Epic looking for studio to make Shadow Complex 2

Cliff Bleszinski says sequel to Chair-developed downloadable action game is "largely designed," but company needs a partner to finish it up.

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Earlier this year, the creative director at developer Chair Entertainment teased a sequel to the downloadable action game Shadow Complex, saying the sequel was a question of "if," not "when." It also might be a question of "how," as Cliff Bleszinski of Chair parent Epic Games told Gamasutra the company is looking for outside assistance to finish up a sequel.

Shadow Complex 2 was shelved for pretty simple reasons.

"Shadow Complex 2 is sitting there, it's actually largely designed, we just need to find a partner that will help us to finish it so we can bring it to market," Bleszinski told the site.

Chair Entertainment had begun work on the sequel but was pulled off the project in order to work on Infinity Blade, Epic Games' first offering on iOS platforms.

"We needed a flagship product for iOS, plain and simple," Bleszinski said of the decision to focus on Infinity Blade. "And we could have ported Shadow Complex, but it would have been a lot of work and it might not have been the right fit. And then Donald Mustard suggested Punch Out!! with swords with RPG layers and we were like, 'Yes!'"

When it launched on Xbox Live Arcade in 2009, Shadow Complex drew comparisons to Nintendo's Super Metroid line of 2D side-scrolling action adventure games. The game melds high-intensity shooting with exploration, as players gain new abilities that open up new areas, where more abilities can be found to unlock more areas, and so on.

For more on the original title, check out GameSpot's review of Shadow Complex.

Discussion

45 comments
fanirama
fanirama

What is the reviewer cupping in his right hand?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Would love to see a 2nd SC, but I would also like to see it on the PC and/or PS3

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

So glad to finally hear news on this one. Here's to hoping it's a full-on release and not just DLC. Either way, I'm not complaining because the first one was amazing. Hands down one of the best downloadable games to date.

funkinslick
funkinslick

i love shadow complex. I sure hope this makes it out. I'm most curious about where the plot is going to go and if it will still be tied in and parallel to the events in Orson Scott Card's Empire.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i dont really like downloadable games. i try to stay away from them, i don't know, i guess it has to do with money and lack of HDD space on my old 20g 360. But the two games i have downloaded were Braid, and Shadow Complex. Greatest downloads ever. Heres hoping for a Shadow Complex 2!

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

What about Chair Ent? Shadow Complex is awesome. If anyone does not have this game I highly suggest you download it. It will not disappoint.

jhpeter
jhpeter

For the delay, u must do a shadow complex sequel each year from now. Best game 2d for this generation.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@mattg90520 Come to think of it, that is actually a good question, though they could have been working on it secretly this whole time.

mtait01
mtait01

I hope this isnt DLC, i would love this to be a full retail release

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

PC version please...

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

@chilly-chill I have disposable income, and it was the only reason to own one at the time in my opinion. I'm also a fan of the original NES/GB/SNES Metroids.

Luminious0
Luminious0

The Super Metroid (or any Metroid) formula is just pure winning man!

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Jay444111 it was a 2d side scoller. who cares about the story. what about mario or metriod castlivania. all those games were the major influences for this one, none of them had a "story" just stupid back ground info to explain why you are going from one side of the screen to other. but yeah a better story would not hurt.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@sleepnsurf yeah I think XBLA is way better than PSN. but you should check out Comet Crash and Pixel Junk Monsters on psn. both are great. Comet Crash is actually my 2nd fav aracade game behind Shadow Complex, but most of my favs are on xbla. did you get the free games from psn after the hack? dead nation was good. and ofcourse wipeout is %%%%ing amazing!!!

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

for rizzal! what has been taking so long. this is THE game that got me into arcade on xbox and psn. I thought they were DUMB and waste of money. then a friend talked me into getting this game. I was blown away. Finnaly a game that was like super metriod and just as fun! that is when I realized sometimes these dumb arcade games arent a waste of time. this is the type of game they could make every year and I would not complain. instead we get COD every year, why not Shadow Complex!

coop36
coop36

Cool news, I hope the sequel works out. I really enjoyed the first one.. in fact Ive been meaning to play it again.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Shadow Complex is a good game, but not my kind. I played for a while, then I got stuck or couldn't find something... put it away and never went back. I'm not really into Metroid, and Castlevania, so I figure I don't like these types of games with back tracking, maps, mazes, collectibles, loot, etc... I did like the characters and the story. But I wish the sequel brings a new setting and characters, something like FF does with most of their main games.

yoda101280
yoda101280

hope they get this sequel out, Shadow Complex was the first Xbox Arcade game I bought and it is honestly the single reason I started to actually give that service a shot. Prior to Shadow Complex I basically looked at the Arcade service as something simply for kiddies or nostalgic gamers looking for a taste of past hits. While it is in large part exactly that, you some times get rare gems like Shadow Complex which I really enjoyed, I have a couple more arcade games since then but Shadow Complex still remains my favorite to date.

