A fast Action RPG at its core, I Shall Remain combines role-playing elements with survival and strategic aspects, and creates a blend never before seen. Through complex, real-time character progression and RPG system, over a hundred abilities to learn and shape your experience, dozens of weapons and enhancers, thousands of Infected, over...
User reviews: Very Positive (55 reviews)
Release Date: May 9, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I Shall Remain Early Access focuses on obtaining valuable game related feedback on features and implementation, at the same time allowing us to move faster with the product development. We are confident we will provide a better and more engaging experience with the help of the community and that the game will improve it in ways we would not expect to do so otherwise.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game will be in Early Access for about a year, the plan to release in June/July 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of the game will have all the content in (25+ hours of game-play for a straight play-through, a lot more for the adventurous player) and all promised features. Also, depending on the feedback, we will add any of the features the community suggests as long as it improves the overall game experience.

Here there are details about planned content and ETA

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current state of the game is stable Alpha and very playable. There's around 25+ hrs of game time for a first play-through but since the game already supports partly randomized loot and multiple levels of difficulty, one can play it for longer. There's also the Survive! the night game type which can be played for a few good hours as well and allow people to fast track through the RPG system and Infected types.

The current version contains all features specified in the game description. We might not be using all to the full extent in the currently developed content but they are there nevertheless, testing and improving alongside all other game aspects.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“It's possible that the final version will have a higher price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are all ears to the community feedback on forums and emails, we are considering everything they have to say (already few of the features we are working on is feedback community members suggested or agreed as being helpful) about the current game content/features.”
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"Atmospheric Survival Action RPG in an alternative end of WW2 scenario. Fight and loot various enemies, scavenge ruins, gather a team - very good game!"

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July 24

I Shall Remain Hot Fix

A new Hotfix ( is here. More player animations are in (for Story mode only yet, weapon reload, idle/walking /running with each weapon) and a bunch of crashes were fixed. Adjustments made in many maps and z-fighting issues removed from the new building bases.

This Hotfix resets options as well, so everyone who changed the default should go ahead and adjust them once more.

Thanks everybody for playing!

- Fixed the Andrea's discussion after we found the ****
- Change unique chainsaw name to The Obituary.
- Fixed particle systems that caused exceptions in debug mode
- Adjustments to how we are storing fire fx on rag-dolls (prone to issues and possible crashes)
- Beth-Israel map map adjusted for a possible crash
- Fixed wrong base buildings throughout
- When we press space we cannot talk to controlled teammates anymore (we can only start a discussion with them from within their UI)
- Fixed the way the machine gun sound has been activated
- Wrong physics material setup for Holland Train Station for the ground shape
- Fixed 'enemy trying to ram from behind fences'
- Reload weapon animation added for player (per weapon type)
- The weapon starts shooting automatically after reloading if the shooting buttons are pressed already
- Fixed reload issue with second controller
- Idle animations per weapon type, added for the player
- Adjusted Sally dialog text conditions
- Decreased the pathfinder step for straight directions for zombies (should minimize zombies getting stuck)
- Fix "reload time is reduced with each use when bonuses exists" issue.
- One basic infected won't use the rag-doll anymore (there's a crash related to that rag-doll it seems)
- Walk/run animations per weapon type for main character are in
- Sub-machine gun reload sound adjusted
- Added sound noise reduction to flamethrower
- Fixed not having Andrea cycle in revive animation after a revive action
- Adjustments for z fighting buildings
- Infected growl happening percentage decreased by 30%
- Adjusted Staten Island, removed reinforced building versions (couldn't use a base for them)
- Fixed for weapon sounds (or sounds of any kind) which gone mute after a while
- All discussions adjusted to have good titles in Journal
- Adjusted loading and game over screens with proper translation
- Fixed not starting Kramer quick event
- Fixed small spawner issue in Staten Island
- Adjust CJ's name in discussions to be used to get the right icon.
- Fixes to have the prologue work correctly with the new player animations (the animations are not yet showing in prologue, will be in the next update)
- Fatigue note text was too big, shorten it
- Adjusted the title of final storyboards.
- Changed bld_fire_exit meshes
- Fixed brick fence stretching textures
- Changed some fire exit positions in starting story map
- support to override full-screen default by parameter in the ini file (should allow people to overcome the issue with wrong desktop resolution report)

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July 17

I Shall Remain Hot Fix

A new hotfix ( is here. We are adding visible unarmed weapons, redefine-able primary fire support and a lot of fixes. But maybe most importantly, all story teammates are hire-able in Survive game mode for the players to take them in their party. They all have the same characteristics they have in the story.

