Remaster and remake specialists Nightdive Studios has announced yet another classic remaster soon to be released. The developer has partnered with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to develop a remastered edition of the classic action-adventure video game Shadow Man. It’ll be available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and GOG sometime in 2021.
If you haven’t heard of Shadow Man before, he’s a supernatural hero who protects humanity from the sinister demons that lurk in the Deadside and spill into our world. Incidentally, Valiant Entertainment has a brand-new Shadow Man comic book series slated for release later this spring, May 20.
Dan Mintz, Chairman and CEO of Valiant Entertainment spoke of his excitement over the remaster announcement:
“As part of our continued growth into the video game industry, we’re happy to bring Valiant fans this immensely popular Shadow Man character as the next title we release.
Using this platform allows the Valiant fans to experience and explore the universe creatively.”
The Shadow Man video game was originally developed by Acclaim Studios and published for the PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast console in 1999. Considered a “lost classic” for years, the PC version of the game was published again in its original form by Nightdive Studios in 2014.
The upcoming remaster will improve the game’s visuals and performance substantially using Nightdive’s proprietary KEX engine which has been used to restore classic video games across all digital platforms including System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood: Fresh Supply, and Forsaken Remastered.
The Remastered version adds a host of features in addition to console support:
- 4K widescreen display
- Dynamic shadow mapping
- Dynamic per-pixel lighting
- Antialiasing, and other post-process effects
- Higher density of particle effects
- Refined art, audio, and assets
- Refined gameplay experience
- Reintroduction of missing content cut from the original game
- Xbox, PS4, Controller Pro support
- HDR Rendering
Stephen Kick, CEO at Nightdive Studios explains the company’s approach to the remaster:
“Our goal with the remaster is to give today’s generation of gamers all the features that they expect from a modern title while preserving the qualities that made Valiant’s iconic character and the original Shadow Man game such memorable classics to begin with.”