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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Shadowbane Preview, Updates
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The official Shadowbane site has received its weekly update, revealing new information on this upcoming cross-platform Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. The update contains four new additions to the Bestiary, which is a growing list of the enemies you'll be encountering in the game. There is also a new piece of history available, this time giving a lengthy account of Dwarven Lore. Fantasy fans should definitely be impressed at the depth Wolfpack is working to achieve with the storyline and character development behind game -- it remains to be seen if participants will act out their "roles" or just hack and slash, however. Lastly, a new section has been added to the impressively long Shadowbane FAQ. These new questions (and appropriate answers) revolve around the topic of character development. So if you're interested in how your character will progress in the game, this is well worth a read-through.

The site also has a link to a new preview of the game available at Shadowbane.eu. This site is dedicated to the European fans of the game, and they've visited SWING!, the company in charge of publishing Shadowbane in Europe to see the game in action. In this exclusive preview, they go over the basics of the game and its interface, as well as chat with two of the SWING! employees. These lucky people will actually be "Feature Characters" in the game, meaning they will essentially be actors who will influence the actions of normal gameplay. Here's a clip from Michael "Tegatana" Wruck:

SHADOWBANE.EU : How will you behave as a Feature Character ?

TEGATANA : It depends on the role, feature Characters are like actors, they can improvise a little, but they have to act as their character was planed. FC will not be there for a very large time ingame, we won't see them very often, they are just here to give quests, to steer interactions, to settle up and down things, but they won't interfere with ingame politics, the quests they will give will always have something to do with guild interactions, it's not Player vs NPC, or NPC quests, it should be always about players.

There's some other interesting information available, so be sure to head over and give the rest of the preview/interview a read. Shadowbane is currently deep in beta testing, and Wolfpack is hoping to have Mac and PC versions completed later in the year.

Official Shadowbane Web Site
Shadowbane.eu Preview
Wolfpack Studios

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