This hotfix resets the control custom assignments so anyone who redefined the controls should do it again (sorry for that but it was needed to have redefine-able fire support).

Thanks everybody for playing!

- Adjusted flashlight appearance a bit (using a 3rd cone makes it hard to fight melee at night)
- Restored a part of AI logic which made the teammates that weren't controlled by you shoot correctly
- Some missing sounds related to teammates were fixed (the game crashed during combat because of that)
- Small change to the tips window
- Wire fences not correctly used in Holland Tunnel's first map
- Added additional protection to the boundaries of units secondary attributes
- Adjusted Staten island from hnom reports
- Newlyborn bosses named newborn
- Adjusted Civilian, Policeman and Agent perks.
- Adjusted Delia's Persistence and James Cagney doctrines.
- Adjusted Massacre and Lumberjack doctrines.
- Created Katar, Claw and Bracer meshes (Bracer MUST be attached to bone "forearm" or we can't use it). When we equip the weapons we can see them now.
- Changed standard game mode icon so the character won't look like Kratos
- Unarmed weapons meshes added (for both teammates and main char)
- Fixed the issue with the minimap fog of war remaining undiscovered if when you enter a new map you start running/walking as soon as possible (it wouldn't start to discover until you stopped once which wasn't OK)
- Fixed reset player position when dying (this has been broken for a while now and would have allowed people continue the game from the place where they died instead of the end game choice)
- When we die in Survive mode we always continue from the map center now
- All teammates are hire-able in the Survive game mode now (from the NPCs building). You can play with any of them (including Pajota)
- Adjusted the infected level in survive mode based on squad size and levels
- Adjusted teammates commands UI controls position and size.
- Infected melee animations sync with attack time (when the animation shows it should hit you that's when you get damage)
- Safe scene should reset correctly now when we start a new game (it was broken, you could restart from your latest safe you were in a previous game)
- Survive NPC house adjusted so there's room for all teammates
- Fixed some issue with teammates UI when dismiss teammates.
- Fixed "teammates will not be taken into consideration in survival game mode if they are not in your team" issue
- Fixed shooting while reviving (we won't be able to do that anymore)
- Enable Fire button in key config window.
- Survive map Fog of war shown by default (similar to safe maps in story mode)
- Teammate spawners moved in the center of the map to get teammates created when the game starts (so there's no hiccup when we approach the teammate building)
- Support for redefining fire and secondary fire actions added (keyboard or mouse)
- Adjusted "Of bullets and men" doctrine
- Building foundations added to all buildings (when we are behind a building, the building is made transparent but its foundation doesn't)
- Fixed an issue with auto-equip button and teammates.
- Reduced snipe rifle range.
- Updated minimap for survival to take into account the new teammate buildings
- Base buildings only stay hidden until we show them once, then they will be shown at all times (because there is a delay from when we hide the building to showing the base and it looks bad if we do this each time we hide the building). Will see if we can improve this but should be fine
- Fixed zombies not attacking non-controlled teammates in survival mode
- Adjusted Holland Train Yard map, hopefully will fix the issue with the crash that sometimes happens in this map
- Allow to assign LMB and RMB to game actions' (they were excluded to be re-definable until now)

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Welcome to I Shall Remain!

First of all, thank you for showing interest in I Shall Remain. Don't hesitate to get involved and support the development if the game sparks your interest. Moreover, by choosing to support I Shall Remain in Early Access, you give us the chance to make it the game you want it to be.

Thank you and welcome to I Shall Remain!

I Shall Remain - Complete Soundtrack

Because of the appreciation our game soundtrack has been receiving, we decided to make it public. Enjoy!

About This Game

A fast Action RPG at its core, I Shall Remain combines role-playing elements with survival and strategic aspects, and creates a blend never before seen. Through complex, real-time character progression and RPG system, over a hundred abilities to learn and shape your experience, dozens of weapons and enhancers, thousands of Infected, over twenty mutations, tens of NPCs and teammates, within a twenty hour long story campaign, ISR offers plenty for everybody.

