Chair promises Shadow Complex sequel, but not for iPads

Shadow Complex on XBLA was a big win for Chair Entertainment, so it comes as zero shock that the Epic Games subsidiary studio is pumped about putting out a sequel. Confirming this, Chair's creative director Donald Mustard recently pledged that a follow-up is indeed on its way, and despite the studio's success with Infinity Blade on the iPhone and iPad, the sequel will be staying away from iOS platforms.

"Shadow Complex isn't a question of 'if', it's a question of 'when',” said Mustard in a chat with Eurogamer. “Shadow Complex is our baby and we love it dearly and, y'know, we're working on some cool stuff [in general]."

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When asked whether Chair would consider releasing the Shadow Complex series for the App Store, Mustard explained that Chair was reluctant to do so for fear they would not be able to adequately recreate the game's complicated control scheme on touch screens.

“I still cannot think of a way that we'd be able to bring over the precision controls [to touchscreen devices] that Shadow Complex needs to be amazing,” he said, adding, “I'm not a fan of trying to shoehorn console controls onto touch screens. They don't feel right. You just lose so much precision."

We gave Shadow Complex a 9/10, and it has since received a cumulative score of 88/100 on Metacritic. iGadgets or not, we're confident its sequel will find an audience.

Mar 14, 2011

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  • FreekinIdiot - March 15, 2011 11:56 a.m.

  • Spybreak8 - March 15, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    Shadow Complex was the perfect blend of modern day gaming and old school platforming. Yeah keep it out of the touch screen markets, glad the sequel is coming though!
  • Letter11 - March 15, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    This is great news! I hope they can get Orson Scott Card to pen the story again. He's my favorite author. Ender's Game is a testament to his genius. Do yourself a favor and read it if you haven't.
  • CaptainTrotski - March 14, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    Oh god yes. I loved SC1. Played it all the time and got all the achievements, that game was/is one my most favorites. I love the metroidvania genre and I hope SC2 is better then the 1st.
  • chriszewski - March 14, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    "Gaming" on a portable device for me consists of crossword puzzles on my Droid 2. I will, however be salivating profusely in anticipation of playing the sequel on XBLA. Next to the recent Torchlight, Limbo and the remake of the original PoP, Shadow Complex stole a large portion of the time I'd normally be playing AAA titles.
  • TFUPrivateIron - March 14, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    This is good news. I just ask that they get rid of the .5D, and stick to good ol' fashioned 2D. Shooting people in the background got needlessly complicated and imprecise at certain points.
  • BigWillis - March 14, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    I can not for the life of me enjoy a platformer on a touchscreen. It needs buttons.

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