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E3 09: Shadow Complex footage from the Microsoft conference

12:48 PM on 06.02.2009 // Dyson

A lot of amazing things were shown yesterday at the Microsoft conference, and adding to that long list of snazzy new things is footage for the Xbox Live title: Shadow Complex. Made by Epic Games, the footage of their title looks to be pretty promising.

One of the first things that you can notice about the title is the fact that it looks like a cross between Super Metroid and Bionic Commado: Rearmed. Being a person who still wishes that Nintendo would get off their asses and make an updated 2D-esque version of Metroid, I'll take the next best thing if it's out there. Check out the video after the jump, and you'll see that the title even "borrows" the map style of Super Metroid. That, to me, is definitely a good sign. 

And if you were looking for more information of Shadow Complex other than my paltry assesment, here's the official press release.


Creators of the Award-Winning Gears of War and Unreal Series Partners with Microsoft
to Produce Original New Game

LOS ANGELES – June 1, 2009 – Epic Games, Inc., creators of the award-winning Unreal and Gears of War video game franchises and the industry-leading Unreal Engine, today announced that Microsoft Game Studios will publish its original new game exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade this summer. Shadow Complex is being developed by Epic’s Utah-based Chair Entertainment Group, creators of the award-winning Xbox LIVE Arcade title, Undertow.  

Shadow Complex was officially unveiled today as part of  the Xbox 360 Media Briefing for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place this week in Los Angeles, Calif. The game will be playable for the first time as part of Microsoft’s E3 showcase in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s South Hall, Booth # 1523.  

Powered by Unreal Engine 3, Shadow Complex features the best of old school side-scroller design combined with modern, cutting-edge gameplay and incredible high-definition graphics. Players collect power-ups, discover new abilities and evolve their character into a force of destruction as they explore an original new story set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire.” Shadow Complex marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the accessibility players expect from Xbox LIVE Arcade.
"Shadow Complex completely redefines the bar for Xbox LIVE Arcade.  It’s a testament to why Xbox LIVE is the clear choice in downloadable excellence" said Ken Lobb, creative director of Microsoft Game Studios.  "XBLA look out, here comes the next UE3-powered smash!" 
“The partnership between Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios has resulted in Gears of War becoming one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, and we’re thrilled to further strengthen that relationship with the introduction of our newest game property,” said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. “Just as Gears of War did for Xbox 360 games, we hope Shadow Complex will show the true potential of the Unreal Engine and Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

About Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, most recently shipping “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s breakthrough game, “Gears of War,” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award and this year's Hall of Fame inductee. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at

Epic, Epic Games, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Unreal, Unreal Engine, and Unreal Tournament are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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