Epic Games and Chair Entertainment have remastered their Metroidvania Shadow Complex as expected. In a surprise twist, though, they're giving it away for free for a limited time.
In Shadow Complex, Jason Flemming must rescue his girlfriend from a mysterious underground base filled with hostile soldiers. The story, set in the same world as Orson Scott Card novel Empire, was penned by long-time The Incredible Hulk writer Peter David. As Flemming fights his way through the complex, he'll gain weapons and abilities that allows him to access new parts of the facility. He'll also learn more about the plans of the mysterious army he's fighting.
The game initially launched on Xbox 360 in 2009 to rave reviews. It was also one of the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade games at the time. Presumably some kind of exclusivity deal between Epic Games and Microsoft prevented other ports in the years since then.
Chair and Epic built Shadow Complex: Remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC. They say that Remastered was built in Unreal Engine 4 so the visuals are a step-up from the original version. Players will have new achievements and master challenges to pursue through the updated game. They'll also get access to new takedown moves.
The PC version of Shadow Complex: Remastered can be downloaded for free now as a holiday gift. You have to download the 91MB Epic Games launcher and create a free Epic account if you don't already have one. It's annoying to have yet another digital games launcher on my computer but, hey, free game. Here are the system requirements in case you want to play it: