Remember last August when Nightdive Studios said the 1999 Acclaim classic Shadow Man for Nintendo 64 and multiple other platforms had a chance of resurfacing on the Switch? Well, dreams – or should we say nightmares – do come true. Nightdive Studios, in partnership with Valiant Entertainment, will be bringing a "fully remastered" edition of Shadow Man to Nintendo Switch and all other modern platforms in 2021.
According to Nightdive's CEO Stephen Kick, the goal is to give today's generation of gamers "all the features that they expect from a modern title" while preserving qualities that made Valiant's iconic character and original Shadow Man game so memorable in the first place.
The title is being updated using Nightdive's proprietary KEX engine, which has previously been used to restore games like System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood: Fresh Supply, and Forsaken Remastered.
The remaster will also include "reintroduction of missing content cut from the original game", refined gameplay, art, audio and assets, pro controller support, higher density particle effects, antialiasing and other post-process effects, dynamic shadow mapping, and dynamic per-pixel lighting.
For anyone who hasn't played this title before, it's a third-person action-adventure game where you travel between the Liveside and the Deadside (the place where lost souls spend an eternity in torment) as the brave and powerful supernatural hero Shadow Man. His job is to stop a marauding band of villains from unleashing unspeakable horrors upon the world.
Have you been waiting as long as we have to return to the Deadside? Tell us in the comments.