Shadow Complex dev hopeful for a sequel

"We want it more than anyone," Chair Entertainment co-founder and creative director Donald Mustard says.

Shadow Complex developer Chair Entertainment is hopeful that a sequel to the 2009 downloadable action game will be released someday. Co-founder and creative director Donald Mustard told GameSpot today that not even fans could match the developer's eagerness.

"We certainly love Shadow Complex. As much as there are fans out there that want more Shadow Complex, I promise they don't want it more than we do," Mustard said. "We want it more than anyone. When the time is right, we sure hope to return to the Shadow Complex series."

Shadow Complex was released exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade in August 2009 and set sales records at launch. In September 2011, then-Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski said, "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."

Chair Entertainment reportedly began work on the sequel but was pulled off the project to work on Infinity Blade, Epic Games' first offering for iOS platforms. More than 40 million Infinity Blade games have been downloaded to date, and a third installment is due out next week.

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.

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112 comments
Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

You guys do know that, if there is a Shadow Complex 2, it will be exclusive for IOS...right?

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Make it for the PS3 too!

bumblebug
bumblebug

Shadow Complex 2 would be SO AMAZING!!!  Please, somebody publish this game.

JaylumX
JaylumX

You telling me you haven't  even started?

JoJoStarFire
JoJoStarFire

I would get the sequel. I liked Shadow Complex a lot.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I really loved this game and the classic Metroid feel. If they had released on more platforms they may have gotten to a sequel sooner with the extra funding.

Atragon
Atragon

Loved it. Would by sequel in a heatbeat...

kargion
kargion

Making it for a platform that has had no innovation since the original IPone doesn't scream next gen.

Eric_Drav3n
Eric_Drav3n

Awesome game. Should have been released for PC.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Sorry Donald, but the game's record breaking sales didn't cut the Mustard.

Kaz32
Kaz32

Oh HELL yes. Make it a multi platform release and I will play this game on every console I have!

tightwad34
tightwad34

I always wanted to play Shadow Complex but it was only for the 360. I will check this one out if it comes to Playstation. Maybe it will without Cliff in charge because you know he likes the 360 and his brotastic games.

ascendedcobra
ascendedcobra

I've been waiting forever! Shadow complex is the best dlc arcade game on xbox live imo. I probably like it even more than super metroid or sotn.

GreggD
GreggD

Look, Donald. I know that Infinity Blade has been astronomically more profitable than Shadow Complex was, but come on. Throw us a bone.

lagerfeldt1974
lagerfeldt1974

Absolutely loved Shadow Complex and will buy the sequel in a heartbeat

anfunny
anfunny

I'm hopeful too. There needs to be more Metroid-esque games!

blackace
blackace

Get it ready for Xbox One for 2014. We'll be waiting. They didn't say it was a money issue. They said the developers who were making the sequel got pulled off the project to work on another Infinity Blade game. I guess they didn't want to higher a different team to finish it and wanted the original team to complete the project.

YesSheWill
YesSheWill

They can't afford to make a sequel...really?

santinegrete
santinegrete

You know who else would love it? Metroid 2D fans like me!

-RPGamer-
-RPGamer-

Also I guess the 23 mill you've made from the Infinity Blade isn't enough to fund another Shadow Complex?

Sorry I just can't believe what this guy is saying, these all sound like piss poor excises to appease fans. A subsidiary of Epic making millions can't finish a Metroidvania title... Suuuure

magicalclick
magicalclick

I so want it, but, for Xbox One with cool graphics and all.

NTM23
NTM23

Hey Donald, it looks like you got a little Mustard on your shirt. Ha ha ha, mwahaha! Alright, that was mean. Hopefully there'll be a sequel, I really liked the first. It was the first XBLA game I went for all of the achievements, which means it's good to me. Oh crap! And it also took place in WA, which I liked a lot as well, although it didn't really do anything with it other than show trees that are similar to here.

-RPGamer-
-RPGamer-

LOL. We need to find a partner? You're owned by Epic, you don't get much bigger than that for partners.

Just admit that you keep funneling resources to your mobile game IP >_>

Incubus420
Incubus420

This game was a ton of fun and looked great for just $15 bucks.  This of course was back before my Xbox got the RROD and I just stopped playing it.  Those were good times back then. It was also funny to hear Nolan Norths voice on the Xbox at the time. 

scottp61
scottp61

I'm eager to play this too Colonel Mustard.

