Valiant contains some of my favorite comic book characters. Unfortunately I can’t say that Shadown Man is one of them. It just happened that when I jumped on to Valiant Books, Shadow Man wasn’t one of the characters they were pushing. The classic Valiant character has been featured in many stories throughout the years. What I did not know is that he was also featured in a video game.
Back in 1999, Acclaim Entertainment released Shadow Man. It was for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast and PC. The plot followed a young man named Michael LeRoi. He was chosen as the new Shadow Man, who uses his powers to travel between the worlds of the Liveside and the Deadside to take down the villain Legion.
Back in 2002 a sequel was released for Playstation 2 titled Shadow Man 2: 2econd Coming. Then in 2014 Nightdive remastered Shadow Man for PC. There must be a market for this title as it was announced this week by Valiant Entertainment and Nightdive Studios that Shadow Man is getting an overhaul once again.
“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,” said Dan Mintz, Chairman and CEO of Valiant Entertainment. “Using this platform allows the Valiant fans to experience and explore the universe creatively.”
These are some of the features that Shadowman is going to feature:
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
Stephen Kick, CEO at Nightdive Studios explained: “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.”
According to the press release Shadowman is being updated with Nightdive’s proprietary KEX engine. This has been used to restore other classic video games across all digital platforms. Some of the titles include System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood: Fresh Supply, and Forsaken Remastered.
For now there is no release date for the game. In the meantime you can enjoy Shadow Man in a brand new comoc book series in May. It is written by one of the best horror writers in comics Cullen Bunn with artwork by Jon Davis-Hunt. With a lot of us including me being stuck at home I will try and dedicate some time to catching up on some Shadow Man along with some other Valiant titles.
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Source: Valiant Entertainment