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Shadow Warrior 2 is 'not downgraded' on the PC

We are living in a Bizarro world: Shadow Warrior 2 is 'not downgraded', and that's music to my ears.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Tue, Oct 11 2016 12:01 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

With countless PC games getting downgraded because of their console counterparts not looking so good, and game developers not wanting to make the PC version stand out, we're getting more and more downgraded games. But not Shadow Warrior 2, coming from developer Flying Wild Hog.

Flying Wild Hog representative 'KriS' explained on the Steam forums about Shadow Warrior 2 not featuring downgraded graphics on the PC, but instead the team has added new graphical effects into the game since its showings at PAX East 2016 and Gamescom 2016. KriS said: "It's not downgraded. Actually, we added tons of new GFX features and content. For example, we have added volumetric fog and light shafts (from Pax East 2016), we added real-time reflections (from Quacon/Gamescom 2016), enabled real-time shadows for a lot of lights (from Quacon/Gamescom 2016)...".

Shadow Warrior 2 won't be a performance hog on the PC either, with KriS adding that a GeForce GTX 660 can hit around 40FPS on High settings. DRM was also discussed, with KriS stating that the studio doesn't like piracy, it didn't want to spend the money on DRM, while simultaneously making the game worse for legitimate customers.

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KriS added: "We don't support piracy, but currently there isn't a good way to stop it without hurting our customers. Denuvo means we would have to spend money for making a worse version for our legit customers. It's like this FBI warning screen on legit movies".

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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