteen more minutes of the game, inside the castle are bad guys, battles and dialogue choices.


Dragon Age: Inquisition E3 video emerges with 16 minutes of gameplay

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October is several months away, so if you're eager to play Dragon Age: Inquisition then the anticipation may be starting to bother you. Well, here's a bone for you: 16 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay footage has been released. Originally aired behind-closed-doors at E3 last month, it shows exploration, tactical and not-so-tactical combat, and the freezing of bears to death.


Dragon Age: Inquisition will let you hug your companions, customise horns

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No matter how tough or Greyspawn-ridden the world gets, most problems can be solved with a good hug. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that 90% of the original Dragon Age's grim fantasy story could have been avoided if the Grey Wardens had just given their age-old foes a lovely embrace, followed by a cosy chat to iron out their differences. That unfortunately wasn't possible in the first of Bioware's series, but you will be able to do some manner of hugging in Inquisition. Not with the Greyspawn - not even with those fluffy, cuddly werewolves - but with some of your companions. That and other titbits have emerged from a recent Q and A on the vowel-phobic Raptr, in which fans asked Bioware questions, and they answered. The juiciest morsels are below.


Dragon Age: Inquisition to include Bioware's first "fully gay" male party member

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Bioware have spent a lot of time showing off the locales of Dragon Age: Inquisition—likely hoping to reassure us it has more areas than just That Cave from Dragon Age 2. But locations are just one aspect of a Bioware RPG. The other aspect is who you'll be romancing. In a recent profile by Bioware's David Gaider, the studio introduced Dorian, their first "fully gay" male party member and the first gay character the lead writer has written.