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Shadow Empire is a deep turn-based 4X wargame with a unique blend of military focus, procedurally generated content and role-playing features.

Shadow Empire places you into the seat of the supreme ruler of a small nation. Destiny and greatness awaits if you succeed in reconquering a devastated planet. Plunge into an alien universe and explore another world in a dark and unforgiving future.

Take command and engage in great military conquests and delicate diplomacy. Control your nation’s budgets, recruit and manage governors and commanders, build your economy and infrastructure and much more.

Shadow Empire is one of the most ambitious games VR Designs has ever made. It is a rich experience and a truly unique game. One that is unlike any you have ever experienced before.

Make agonizing decisions in response to events occurring in your Nation, demands from your Leaders or from third parties such as cults and crime syndicates. You can also use your available Stratagems to create new opportunities and enhance your Nation. You will be able to optimize every aspect of your rule.

Recruit Leaders and appoint them to become zone governors, council directors, army commanders or advisors. Leaders can have over 40 different skills and can receive Leader feats to augment their statistics.

Install a parliament, senate or politburo in your nation and change the machinery of your government over the course of a game.

Engage with your neighbours on the diplomatic front: Minor regimes can be coerced to become vassals. Major regimes can be tied down with pacts and deals, ensuring a peaceful coexistence or you can use your spies to manipulate their politics and reveal their military forces.

Attempt to manage the expectations of your people and your leaders. There is a strong role-playing and human dynamics element to Shadow Empire. If you are not careful in their management, you may have to deal with discontent, strikes, corruption or even all out rebellion.

Shadow Empire has specialized procedural design that ensures high replayability and allows vast experimentation. It is not just the planets that are procedurally generated, your equipment, vehicles, leaders, location and more are variable.

Explore procedurally generated planets that follow the rules of Astrobiology. Including detailed climate, rainfall, deserts, snow, glaciers, lava streams, deep forests, alien evolutions, mountain chains, resources, rivers, biohazard levels, respiratory hazard levels and more.

Exploit the planet with a huge variety of mining operations: Water, metal, rare metals, oil and even radioactive materials. Prospecting is often necessary for discovering resources that could be mined and you‘ll need to scavenge through the ruins of fallen empires and discover rare artifacts from a lost age.

There is also a separate system for discovery of technology, formations and units. Your Research and development path is different every game and this ensures that the route to success is different every time, too.

Explore 150+ stratagems and deploy them as you see fit.

Stratagems are complete plans and series of actions that allow you to complete vast swathes of micromanagement tasks simply and easily. This system can also help you respond quickly to a crisis or unforeseen situation.

Discover and design 30+ different unit types such as light tanks, walkers, missile launchers and much more. Design your units to fit the needs of your army, choose their loadouts, balance speed and armor and create the exact land and air forces that your nation needs. Shadow Empire comes with over 100 different formation types, deploy Infantry regiments, Siege Battalions, Tank Divisions and so much more.

Fight battles with detailed combat resolution taking into account factors as readiness, morale, supply, experience, entrenchment, landscape, recon, rivers, weapon and armor technologies, concentric attacks, leader skills and posture stratagems.

Discover and research over 100 different fields of technology.
The game starts at a low level of technology as your nation drags itself out of the ruins of a galactic collapse, but at the end of the tech tree you’ll find knowledge that allows you to build exciting technologies such as ICBMs, laser guns, atomic missile launchers, walkers, shield-generators and more.

Manage a realistic supply chain that has real consequences, running out of ammo could mean that your military is unable to attack or defend itself. Running out of food could have even more dire implications.

Extend your logistical network capabilities by building roads or rails as well as constructing truck stations, maglev stations and supply base assets. Develop transport helicopters and cargo planes to set up Air Bridges to support Invasions or to drop supplies into isolated positions.

Oceania DLC - Beta Starting today, anyone can apply for the Beta for the first DLC of Shadow Empire: Oceania. The Oceania DLC will bring lots of great new features. As well as adding large vast oceans to explore and oceanic trading to the game. If you’re interested in taking part in the beta and give us some feedback, you can apply here. Once accepted into the beta, you will receive all the information you need to start testing and exploring Shadow Empire's new DLC. Oceania DLC - Description For...


After 2 years since the release, we are glad to announce the new DLC for Shadow Empire. During Home of Wargamers Vic, VR Design founder, announced that Oceania, the new DLC for Shadow Empire, is coming soon. It will bring new and great features to the game. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35978598/73edd7545dfc53acd0f817252cc4cc75ef6f6892.jpg If you want to watch again the interview click here here Description: For a long time the Planet Generation of Shadow Empire was limited to dry Planets and Planets with ...


Hi Everyone, The latest patch of Shadow Empire is avaialble now! Steam will/should auto update to the latest version. You may need to restart either client if it doesn't! Changelist for 1.11.00 -If AI has been collecting lower quality models after making replacements. This has been addressed and now its SHQ is going to directly deploy the unneeded ones (for repl.troops) in new units. -AI is now only replacing troops now with newer models if XP is at least 40 as the whole idea in the first place ...


Hi Everyone, Thank you to the community on our forums for your continued engagement with the game! Hope you all are enjoying the update. We hope too see you for the next one too ;)....... The Changelog for the current live version can be seen below: • Fixed bug with “New org” while all organizations where already present. • Fixed crash with MNGASSET tab in empire without any Zones left • Fixed crash during watching AI moves (Veldarr) (caused with a recent open beta) • Fixed UI issue (caused wit...


Shadow Empire v1.09 has now arrived, bringing with it many fixes and improvements. Vic has been listening intently to your feedback and this patch brings with it many community requested rule finetunings. Additionally, the manual has been fully updated to reflect all the changes and keep you informed and on top of your game. CUSTOMIZED FORMATION TYPES {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35978598/69d4c67cefa8b7bad8df46fb181aeaad7ed6877c.jpg You can now call your Staff Council Director to discuss customized Format...






  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.5 GHZ
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 8MB video memory, 1280x768 or higher resolution
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible 9 Sound Card





  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows Windows 8, Windows 10
  • Processor: 1.5 GHZ
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 8MB video memory, 1280x768 or higher resolution
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible 9 Sound Card


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