Feeling more than a little antsy as you continue to wait for your PvP dreams to come true in Crowfall? You could chew off your fingernails… or you could dip back into one of the core MMORPGs that inspired ArtCraft’s upcoming project.
Yes, we’re talking about the late Shadowbane, which ran from 2003 to 2009. Since then, a team of fans have picked up the pieces of the code and refashioned it into the Shadowbane Emulator (SBEmu). Part of this project and the game itself is the idea of doing a complete refresh once in a while, which is why the volunteer team is performing a complete wipe of the servers on June 28th followed by a launch of Season 5 of a new PvP war.
Here’s the fan’s elevator pitch as to why you should (or shouldn’t) play this emulator: “This is an incredibly unforgiving MMORPG. It is open, unrestricted PvP with full inventory loot, inclusive of gold (there is a bank and vault system, though). You keep what’s equipped, but it does take damage (pay to repair). You can be killed almost anywhere with few exceptions and by anyone, your own guild included.”
Read up on the history of Shadowbane in our Game Archaeologist column.