TL;DR version: MMORPG, but no questing. Just a high character customization and a robust PvP/GvG (even Guild vs Guild) gaming engine all wrapped in exotic 2003 graphics.
For all of you who said you loved Shadowbane… well now you can play it again. I’m not endorsed to promote this in any way… I really just want to get the word out as there has to be more people who want to play it again. Maybe you all are already playing it, maybe not. Still, this thread is to ‘test the water’ and see how much interest there is. There are about 500+ unique steam accounts on average, and going up… lots of guilds on the server are all actively recruiting. If we don’t form something ourselves through OTG then please do check out Shadowbane on Discord. Mine fights are solid, there have been a few banes but not a lot lately, definitely skirmishes for the prime leveling spots and certain runes or gear.
If you don’t know Shadowbane… it can have a tough learning curve. What other game can a high level player kill a low level one without a penalty? The dead player then drops everything they had in their backpack for the killer to pilfer through. There is a starting new player zone free of PvP but that zone does eventually kick players off of it. Be careful going into the PVP zone, which is nearly the whole remaining map. Players can make castle/towns and form armies and literally tear down other peoples castles/towns either as a territory thing… or because of a player dispute grew into a nation war. It happens.
Some background: Ubisoft sold Shadowbane to CHANGYOU, a HK based company, all those years ago. That company ran the game for players in China for all these years. There have been some Emulator spin-offs as discussed in previous topics but they built those servers manually and they could be quite buggy… SBemu exists but they shut the server down to not compete with the re-released version…
Yes, it seems that the company CHANGYOU.COM finally cleared the legal red-tape and has secured a deal through Steam. $10.99 up front… I said “nearly” in the title and that’s because there are in-app purchases BUT they are not required at all (zero even recommended by me, as most are outrageously expensive). Being Steam account based, it does reduce the ability for players to multi-box… but if you run a second PC, and buy a second copy of the game, then you can still do that some of course. No key-cloning thankfully. Some players still macro because leveling is tough… there are other macros like public service buff-bots… it’s crazy but very good to have.
Looking forward to your responses out there and seeing how many people want to play to crush again.