I Shall Remain is a Post Apocalyptic Action Role-Playing game with survival aspects. Set in an alternate history at the end of the Second World War, when Nazis managed to release a deadly virus over US territory, the game tells the story of two brothers and their intricate relation with the apocalyptic world that emerges in the wake of the disastrous Z0M81 pandemic.

Discover the truth about the infection and decide the future of the human race. Experience the story-driven, immersive gameplay enhanced by a dynamic real-time day-night system and the mood affecting weather system. You get to share your journey with as many as 7 other AI controlled teammates, each with their own story to tell, encounter multiple NPCs, traders and trainers and thousands Infected that you'll have to battle using over 30 weapons, from baseball bats to automatic machine guns and flame throwers and, from time to time, even tanks.

Weapons - The weapons in I Shall Remain are grouped in categories. We have melee weapons (knives, baseball bats, planks, crowbars), small weapons (pistols, submachie guns), rifles (shotguns, different kinds of rifles) and heavy ones (heavy machine guns, flamethrower, bazooka). The total number of weapons is over 30 with each weapon having at least 4 levels of configuration each level giving you different effects the weapon can have over the enemies and yourself when used or equipped. Ammo can as well be imbued with serum for additional damage.

Throwables - Aside weapons the player can throw grenades and plant mines for infected to step on and explode.

Pickables and explosives - The player can also pickup certain objects like barrels, crates and even other NPCs to carry and help. Some of the objects while not necessarily pick-able (some barrels are both packable and explosive) can be shot and they will explode allowing you to kill lots of infected without using resources. while others can be used to barricade yourself in small confined spaces.

Controllables - From time to time the game offers the player the possibility to enter tanks or other vehicles and use their weapons to defend himself or a larger area. Is up to the player to decide whether to use them or not and for how long.

Buildings - Many unique buildings throughout the city to explore, each you can use differently, find cover in or loot. There's a level of risk associated with entering an unknown building as well so you should be careful when doing so.

Character progression - In I Shall Remain the player gains experience as a result of taking actions. Each action in game, whether is shooting a monster, repairing a weapon or simply running will award the player with experience points in attributes and skills. The way you play the game will define what kind of character you are.

Doctrines - In I Shall Remain doctrines enable your character to improve your attributes and skills or give you new abilities. Each doctrine could be upgraded each upgrade increasing doctrine’s effects or even add new ones. Currently there are up to 128 doctrines in the game.

Economy - Serum is the center pylon of the game economy system and the exchange currency. Within the game there are various traders that you can interact with by selling or buying items such as weapons, doctrines, medical kits, water, ammunition, scraps, ammo and lantern batteries. Certain traders will also offer you special kind of services (buy ammo, increase your skills level or advance skill ranks).

Quests - Like mostly everything in I Shall Remain, quests tend to resemble real-life scenarios thus everything is in to serve the purpose of the world and the story. That being said, most quests in I Shall Remain are story related but perhaps as much as 50% don’t relate to the main story branch. That's why, defining detailed side quests and stories became an important tool for us to allow the player to immerse himself into the game world and make it more believable.

Dialogs - The Discussion/dialog system in I Shall Remain is fully dependent on your choice thus drastically shaping the way your experience develops. Whole side story branches might never be touched if the player chooses not to.

Infection - The Virus is actually the main villain in the game. Everything happens because of it and you will have to deal with it on a daily basis. You cannot cure it but you can always reduce it so it won’t affect your skills and your character performance. For that not to happen though, you will always need to have a steady flow of Serum.

Tiredness - Tiredness determines how much fatigue your character gathered, increased levels of tiredness affecting your health and stamina regeneration rate as well as your chances of aiming correctly. Make sure you always take time to regularly rest inside a building out of any outside influence the weather being the main factor for it.

Scavenging - Throughout the game there are hundreds of places you can scavenge for resources, you just have to find those places and take the time to actually run the scavenge operation.

Repairing - Every weapon in the game has a wearing off factor which determines how much you can actually use it until it breaks. There’s multiple ways of repairing your weapon, from doing it yourself using scraps or breaking other weapons to having a teammate do it for you or just get it to an NPC somewhere in the city to repair it.

