A new version of the long-sunsetted MMORPG Shadowbane has landed on Steam

"Its freedom and cruelty are its characteristics"

    
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Shadowbane has had one of the strangest journeys of an MMORPG over the past two decades. Originally launched in the early 2000s, the PvP-centric title spun down in 2009 as its then-owners threw in the towel.

However, in 2012, China’s Changyou obtained the rights to the game and eventually turned the servers back on in that country as a revamped version called World of Shadowbane. It was only a matter of time before the company would attempt a global rollout — and now it’s here, although it’s called purely Shadowbane once again. You can buy and play Shadowbane on Steam right now in 2021 if you’re looking to revisit a past era of PvP combat or are curious what a resurrected MMO looks like.

“The Steam version of Shadowbane provides a store for everyone’s immediate needs,” Changyou helpfully pointed out. “Of course, these items (except poison ring and full potion) can be obtained in the game. At the same time, we have prepared a series of activities and rewards for players.”

“Shadowbane is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with a fantasy background. The characteristic of Shadowbane is unlimited free PvP. It has 12 races, 22 occupations, 48 affiliated occupations, more than 200 attribute points, and more than 500 skill points, all of which can be freely configured. The Shadowbane is an open battlefield that can be arbitrarily harvested in the game. Its freedom and cruelty are its characteristics, and it is also a fair competition for power.”

The title is priced at $11, although you can grab it for under nine bucks if you buy it by February 12th.

Source: Steam. Thanks Wallomby!
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Brad Hume

So… as it has been the past many years on free to play versions…. will it have players running with 9 macro alts to buff heal, and smash down walls? Because that crap was terrible. The old days where someone had 2 or 3 accounts was rough at times.

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Bullwraith

I will probably buy it and dip back into it. I still have my copy of the BradyGames Shadowbane Official Strategy Guide and my 3 retail boxes (yeah I triple-boxed at times). The game had some good systems but as others have pointed out, it was a buggy mess and most players were totally ruthless.

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Jack Pipsam

Never had the chance to the play the original, so I’ve given this a purchase.

If you want a higher resolution you need to go into Shadowbane’s Steam folder and use the config tool to make it happen, forums seem to suggestion it’s the same server hosted in Hong Kong (which is fine by me ping-wise).

I have no idea what I’m doing, it’s click to move controls and I’m already lost XD, I’ll need to read up a guide for sure lol.

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Chronic Enigma

I gave it a go today for about an hour. Let me tell you, older games really threw you into it. They really relied on you reading the manual and things. You are literally dropped in the middle of a town, no quests, no information on how to progress what to do, what the story is, just, here you go have fun, we wont explain anything.

I’ll give it some time, but boy oh boy does this game show its age with the engine and the onboarding.

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Celestia

I was always disappointed I never played Shadowbane. Going to give it a twirl.

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TheDarthStomper

And will almost certainly return there before long.

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NecroFox4

I remember the hacker-dominated, exploit-riddled mess that was Shadowbane. I still have my original retail box floating around in my office somewhere. I think I’ll leave Shadowbane where it belongs; in the deep, dark recesses of my MMO past.

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Loopy

I hear that it has an in-game store that sells gold, buff potions and the like. Not that i was considering this game as it’s too old for my taste – but that sounds very P2W-ish.

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Bruno Brito

Ah yes, selling a failed MMO.

The “ArcheAge Approach” as i call it.

Or…triple A for short :^)

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J

Well that came out of no where.