When I talked with Chair Entertainment's Donald Mustard the other day about Infinity Blade I couldn't let the opportunity to talk a bit of Shadow Complex slip past me. If you don't know, Shadow Complex is a brilliant Metroidvania-style action title that I still consider to be one of my favorite games ever. How could I resist asking Mustard if Shadow Complex could ever be released the iPad? I want it everywhere at anytime.

I told Mustard before I even fired off the query to be prepared to hear something stupid. Shadow Complex is in no way a touch screen type of game. In fact, I can't think of a single way the game could be ported to iOS and end up playing as well as it does on Xbox Live Arcade. I think I caught him a bit off guard with my steamy, hot fanboy desire. He ended up asking me initially in response, "What do you think? How do you think Shadow Complex would control on the iPad?"

I replied, "I don't know! I just want to hear you say it," I exclaimed. We both laughed and then Mustard shared his thoughts on the matter.

Yeah, I mean, for me, I don't know," Mustard said. "I think for Shadow Complex to show up on a touch device would mean we'd have to figure out a way for it to control really, really tight and really, really awesome. I'm not saying that can't be done. In my few minutes of thinking about it I'm kind of like, 'well, I don't know. We'd have to compromise a lot of the tightness that came with the control scheme of Shadow Complex.'

As Mustard said, Shadow Complex for the iPad could happen. But for it to be a reality, Chair would have to feel comfortable with the way the controls translated to the device. It would have to feel perfect, just like the XBLA version does.

For me -- that's what it comes down to, if it can't be amazing, then I don't want to do it. I don't want to shoehorn controls in. I don't want to force it. Again, I'm not saying that it can't be done, but we'd have to come up with a way that it would still feel like Shadow Complex and still feel that tight. To me, one of the things that really made Shadow Complex feel good was that the controls were extremely responsive and worked. I'd have to be able to pull off a triple jump while shooting a foam gun while turning on my friction dampener to turn on so I could run across ceilings all with the touch pad. I dunno. We'll see. If anyone out there has a brilliant idea on how to make it control great, let us know!

Infinity Blade is Chair's first game since Shadow Complex. I tend to think sequel whenever a game hits with as much acclaim and sells as well as Shadow Complex did, so with this in mind, I asked if IB was the game Chair wanted to make following Shadow Complex. In short, yeah, it was.

This is the game I… when someone came to me and said, 'we would really like you to make a game for iOS devices and we'll have four months to do it…' What would you do? This is the game I would make. Absolutely. Given those constraints and that opportunity, yeah, we think this game is awesome for that.

But will Chair stick with the iPhone after the release of IB? We'll see. Mustard and Chair are committed to making strong games on every platform.

For us, we just want to make awesome games. We want to make games people like to play, that entertain people and make them happy. I'm pretty device agnostic. To me, every console there's opportunities to do really unique, cool stuff. We will continue to make games for every device and console that makes sense to make games for.

Infinity Blade, which is an actual iOS game created by Chair Entertainment releases this holiday on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPad.

  • tsharpfilm

    "Infinity Blade, which is an actual iOS game created by Chair Entertainment releases this holiday on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPad."

    Damn... So they scraped the iPod touch version... :(

    • Adams Immersive

      Unlikely. I expect it will come to newer iPods too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

      Considering the 3GS version will be identical to the 3rd Gen Touch version, there's no reason it won't be iPod Touch Compatible. Same goes for iPhone 4 and 4th Gen Touch.

      • tsharpfilm

        One would think that would be the case... Google just released the official Google Voice app and it only works on iPhones. And EA has released 2 games, Reckless Racing and FIFA 11, and neither have retina support for the 4th gen iPod touch.

      • tsharpfilm

        One would think that would be the case... Google just released the official Google Voice app and it only works on iPhones. And EA has released 2 games, Reckless Racing and FIFA 11, and neither have retina support for the 4th gen iPod touch.

      • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

        Not having retina support is not the same as not working on a Touch. I'm going to assume it was a simple oversight, as the IB article it references states iPod Touch.

      • tsharpfilm

        But that article was written 24 hours ago. A lot could have changed since then. :P But seriously. I'm just a little tired of the device I spent $250 on getting "overlooked" in articles and product descriptions. It happens far too often.

      • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

        LOL! Very true, and touche. :P

        Honestly, when I look for apps I really don't look for whether it mentions my ipod. I used to with my old 2G, but not my 4G. I've yet to get an app that I wanted which wouldn't run on my touch if it says it's for the iphone-this is even true for some of the photo/wideo stuff I've downloaded. Still, no one likes to feel like the red headed step child.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ruddock/654075778 Ben Ruddock

      Also it's "scrapped", I'm not sure how you'd go about scraping software. :P

      • tsharpfilm

        I know, I saw that mistake after I hit reply. Lol. Too bad these posts don't have edit buttons.

      • tsharpfilm

        I know, I saw that mistake after I hit reply. Lol. Too bad these posts don't have edit buttons.

    • Assassin

      Iphone and ipod touch , what is the different ? , if iphone can run it , ipod can (3 gen and 4)

    • afterlife

      Oh c'mon, Why are there so many users who would like all the information to be specific!? all of the APPS and GAMES(as long as you have the required idevice) that work on iphone will work on ipod touch EXCEPT for those apps who uses GPS,3G connection, and cellular signal..

  • Colbertj

    Perhaps it's just me, but the controls for SC on XBLA is far from perfect!

    • poesmij

      yes its you, the controls are perfect on xbla!
      loved that game!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah the controls are awesome, also I could have sworn they'd signed an exclusivity deal, along with the Trials HD devs. That summer was all about pushing big games onto XBLA and giving none away.

  • toroblue1

    Why not have the game on the ipad, and use an iphone/ipod touch as a controller, just like the game chopper 2?

    • Skavinger

      Good idea!

  • Truckdriver

    Just a quick question but do Chair/Epic own the rights and name of Shadow Complex?

    To be honest, I loved that game and got pretty disappointed when I heard that they would make an iOS game next instead of a sequel to Shadow Complex. Sure, Infinity Blade looks awesome for what it is, but I hope some work is being made on a Shadow Complex 2.

  • E_Domina

    that would be pretty cool on iphone too

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22JBRF3GCEDVJYTJDFLG7PP7CE AndrewK

    Whoever thinks Shadow Complex would be a good idea for iOS, never played Shadow Complex.

  • ph0lly

    Exactly, until there is a better control mechanism for the iPhone games like this won't be as good as they could be. I do wish there was a PC version though :D