For all of 2K's promotional bluster that Evolve offered the first real 4 vs 1 competitive experience, it turns out that Bioware's recently cancelled Shadow Realms was going to take the concept a little further.
According to an extensive report run by Unseen64, when the game was revealed in 2013, not only did Shadow Realms do the whole 4 vs 1 shtick but it brought eight classes to the table too, whereas the Turtle Rock Studios shooter only accommodated four.
Originally in development at Bioware Austin, the game was canned last month with the remainder of the team.
An online 4 vs 1 competitive action RPG, Shadow Realms proved to be an interesting prospect not just because of its gameplay systems, but also because of its setting too; merging current day locations and cultures with occult overtones.
As it turns out, the game was apparently going to be free-to-play too, even though Bioware and EA had yet to confirm the payment model in any sort of official capacity.
What a shame eh?
Anyhow, feel free to shed a few more tears over what could have been by watching four minutes of Shadow Realms gameplay captured from Gamescom 2014.