Retro-Style Shadowgate Sequel Beyond Shadowgate Announced

After over 30 years, retro dungeon-crawling classic Shadowgate is finally getting an official sequel in the form of Beyond Shadowgate.

Published: January 23, 2023 4:57 AM /


A fantasy-style book bearing the title "Beyond Shadowgate"

After more than 30 years, classic dungeon-crawler Shadowgate is finally getting a sequel. Beyond Shadowgate is a retro-style dungeon crawler with "modern conveniences", and it's getting a Kickstarter campaign next month, so you'll get the chance to support the game if you want to see it come to fruition.

News of the Shadowgate sequel was announced via creator Zojoi's YouTube channel, with Shadowgate co-creator Dave Marsh appearing in the video to tell fans what they can expect from the game. Beyond Shadowgate will be significantly larger than the original game, but its art style and gameplay are deliberately old-school to evoke the Shadowgate you know and love. You can check out Zojoi's announcement trailer right here.

According to Marsh, Beyond Shadowgate is "four times larger" than the original, with more than 180 rooms to explore and over 100 puzzles to solve. It'll have three endings to unlock, as well as more than 180 different types of death to see (eat your heart out, Callisto Protocol). There will even be a minigame of some kind to play, although we're not sure what form it'll take yet.

The "modern conveniences" Marsh talks about appear to include a quick travel system to let you move around Beyond Shadowgate's world faster, as well as a hint system if you get stuck. If you've ever played the original Shadowgate and felt like it was too difficult, it sounds like Beyond Shadowgate should be a little more accessible for you.

Marsh describes the Kickstarter campaign as "small", giving players the chance to experience the first 18 rooms of the game if they support the campaign. There will also be "swag" up for grabs, including special NES-style Beyond Shadowgate cartridges, a cloth map, and a coin for collectors. 

You can check out the Beyond Shadowgate Kickstarter right here. It officially opens on February 18th. Beyond Shadowgate is due to arrive on PC via Steam "soon", according to the trailer, so make sure to stay tuned to TechRaptor for more news on this exciting retro sequel.

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