More Shadow Complex teased

Chair creative director says studio intends to return to downloadable 2D side-scrolling shooter franchise in the future.

Upon its launch on Xbox Live Arcade in 2009, Shadow Complex received more than just solid reviews. Though it was later eclipsed, Chair Entertainment's side-scrolling shooter set a single-player sales record on Microsoft's online service for the Xbox 360, selling more than 200,000 copies within a week of launch.

Chair may have tabled Shadow Complex, but it clearly hasn't shelved it.

For most, big sales and solid reviews clearly add up to a sequel. However, for those still doubting a follow-up, Chair's creative director, Donald Mustard, has given fans of the original something a bit more substantial to hold onto. Speaking to Eurogamer, Mustard said that it's only a matter of time before more Shadow Complex arrives.

"I'll put it this way," Mustard said. "More Shadow Complex isn't a question of if, it's a question of when. Shadow Complex is our baby and we love it dearly and, y'know, we're working on some cool stuff [in general]. That's all I can say."

Responding to a request for comment, a Chair representative told GameSpot, "Shadow Complex is an extension of our Empire IP, and naturally we are always looking for ways to expand that universe, as well as our other gameworlds. In this case, Donald was just referring to ideas they have for how that could be done. No new games have been announced."

Shadow Complex drew comparisons to Nintendo's Super Metroid line of 2D side-scrolling action adventure games upon its release in 2009. The game melds high-intensity shooting with intricate exploration and puzzle-solving elements.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Shadow Complex.

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gbrading
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What I would love would be a PC version of Shadow Complex. I always really liked the look of it but not having a 360 means I can't play it.

pszone
pszone

well xboxlive fault for saying anything if its a xbox live exclslisve should stay xboxlive but they just letting them doing it putting on 3DS so blame is on creator and xboxlive for not saying anything

BeanoFatardo
BeanoFatardo

this is epic / chair people. this isn't nintendo. they aren't just going to give the shadow complex name to another developer and let them have at it to ruin a good series. this is chair's baby... and they know that doing anything other than putting the game in a new location with new weapons and an awesome continuation to the story would be suicide.

BeanoFatardo
BeanoFatardo

lol... shadow complex go 3d?! you crazy if you think that chair would change/mess with a near flawless game!

BeanoFatardo
BeanoFatardo

great game, and if you think it was too short, you are a cheap wanker. the game was 10 - 15 bucks depending on when you buy it and was worth every cent no matter what you pay. all i can say to chair and epic is to put the next one on store shelves so we can own physical copies. slap the original shadow complex on a disc with the second and watch the sales soar.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@Toysoldier34 I do not think they would go 3D. They know that they gained that success from being the only one returning to that style of game. Also, I play online, but I do so on the PS3. I mostly have single player or arcade games on my X360. Most people will find that weird, but it's fine by me. In fact, I know more people who own a PS3 than a X360, so I can play with more friends that way. However, Gears 3 will make me resubscribe to Live.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@Toysoldier34 Your loss then, I suppose. Guess you'll just have to miss out on what will probably be a great game

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@x-2tha-z Yes but to get the full features of games Live is often needed, I choose not to play online games with the 360 so I can buy another game each year and not pay to use the games I do own. Shadow Complex I don't see needing Live as much but you never know.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@Toysoldier34 You can download XBLA games with a silver account. Silver accounts are free.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Played this the other day for the first time in a while; perfect little adventure you can get right into, with extremely addicting yet simple gameplay. Getting the sequel without a doubt, and if there's any additions to the leveling system, I'll be setting cash aside for this way in advance.

turok0
turok0

hope they bring this franchise to PC

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

SC is the best game on XBLA. I hope the sequel is just like it. That's all it takes; same gameplay, different level design, new weapons and abilities. Keep it 2D like the original. I swear, if they announce SC2 and it's a 3D action game, I'll go mad.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Loved the first one, just hope it will be on PC or PS3 so I don't have to pay for Live to play it.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Brilliant and refreshing, i look forward to a sequel.

liam82517
liam82517

Im shocked there hasnt been a 2nd made already. It was a good game and popular if memory serves.

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Fun game but the last boss battle was very lame. Here's to hoping they improve the finale.

Hercules321
Hercules321

This game is the only downloadable game/DLC I have ever paid for....and it was worth every penny. A second one would be awesome!

mtait01
mtait01

Shadow complex was pure awesome! One of the best downloadable games without a doubt. I just wonder whether they will bring another downloadable side scroller... or go all out and bring it onto store shelves?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

This should be interesting. The first one was very good, although I still haven't beat it. Stuck on the part where everything starts blowing up and I just can't seem to get out of there in time!

rasterror
rasterror

This game deserves a sequel. I still play it. Awesome game.

Makbar_Ramirez
Makbar_Ramirez

I loved this game so much! I look forward to a sequel or anything else they want to bring out!

jhpeter
jhpeter

@santinegrete, Metroid other M should be erased from the series, I love Team Ninja, but they make a shameful metroid with a weak and very bad history, 9 hours game(without getting all misiles, without sense since you already killed the last boss and there´s any novelty), the last Metroid I played, I finish in 45 hours, Metroid Prime.

jhpeter
jhpeter

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The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I didn't like the first, but a lot of people did so I hope a sequel is coming

TheArcade
TheArcade

I find myself on a higher level of COMPLEXITY when thinking of this game.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

Time for me to finally read the Empire book (which I own) so I can play this without fear of spoilers

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

THis would be a good thing........ Only if it was Xbox360 exclusive please don't pull a Twisted Pixel and say somthing like "Only if U had an exclusive game from a crappy Reality Game show we for some reason think is god......" That was them just proving how arugent they are as developers... They honestly think the PS3 can do better? They are already regretting leaving Xbox360 right now because they found out as many developers have the PS3 can't do modern coding worth crap. (It dose the old way of coding for games IE short integer codes the best, while most games use long integer codes which Xbox360 dose much better then PS3 and was widly attacked for it by developers till they woke up and found it was easyer to work with then short integer code easyer to clean up, and make work that is)

santinegrete
santinegrete

The closest thing to a good Metroid game in recent memory *Metroid other M looks ashamed to other side*.

jayd02
jayd02

sweet I will just get the demo and play the whole game free and beat it in a few hours thanks Epic!!! :D

buft
buft

i look forward to whatever they release

Icehearted
Icehearted

@GunnyHath Hey, that would make it big enough for a disc release, bub! I am so okay with that :)

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

They'd better make a full length one this time, the last one was too short for such a good game.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

the first was fun, so a second would be awesome!

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

lol hope it takes place right after the first, I really dont feel like reading that book to find out what happens.

adit942
adit942

this is great news , i wish they'd make a sequel to limbo too

adit942
adit942

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jhpeter
jhpeter

Finally something to make me back to Live to download, since I don t like play online. Shadow complex is the best Exclusive for the Xbox360 for me and I hope others companies do the same path, and make more metroid 2d style games.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Don't know if it's in the cards, but i'd love to play this on PS3. I have a 360 as well, and I loved the original, but I don't much like Microsoft's business model so i play games on PS3 whenever possible.