Shadow Complex Remastered

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Shadow Complex Remastered
Shadow Complex Remastered cover
Chair Entertainment
Epic Games
Windows Hardsuit Labs
Epic Games
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows December 3, 2015[1]
macOS (OS X) August 4, 2016[2]
OpenCritic 76
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
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Key points

Remastered version and port of the Xbox 360 game Shadow Complex released in 2009. This remaster features updated graphics and new content.
In-game settings are fairly limited, with several common options requiring tweaking the settings file manually. Including Anisotropic filtering (AF) and Motion Blur.

General information

Official forum
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
See Skip Epic Games Launcher to bypass launcher.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam running.[3]
macOS (OS X)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Superfan DLC Pack A collection of bonus material that includes the following: the game's original soundtrack containing 20 pieces of music in MP3 and WAV format, a printable poster of the game's world map, a set of wallpapers, Character Bios and a final draft of the cinematic script in PDF format. Available here.
Superfan DLC Pack is only available on Steam.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/385560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\<user-id>
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X)
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\<user-id>
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/385560/pfx/[Note 1]
10 save slots plus an auto-save slot are available.
Steam version: If ran directly from its executable, save files will be stored under the UnknownPlayer folder instead.[3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3, 16:10, and 16:9 only. For other aspect ratios see Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF topic.
Can be also toggled with F11.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
As Maximized Window.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
On (4x) by default. For other levels see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
"Low", "Medium", "High", "Very High", "Best", and "Alternative".
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 62 FPS by default. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Aspect ratios other than 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10 have skewed gameplay without this fix.
Fix aspect ratio constraint[4]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainXFOV to AspectRatioAxisConstraint=AspectRatio_MaintainYFOV.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Anisotropic Filtering is set to 4x by default and cannot be modified in-game.
Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change MaxAnisotropy= to 16.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

Disable motion blur[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[5]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False.
  3. Change MotionBlurPause=True to MotionBlurPause=False.
  4. Change MotionBlurSkinning=1 to MotionBlurSkinning=0.
  5. Save your changes and close the file.

Disable ambient occlusion[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Change AmbientOcclusion=true to AmbientOcclusion=false.
  3. Save your changes and close the file.

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the game's configuration file(s) location and open EmpireEngine.ini with a text editor.
  2. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  3. Save file, right-click EmpireEngine.ini, go to Properties, and make it Read only.
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.


Keyboard and controller remapping.
Keyboard and controller remapping.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Tab is reserved for viewing the in-game map and cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Only turret Y axis controls can be inverted.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
The analog sticks cannot be reassigned.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Only turret Y axis controls can be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Xbox 360 variant.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes to controller button prompts despite using only keyboard and mouse.[6]


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, FX, Dialogue.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Shadow Complex Remastered.
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Settings reset when launched without Epic Games Launcher/Steam[edit]

Due to the game storing some settings on cloud servers, launching the game by skipping Epic Games Launcher or launching the Steam version directly from its executable causes settings to reset every time, even if the configuration files are set to "read only". Blocking the game from your outbound firewall rules may or may help for some users.[7]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
macOS/OS X only.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

Skip Epic Games Launcher[edit]

Achievements, Cloud Saving and Leaderboards will be disabled.
Some settings may also reset without launching the game through Epic Games Launcher.[7]
  1. Use the command line arguments -AUTH_LOGIN= -AUTH_PASSWORD= -AUTH_TYPE=
  2. Add exe to outbound rules in firewall.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon II X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon HD 4600
Intel HD 4000
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.10.5
Processor (CPU) 2.5 GHz Dual-Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M
1 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/385560/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (385560) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Shadow Complex Remastered coming to PS4, Xbox One; free download on PC right now - Polygon - last accessed on 2015-12-04
  2. Shadow Complex Remastered is Now on Mac App Store! - Steam Game News
  3. 3.0 3.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-16
  4. Shadow Complex Remastered - WSGF - last accessed on 2020-04-16
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2016-09-16
    This disabled motion blur without the game crashing on start-up by using these settings.
  6. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-30
  7. 7.0 7.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-04-16
    I made some changes to use "Best" anti-aliasing with some changes made to my controller and key remapping, closed the game, launched it again at a later time, and then discovered my settings reverted back to default after using this fix on the Epic Games version. Blocking the game's executable and setting the configuration files to read-only did nothing to help. The Steam version also has a similar issue when launched directly from the executable. Any help to fix this problem would be appreciated with workaround.
  8. Kopert comments on [Configuration] GUIDE: Shadow Complex Remastered