Shadow Complex Remastered

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Shadow Complex Remastered
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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]
Shadow Complex Remastered at Wikipedia

Key points

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 game page
Steam Community Discussions
Official forum


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)
Linux (Proton) <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>
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/385560/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[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
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
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[3]
  1. Edit %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\EmpireEngine.ini
  2. 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 with no in-game way to modify it.
Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
  2. Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini
  3. Change MaxAnisotropy= to a number between 0-32 (higher numbers equal more filtering).

Disable Motion Blur[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[4]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
  2. Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini
  3. Change MotionBlur=True to MotionBlur=False
  4. Change MotionBlurPause=True to MotionBlurPause=False
  5. Change MotionBlurSkinning=1 to MotionBlurSkinning=0

Disable ambient occlusion[edit]

Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
  2. Edit EmpireSystemSettings.ini
  3. Change AmbientOcclusion=true to AmbientOcclusion=false

High frame rate[edit]

Change frame rate smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Shadow Complex\EmpireGame\Config\
  2. Edit EmpireEngine.ini
  3. Search and change bSmoothFrameRate to FALSE or raise MaxSmoothedFrameRate value.
  4. Save file and make it "read only".
For more information, see the Unreal Engine 3 page.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

Skip launcher[edit]

Achievements, Cloud Saving and Leaderboards will be disabled.
Some modified settings such as alternative key remappings and anti-aliasing always revert to default upon launch with this fix.[5]
  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


  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. Shadow Complex Remastered | WSGF
  4. Verified by User:AmethystViper on September 19, 2016
    Has disabled Motion Blur without the game crashing on start-up by using these settings.
  5. Verified by User:AmethystViper on December 21, 2018
    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. Any help to fix this problem would be appreciated with workaround.
  6. Kopert comments on [Configuration] GUIDE: Shadow Complex Remastered