Acclaimed XBLA platformer Shadow Complex will get a sequel, developer Chair Entertainment has pledged.

The Epic off-shoot's creative director Donald Mustard wouldn't offer any specific details about what it has planned for the next installment, but promised it would be returning to the franchise.

"I'll put it this way. More Shadow Complex isn't a question of if, it's a question of when. Shadow Complex is our baby and we love it dearly and, y'know, we're working on some cool stuff [in general]. That's all I can say."

Mustard went on to explain that he's not tempted to try and match Chair's recent iOS success with Infinity Blade and put the follow-up on the iPhone.

"I still cannot think of a way that we'd be able to bring over the precision controls [to touchscreen devices] that Shadow Complex needs to be amazing," he said.

"If you or any of your readers have some amazing control scheme idea that would work on a touch screen, let me know.

"Shadow Complex is designed for a controller. I'm not a fan of trying to shoehorn console controls onto touch screens. They don't feel right. You just lose so much precision."

The original Shadow Complex arrived on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2009 and thoroughly awesome it was too.

"It's a game that will delight gamers old enough to recognise the classics it celebrates, while captivating those oblivious to its inspirations," wrote Eurogamer's Simon Parkin in his glowing 9/10 endorsement.

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