Teaming up - There are as many as 7 special Teammates you can take with you in your journey. Playing alone is always fun and rewarding but playing with teammates will give you a different experience altogether. Manage them, give them weapons, increase their stats and choose their path. Is all up to you on what kind of team you will lead.

Senses - There's a certain threshold under which each infected type will not sense you. Walking will make you silent, using melee weapons instead of shooting ones will do it as well.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Intel one core 2.4 Ghz or similar
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 8600 or similar AMD card with support for 2.x shader profile (old Intel integrated cards may not work)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any sound card with 3D support
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel two cores, 3.2 Ghz or similar
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia 9600 or similar AMD card with support for 3.0 shader profile (old Intel integrated cards may not work)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: any sound card with 3D support
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Early Access Review

The sole reason I bought into this Early Access project was that I liked the premise of an ARPG with firearms.
One that preferably wouldn't turn into a pure bullet-hell late game, but took a more serious, even tactical approach.

Playtesting it, I was thoroughly surprised as to how well made it already was.
"I Shall Remain" offers a well thought-out experience even in its current state, you can feel from the very first minute that this is Scorpius' most ambitious project up to now and that a lot of work and love have already been invested.

The RPG-mechanics are by FAR surpassing what I had anticipated or would even have asked for, honestly.

ISR makes use of an Engine built in-house by the devs, seemingly built with the top-down perspective as a focus.
Nice to see some craftsmanship instead of Unity for a change, especially when it performs and looks very well.

Of course there are a few rough edges (mainly animations IMHO), but the devs are very open minded and already aware of what needs to be done. The biggest issues that have been brought up are already being adressed, THAT is how Early Access should work.

All in all, I am very much looking forward to the release and hope that ISR and respectively Scorpius Games get the attention they deserve.
My gut tells me they're going to finish this game 100%, no questions - and then probably pack another 15-20% on top of that, just because they're
1) awesome
2) convinced of their vision
3) capable of pulling it off

So, if you came here looking for the game that would've been the outcome of "Diablo" and "Commandos" making a baby while "Hellgate London" was spying creepily through the keyhole, this is as close as you'll ever get to that!

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Early Access Review
A cross between a survival action game and rpg, I Shall Remain is full of "wtf" moments and pure joy and bliss at killing and discovering things. With a deep level progression system in place and a full repertoire of guns and items to use this game SCREAMS "PLAY ME"!! Loudly. It is one of the few EA games I fully back and support and enjoy immensely. IF you're on the fence about this, don't be. It is more fully realized and fleshed out than the other 95% of games in EA. Easily worth your hard earned cash so far.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Early Access Review
Worth it..
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Early Access Review
As I got through the game enough, it's time for a review!
"Do you recommend this game?" What is this? Of course I would recommend this game even if it's an early access game.
It has zombies and it has progressive leveling; no shooting with a pistol and increase rifle skill when you level up, post-apocalyptic scenario, but these are personal favorites so here are more reasons:
- Great atmosphere which can be modified with the sepia tone option. One of the few games that can make me live in the skin of my character!
- Lovely complexity when it comes to game mechanics.
- You can kill zombies with weapons ranging from bare fist to sniper rifles.
- You can rush in zombies at lower difficulty levels, but also requires some micro management when it comes to harder settings.
- Doctrines as bonuses to your combat abilities, but these aren't free.
- You can play solo or grab yourself some team mates; it's totally up to you.
- Intriguing story! Really makes me read all the dialogue lines. :D
- Incredible music offered for free to the community not via a DLC as fashion dictates.
- Not a fan of AAA games so graphics aren't that important, but this one has a plus when it comes to it!
- Constant updates with extra story and a lot of bug fixes.
- Development team is active and answers any question so you won't feel alone in the field.

With all this said, I would give this game a 9/10 as there's a lot of work and balancing to be done, but I'm sure all of these issues will be fixed in due time.
Keep up the good work, guys!

This is for now, but will update this review when needed!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Early Access Review
It's a fun and addictive game. Looting and leveling up feels rewarding. The gameplay is good and I like the WW2 zombie setting.

Pro-tip: Mute the in-game music and listen to the Fallout 1 + 2 soundtrack while playing this game. Fits really well :)
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