Epic Games and its subsidiary Chair Entertainment are bringing back mega hit “Shadow Complex” in a remastered version. Plus, it will be made available across multiple platforms. And right now you can download the new PC version – for free.

For those who may have forgotten, Shadow Complex launched in 2009 to considerable critical acclaim, including a 9.4 out of 10 from videogame news site IGN. Declared GameSpot: “Shadow Complex is a simple, fun and engaging side scrolling adventure game set in the backdrop of a plot of treason, betrayal and right-wing revolution in future America.”

Why bring it back in an updated, faster format?

Donald Mustard. founder and creative director of Epic-owned Chair, told Mashable that bringing Shadow Complex to a wider audience across several platforms had always been a dream.

“Imagine if [id Software] had made Doom and Quake, and then nobody made another first-person shooter for 15 years.” Mustard said.

The news has created excitement across much of the videogame press, and it was made official Thursday night at a big games award gala.

To refresh your memory or to introduce you to the game, here’s Wikipedia’s summary:

“Shadow Complex”

“Shadow Complex is a 2009 platform-adventure video game developed by Chair Entertainment in association with Epic Games (using its Unreal Engine 3) and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. The game was released worldwide on August 19, 2009. The original script of Shadow Complexwas written by comic book writer and Star Trek novelist Peter David.

“The game follows Jason Flemming and his new girlfriend Claire, who opts to explore some caverns the two stumble across. When she does not respond to his calls, Jason follows her. He finds a massive underground complex with soldiers and high-end technology. Jason must rescue Claire and discover the plot behind the faction operating the complex.

“Shadow Complex‍ ’​s reception has been very positive. It has received and been nominated for several Game of the Year and Editor’s Choice Awards. Critics praised the gameplay, narrative and graphics, with several reviewers also stating that its 1200 Microsoft Points price was a bargain. It also broke all sales records for Xbox Live Arcade titles, selling over 200,000 units within the first week of release and as of year-end 2011, has sold over 600,000 copies. A Remastered version was released for Microsoft Windows in December 2015 with plans for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions later.”

Here is some of the buzz on the web about the re-release:

  • Remastered in a Compelling New Offering, Shadow Complex is Here

Ledger Gazette

Check out our review to see why we loved it so much it’s still included on our list of top 25 Xbox 360 games. “Bringing Shadow Complex to a larger audience of gamers across multiple platforms has always been one of our goals at Chair”, said Donald …

  • Chair Entertainment remasters Shadow Complex for PC, Xbox One and PS4


“Chair Entertainment, a division of Epic Games, announced today that it has remastered its Shadow Complex hit game for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The title will come out in 2016. The title was originally built in Unreal Engine 3 and released …”

  • Get Ready for ‘Shadow Complex Remastered’ on PC

PC Magazine

“More than six years after its release on the Xbox 360 as a digital-only title on Xbox Live Arcade, Shadow Complex will reportedly be making its debut on PC. …

  • Shadow Complex Remastered Coming to PC?

Steelers Lounge (blog)

Shadow Complex appears to be getting a remastered port to the PC if a Pan European Game Information, or PEGI, rating is any indication. For the uninitiated, it’s the PC release of a former Xbox 360 metroidvania game released back in 2009. Heading to …

  • Shadow Complex Remastered free now on PC, coming to PS4, Xbox One


It’s coming to the new consoles early next year – hopefully as part of PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection or Games with Gold. A Metroidvania style platformer, Shadow Complex was very well received at release and follows Jason Flemming searching …