I hate when a good game comes out and there is a good possibility that a sequel will be made but instead the team that worked on the original gets put on a new or different IP. This is what happened to Freedom Fighters. iO Interactive announced a sequel but instead made Kane and Lynch and its sequel instead. Both Kane and Lynch games sucked and here we are 10 years later and still no Freedom Fighters 2

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Screw that noise, As awesome as Shadow Complex was, I want a remake and the sequels to your true baby. Donald and Geremy Mustard, give me my goddamn Advent Rising trilogy!!! You have more than enough money off of Infinity Blade, Shadow Complex, and even Undertow, so go to Majesco, buy back the license to the series that you created when you were teenagers and give us everything you've got! I know the first one wasn't very well received because of some glitches and framerate issues, but I think it deserves a second chance. Even if you just release it as a XBLA/PSN title. Hell, you could do both of the sequels using the same graphics engine even. I just want to know what happens next...

 Even if you have to Kickstarter it, I'll start the bidding with $1000 out of my own pocket and I have no doubt others will follow suit.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Oh yeah? Well I'm more hopeful than you, Mr Donald so-called Mustard!

Whadya got ta say ta that!?

edhc44
edhc44

I have always known that Shadow Complex was a polarizing title but I'm glad to see in the comments that the ones who loved it vastly outnumber the ones who hated it. If there wasn't a huge backlog waiting for whatever free time I have, I'd give it a second run in a heartbeat.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't get it... that was probably the best XBLA game I've ever played, and I own about 80 XBLA games... just to put that in perspective, and it set sales records for the time. What's the problem, Epic?!! Pull your Infinity Blade head out of your ass and get back to work on a real game! It's not like you won't make millions off of it, so again I ask you... WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?!! 

I bet if Chair took it to Kickstarter it would get fully funded. 

123whatever
123whatever

the story/plot was so simple... yet the gameplay, items, and atmosphere just stuck together so well. great game -- i challenge you to download it and play it today... because you wont put it down until youve beaten it. this game deserves a sequal more than infinity shat deserves a trilogy. 

G4m3r0uTL4wZ
G4m3r0uTL4wZ

First game looks great,sucks its a xbox exclusive and Ive never heard of it.

Gitano
Gitano

I loved the first one, hope there is a second

chipface-z
chipface-z

As long as they don't make it exclusive to the Xbox One I'll be happy.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

they should put it on PC & PS3/PS4. they will acquire more sales & probably help out there revenue in designing a new game. im sure that their contract is up with Xbox by now, since ive seen alot of exclusives jump ship recently. but i might be wrong in this assumption

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Really cool game.  I was depressed when it suddenly ended.  It's hard to believe such a successful and quality game is only 'maybe' getting a sequel.

Voice_of_Wisdom
Voice_of_Wisdom

PC version pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease....................................

inscript
inscript

Best arcade game I ever played. Thanks to Microsoft plz bring this game to the xboxone

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

This game was easily the most unimaginative, boring crap I witnessed in the last few years.

Some generic white guy with a generic haircut and a generic girlfriend doing generic stuff on a metroid clone game. It doesn't get crappier than this.


anfunny
anfunny

@ascendedcobra I wouldn't go that far ;) Super Metroid is unrivaled in terms of sequence breaking and emergence.

Dbizzles
Dbizzles

Freedom Fighters was awesome! Fun campaign and the multi player was cool. Sometimes i wonder what is stopping fan favorite games from using kickstarter already...

I would love Shadow Complex 2, Freedom Fighters 2 and maybe DEATHROW 2 or a remake on kickstarter! i would support the shit out of it

Vodoo
Vodoo

@Bellum_Sacrum You are obviously some fanatical freak that never even touched the game, much less see it in action. Because if you did, and you still made those comments, you'd have no business even playing video games in the first place.

edhc44
edhc44

@Bellum_SacrumYour commet really deserves backlash, but it was so unimaginative and generic that I don't know what to say.

diepoxide
diepoxide

@Dictatroll @inscript Could say the same about you troll boy.

It WAS one of the better releases. What the fuck are your standards anyway???

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@Vodoo @Bellum_Sacrum Sorry kids, it's you that don't have business playing games. You're better of watching generic Hollywood movies if you somehow managed to withstand this mentally insulting, unimaginative pile of genericness.

Dictatroll
Dictatroll

@diepoxide @Dictatroll @inscript 

Did i harm your boyfriend feelings or something?

Or something stuck up yours for you to be mad.

Sheesh.