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Shadow Complex 2 was shelved for Infinity Blade

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Shadow Complex was a big success for Chair Entertainment and its owner Epic Games, so it’s not surprising that last March Chair’s creative director Donald Mustard promised the company would be delivering a follow-up. Speaking today at GDC Europe, Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, explained why the project has taken two years so far (since Shadow Complex came out August 18, 2009), and we still don’t know anything about Shadow Complex 2.

Capps explains that “midway through development we decided to shift the entire team into working alongside our engine guys on an iOS title which went on to release as Infinity Blade.” Though, at the time, the decision was considered “completely crazy” he’s satisfied that, “Looking back on that decision today it seems like an exceptionally smart one.”

The unusual choice came from Capps experience with — of all things — developing Gears of War with Microsoft. He says, “Through Gears we knew that the story of our company was all about finding a platform vendor who is looking of a stand out, triple-A style title and allocate our full resources there. Knowing that [Apple] was that kind of company, we were empowered to make the decision to switch from developing Shadow Complex 2 to taking this ‘bet’ on an iOS title, while keeping the same values across both.”

So while we still don’t have Shadow Complex 2, you can thank the team for putting a bit of extra polish on Infinity Blade. As for weather you should worry that the eventual release of Shadow Complex 2 might abandon its console roots to follow Infinity Blade’s iOS success, Mustard has promised that he’s “not a fan of trying to shoehorn console controls into touch screens. They don’t feel right. You just lose so much precision.”

Aug 16, 2011

Source: Gamasutra

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  • therawski - August 17, 2011 6 p.m.

    And further more, the moment anyone says "it looks better on" a bunch of fanboys are going to go batshit, I even suggested a wii version because it's not about how it looks but how it plays (sans waggle), Super Metroid used a 21mhz processor and is a better game having been around since 1994 (without a story by a complete racist named orson scott card (what a dumb name)) I pointed out that they favored developing for Apple over MS so what's the point of exclusivity?, why isn't infinity blade on ms phone 7? Halo is dumb, Fable is dumb, I don't care about ps3 exclusives either.
  • GayforGilbert - August 23, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    I never straight-up called you a fanboy, but one assumes that when you use Micro$oft, instead of using a normal goddamned S, then you're probably not a fan of MS. I'm just tired of it, is all. It's effing stupid, to me.
  • therawski - August 17, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    @gayforgilbert I have a 360, it plays shadow complex, how does that make me a fanboy, I got my my 360 after I bought my wii, but settled on ps3, I'm a handheld fanboy but I'm not going to buy 2 phones
  • avantguardian - August 17, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    booo (hiss)...this switching from core consoles to ios is an unsettling trend imo. if for no other reason than resource distribution. i don't care how good you think an ios game is. shadow complex is better (fade off into hyperbolic space...). @therawski: NOTHING looks better on ps3. i have ff13 and LA:N for ps3 because they're bluray, and i expected a graphical upgrade. if anything, they look WORSE (oh the jaggies!).
  • BlackElement17 - August 17, 2011 1:04 a.m.

    Eh the extended wait for Shadow Complex 2 will just make it's return more appreciated.
  • p0wnd - August 17, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    I was kinda hoping they would have surprised us all by releasing Shadow Complex 2 as for the Arcade of summer
  • GayforGilbert - August 17, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    @therawskiDude, the fucking M$ bullshit is so played out. Knock it off, you sound like a dorky fanboy.
  • TheWebSwinger - August 17, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    "As for WEATHER you should worry that the eventual release of Shadow Complex 2 might abandon its console roots to follow Infinity Blade’s iOS success" Heh, typo. *God i'm petty.*
  • HeroOfLegend - August 17, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    I think Zeb264 has got it right. Infinity Blade is an awesome game. I didn't get a chance to play Shadow Complex, but the day I buy a 360, I'll download it for sure, because I'm certain that I would love it.
  • Zeb364 - August 17, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    Both Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex are fantastic games and ignoring either purely based on platform is foolish. You're only cheating yourself out of a great experience. I completely understand why they would delay a sequel in order to put their full effort into launching a new ip that they wanted to have define a platform. That said, scrapping the sequel entirely for one of the biggest XBLA titles ever (one that ends on a cliffhanger no less) would be moronic and I don't take the guys at Chair (or Epic for that matter) as morons. I'm certain it will come, just later than originally planned and it will probably just wind up being better for it thanks to all that Infinity Blade money.
  • inkyspot - August 16, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Shadow Complex 2 ... :( A tear drops to the floor.
  • KNITEpanda - August 16, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    I've heard of Infinity Blade and I've seen some of its work. However, I think its an absolutely terrible decision to put off Shadow Complex 2 all together. I'm sorry, but I think they'd make more in SC2 than they would with Inf Blade. I dont even have an iPhone, but if I had one, I wouldnt even touch the game regardless of how cool it looks, or for the fact that its just from Epic.
  • therawski - August 16, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    WELL at least we're hearing something about it. I'm hoping it's not going to be exclusive title for Micro$oft, especially since Infinity Blade is exclusive to an Apple product that I will never own. It would probably look better on PS3 and a Wii version (WiiU?) would also work.

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