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Stray Bullet Games
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 03/25/03)  | Pub:UBISoft
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Retail | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:Free
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Shadowbane, a dark fantasy MMORPG from Stray Bullet Games and Ubisoft, debuted in 2003. Originally developed by Wolfpack Studios, the game was most notable for its open PvP rules and dynamic game world. Players could fight each other openly in almost any location, making Shadowbane one of the first PvP-centric MMOs. Being able to affect the game's world was another salient feature, and player cities, terrain, mercenaries, and other creations were player contributions. Both of these features added to the depth of the game's community, and to its siege battle feature, which allowed players to sack each others' cities and lands.

Players could select from the 12 races of Aelfborn, Aracoix, Centaur, Dwarf, Elf, Half Giant, Human, Irekei, Minotaur, Nephilim, Shade, and Vampire. Although Shadowbane featured a fairly typical class and race system, with hunting and earning XP for leveling and advancement, there were no quests. The game was a mix of PvP and community-oriented content. Since the game world was so dynamic, each server was different and politics sprung up, with players in control. This meant that any sieges or wars that were started were entirely player-driven, and notable player characters could find themselves with much prestige and influence over the game.

Shadowbane had several different servers, with one following a set of rules known as "loreplay." Loreplay restricted a player's ability to join certain guilds based upon factors such as a character's race, gender, or class. The game also saw two expansions, Rise of Chaos and Throne of Oblivion. After going free-to-play with advertisements in 2007, the game was "rebooted" in March of 2008, with all player characters and cities wiped. Shadowbane was shut down in July of 2009.

Remembering Shadowbane Posted by ReallyNow10 on March 23, 2015 @ 6:03PM
SB is simply the best MMORPG ever made. Posted by kairel182 on September 24, 2014 @ 2:42PM
What is the server activity like on this game? Posted by ReallyNow10 on August 4, 2014 @ 10:27AM
Knights should have horses Posted by Righteous_Rock on April 3, 2014 @ 1:52PM
Templates Posted by Nefastus on October 21, 2013 @ 6:59AM
Shadowbane II? Posted by Grunch on February 24, 2013 @ 7:18AM
ShadowBane II Posted by Grunty on July 28, 2012 @ 2:11AM
Shadowbane resurrected by Chinese Company Posted by Gajari on April 29, 2012 @ 12:36PM
Why Shadowbane failed Posted by Arawnite on October 30, 2011 @ 9:43AM

Game Closing Permanently

Game Closing Permanently - Shadowbane News has learned that Wolfpack Studios is closing the doors on their MMO Shadowbane as of May 1st, 2009.

Posted Apr 17, 2009 by Jon Wood

Shadowbane Reboot

Shadowbane Reboot - Shadowbane News

The folks at Shadowbane have announced that Shadowbane will be reset on March 25th, the date of the games 5 year anniversary.

Posted Mar 13, 2008 by Keith Cross

Latest Patch On Test Server

Latest Patch On Test Server - Shadowbane News

Shadowbane content patch goes to test server.

Posted Mar 15, 2007 by

In-game Advertising

In-game Advertising - Shadowbane News

This Tuesday, Ubisoft and Double Fusion joined forces to offer dynamic in-game advertising in Shadowbane.

Posted Mar 08, 2007 by Laura Genender

September Content Patch

September Content Patch - Shadowbane News

Shadowbane released their September 2006 content patch on September 27th.

Posted Oct 05, 2006 by Jon Wood