The clues go deeper. As PC Gamer
notes, an image in the teaser email has the filename "ShadowRealms_Teaser_video.jpg." and that's not the first time the name's popped up tied to EA. In February the company filed a trademark
for it, and in March
it registered a ton of domains including the name, such as "shadowrealmsonline.net," "shadowrealmspvp.net" and "shadowrealmsplayfree.com" - a free-to-play MMO is the obvious leap to make.
The image filename is oddly spurious, even if trademarks and domains seem a long way to go for a ruse - remember how Eidos Montreal took advantage of unused domains and trademarks for a Deus Ex April's Fools gag
last year? We're not saying BioWare is playing a joke, but the image name may be designed to lead astray.
What does give the Shadow Realms thread some credence is that in February, around the time EA registered those trademarks and domains, Fallen London
and Sunless Sea
studio Failbetter Games revealed
it was working with BioWare on a secret project.
"We've finally been allowed to lift one corner of the veil," Failbetter CEO Alexis Kennedy said at the time. "I can't tell you anything at all about the project – not for a little while yet – except to say that it's a Failbettery one, down to its bones."
For now, Shadow Realms - if that's indeed what it is - remains enshrouded in, er, shadow.