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.