In 2020, third-person shooter Shadows of the Damned was suddenly de-listed from the Microsoft Store. No official explanation has been given for why Shadows of the Damned was de-listed, but the game remained available to play through Xbox Game Pass thanks to the service's connection with EA Play. Unfortunately, Shadows of the Damned will soon be removed from EA Play as well, meaning gamers are running out of time to play it without having to pay for an expensive physical version online.
While an official reason for Shadows of the Damned being de-listed is not available, it's assumed that it has something to do with the publishing agreement between EA and developer Grasshopper Manufacture. It's possible that the publishing agreement between the two companies is coming to an end, and so publishing rights to the game may defer back to the developer. If that's the case, then fans may not have to wait all that long for Shadows of the Damned to return to digital storefronts, but to be on the safe side, they may want to check it out while they still can.
It's entirely possible that Shadows of the Damned will be re-released at some point down the line, but as it stands, all fans know is that Shadows of the Damned is being removed from Xbox Game Pass on February 16, and its future after that is uncertain. Physical copies of the game exist out in the wild, but they are increasing in price, and one has to imagine that the price will go up even higher after the game is removed from Xbox Game Pass.
For those unfamiliar with Shadows of the Damned, the core gameplay is heavily inspired by Resident Evil 4. The game utilizes and over-the-shoulder camera and third-person shooting that's pulled straight from the Capcom classic, but the controls have been tweaked to allow main character Garcia Hotspur to move and shoot at the same time. Basically, imagine Resident Evil 4 with better controls, and that is a mostly accurate description of Shadows of the Damned's combat.
Shadows of the Damned has some other things in common with Resident Evil 4 as well. For example, Shadows of the Damned has a character similar to Resident Evil 4's merchant. In this game, the merchant is a horrific demon with a southern accent named Charlie, and players have to pay him by shoving white gems into his mouth. Players can use Charlie to stock up on healing supplies and ammunition, as well as purchase red gems that are in turn used to upgrade Garcia's health and weapons.
Shadows of the Damned's similarities to Resident Evil 4 are no accident. The game was produced by Resident Evil 4 director Shinji Mikami. So anyone needing something to scratch that Resident Evil 4 itch while they wait for news on the leaked remake may want to give Shadows of the Damned a shot while they still can.
Shadows of the Damned may be similar to Resident Evil 4 in terms of its gameplay, but its plot, setting, and sense of humor make it a completely unique experience. Shadows of the Damned is the story of Garcia Hotspur, a demon hunter whose girlfriend Paula is kidnapped by an evil demon named Fleming and dragged to Hell. Garcia, armed with a talking gun named Johnson (who can also transform into a motorcycle and a torch), follows Paula into Hell to save her.
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