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

The story might have been disjointed and confusing but the gameplay was awesome. brought back sweet memories of the old NES and SNES days. Those games nevedr had much story so they had to rely on gameplay. Hope it lives up to the first SC.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

God this game was great. Love the 360 arcade games. My PS does not have anything near it in the arcade.

Jay444111
Jay444111

This new game better have an ACTUAL writer instead of a comic book writer... I mean... wow, the first games story was so damn bad, and they even knew it to the point of calling Orson scott card as the writer so they could blame him. I know I will get flak for that. but if this game doesn't make up for the crap story in the first I WILL start up a 50 page review on why the second game sucks... wasted 15 bucks on the first one thinking orson scott card was making only to be lied to the entire damn time.

JaylumX
JaylumX

You mean you haven't even started!

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Here's an idea Epic... why don't you make PC games again? Even console ports would be fine.

goldenocean
goldenocean

Ok... that explains why Chair didn't do it already, but it begs the question: Why aren't they doing it now???

barnold81
barnold81

I loved the original Shadow Complex.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

FINISH this game! I bought my 360 simply for Shadow Complex. It would be a travesty not to have a proper sequel.

CassadyH
CassadyH

oh man, this reminds me i never finished the first one. :/

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

I never got around to playing Shadow Complex and then my 360 RRoDed... Sadness

Mariner32
Mariner32

I loved Shadow Complex! It may have been short on story, but I feel that really only served to entice me more to learn about the game as a whole. That, and the whole Metroid-vania style coupled with the Unreal engine made for a great nostalgic feeling while staying with the times.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I'd buy it. I would love to have more of these 2.5D side scrollers.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This seems like a very easy solution, allow Chair to finish the game unless they are working on something else....... Chair is the obvious choice, they struck gold with Shadow Complex, it's only right they continue or at least finish Shadow Complex 2.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I love this series. If they could make it 3RD person like Gears of War then that would be mint ! It would be like a stealthy / sy-fi kind of game.

Icehearted
Icehearted

Oh hells yes! Games like Metroid and Castlevania stepped away from this kind of model and Shadow Complex reminded us of why games like those were so much fun to play.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

Its been long enough, can't wait for a sequel to this masterpiece. But I agree with the comments below, why not just get chair to do it? if they didn't I would be just a tad nervous.

Cobra5
Cobra5

I'll do it. Just teach me to code real quick.

mattg90520
mattg90520

I remember reading an article about this a few months ago. The reason they didnt make the game was because, apparently, the technology wasnt exciting enough for them. Ignoring the fact that the first was awesome and almost demands a sequel, I believe they went on to make some Ipad game or something instead. If the game is largely designed, why do they need to contract out to do it?

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As long as Epic games makes it Epic, I'm all good.

sonictank
sonictank

Yesssss i really can't wait for the long awaited sequal definately wanna buy and play it reguardless of whom makes its gonna be just as awesome as the first

Matt_Hunter
Matt_Hunter

@Mistwaver1985 I am totally understanding what u mean and hope they get your message exactly like it is :D that would probably make them think a little and refocus

Mistwaver1985
Mistwaver1985

You know what Epic Games, screw Infinity Blade, put Chair Entertainment back on Shadow Complex 2 - it's a much more productive title rather than some iOS title that will probably go down as one of the titles nobody played. Looks like Epic Games is starting to lose focus in what made them great. They used to work on one project at a time and made amazing games -- don't get me wrong their games are still amazing -- but it appears they're starting to lose focus now. You don't pull a developer off a title that's almost complete, have them start on another title, and expect someone to come behind and finish a game somebody else almost had complete. It's just incredibly difficult to resume development on a game some other company has started.