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Shadow Empire

A military-oriented and sci-fi wargame, set on procedural planets with customizable factions and endless choices.

Recent NEWS

Shadow Empire is part Civilization, part Crusader Kings 2 wrapped in a post apocalyptic war game - by Wargamer

May. 26, 2020 - Wargamer has written a nice preview article about Shadow Empire!

The Apocalypse is Nigh - Shadow Empire out on June, 4th

May. 13, 2020 - Grab your anti-rad suits and hunting rifle, as Shadow Empire will be out on June, 4th

Shadow Empire - Previews Videos Recap

Apr. 24, 2020 - A huge number of previews has been published so far, did you check them all?

Shadow Empire on Twitch - April 21st

Apr. 20, 2020 - Tortuga is back with Shadow Empire

Shadow Empire Twitch Preview - April 7th

Apr. 03, 2020 - Save the date. On April 7th Tortuga Power will preview Shadow Empire on our Twitch Channel

The Apocalypse and the Podcast - Shadow Empire Developer Interview

Mar. 31, 2020 - In this special interview episode, Single Malt Strategy gang sits down with the founder of VR…

Shadow Empire on the Single Malt Strategy Podcast - Interview Preview

Mar. 25, 2020 - Victor Reijkersz, the developer of Shadow Empire, sits down with the crew of Single Malt Strategy…

Five Town AAR - Part 4 - The Mystic Priest

Mar. 20, 2020 - Did you know that in Shadow Empire you can attach Mystic Priests to your troops to increase their…

Shadow Empire Developer Log #4 : Leaders and Factions

Mar. 12, 2020 - You are the supreme ruler. Picture yourself as an armchair general behind a desk. Or a man in the…

Shadow Empire Five Town AAR - Part 3 - Hidden Technology

Mar. 06, 2020 - The third part of the Five Town AAR.

Shadow Empire AAR - Part 2 - Mutants in the Attic

Feb. 26, 2020 - The second part of the FiveTown AAR

Shadow Empire AAR - Part I - A Megalopolis in Ruins

Feb. 24, 2020 - This is the first part of a very articulated AAR, in which you'll find a clear example of Shadow…

Shadow Empire Dev Diary #3 - Building an Economy

Feb. 07, 2020 - To supply your Armies of conquest, to produce Replacement Troops or to raise new Formations you’ll…

Shadow Empire Dev Diary #2 - Military Conquest

Jan. 20, 2020 - In the previous DevLog, we looked at how to generate a Planet and start a game. In this one, we’ll…

Shadow Empire Dev Diary #1 - Planet Generation

Dec. 20, 2019 - Shadow Empire is a game that has a lot of procedural content. And since you’ll be playing on a…

Shadow Empire Open Beta

Oct. 14, 2019 - Shadow Empire, the upcoming sci-fi wargame in developing by VR Design, has reached the Beta Phase

Shadow Empire is announced

Oct. 09, 2019 - Shadow Empire is the new ambitious project from VR Designs, the Developer Studio behind the renowned…


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Shadow Empire is an original mix of genres. It is an immersive and rather complex turn-based game with a unique mix of military wargame, 4X, procedural generation and role playing elements. It is the year 8200. It has been several hundred years since the Dissolution War destroyed humankind. You and your people are rising out of the ashes and rediscovering technology and the concept of civilization. 

Shadow Empire puts you in the seat of the supreme ruler of a small nation destined for greatness and reconquering a devastated Planet. You have Leaders to help you govern your Zones, administer your Organisations and lead your armies. You’ll also have Stratagems available that you can play on various targets. Can you make your people climb the ladder of civilization and technology once again? Can you conquer and reunite the planet?


It is in essence a game about military conquest, but you will also engage in diplomacy, budgets, organizational management, your economy, infrastructure, design and many more details. The game has a very procedural design that will ensure re-playability and experimentation. Not only are the Planets procedurally generated, also the equipment you are fighting with is. A separate system for discovery of Techs, Formation Types and Model Types and their research/development also ensures that you’ll have to work with different playing pieces each game.

The game universe is designed to evoke the feeling of being on another planet in some dark future, but at the same time to stay familiar. It is a game that does not deny it is a game, but it has a strong thematic focus on keeping things relatively realistic. For a strategy game there is a relatively strong roleplaying angle where you’ll need to keep your leaders happy in order for them to do their jobs well and not get any ideas of rebellion.


There is a lot of potential micro management to engage in and to offset this the game has Stratagems that allow sweeping actions by just clicking the ‘play stratagem’ button. This allows a mental break from the micro stuff, for helping the player get out of a fix and enforcing the thematics as well.

This game is one of the most ambitious games VR Designs ever made. It is a very rich experience and a truly unique game that is no cookie-cutter of something you have already seen before

Summary of the Features

  • Turn-based Strategy
  • Planetary Exploration and Conquest
  • Hardcore Military Simulation
  • Deep management of your Empire and Economy
  • Many Stratagems, Stories and Decisions combined with a roleplaying angle
  • A Sandbox and Procedural experience that invites to play the game as you want
©2020 Slitherine Ltd. and Matrix Games Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Shadow Empire, Slitherine Ltd, Matrix Games Ltd. and their Logos are all trademarks of Slitherine Ltd. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Developed by VR Designs. 

Store Info

Digital Download

Our Digital Download service sends you a download link to the master game file once your order is complete. You can use this link to download the game directly to your computer over the internet and start playing right away. The download is available to you for thirty days after your order. No shipping is involved and the game is immediately available for you once the order is complete.

Physical Shipment

When you select this option you can use our digital download option to get the game right away and start playing. Then have a boxed copy of the game shipped to you as a backup for permanent storage. With a backup, you'll be prepared for whatever comes your way-whether it's a system crash, a computer virus damaging your files or the software simply no longer functioning as it should. You will be billed to have the game shipped in a printed DVD box with a printed DVD and your serial number.

Gift Options

Anything you buy from our store can be gifted to a friend: just select the Gifting checkbox in the shopping cart, then provide an email address for the recipient for a digital order. For a physical order you will also need to supply a shipping address.

Important: all items in the shopping cart will be gifted to the same recipient. The recipient will receive an email with instructions, the serial number and how to register and download the game and redeem a Steam key if available.


Digital Express Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it) and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Standard Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed grayscale manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Collector's Edition: This edition comes with a full color printed box, full color printed DVD (with your order number and serial number printed on it), a Printed full color manual and a PDF E-Book indexed manual.
Collector's Edition Hardback: This edition comes with a full color printed hardback book as the manual, where the DVD is inserted in to the front cover with order number and serial number. Also includes a PDF E-Book indexed manual.