How one anonymous modder revived Infinity Blade

By William Davis

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Apr 5, 2024

Reading time: 3 min

In gaming, the term ‘modder’ refers to a player or hobbyist who builds or tweaks games, software, or equipment to create their own version. 

Here is a closer look at a story that is currently making the rounds about how one anonymous modder recently brought one of the most popular mobile games, Infinity Blade, to PC over five years after it was taken off the App Store. 

What is Infinity Blade?

Infinity Blade was the first instalment in a series of fighting/action role-playing games (RPGs), originally released on the iOS platform and made available for purchase on Apple’s App Store in December 2010. 

The single/multiplayer video game was developed by Chair Entertainment and Epic Games and boasted of being the first video game to run on the ground-breaking Unreal Engine. 

The game that Donald Mustard designed was an instant hit with players, and it received positive feedback and reviews from almost everyone who played. It also still ranks highly on today’s most globally renowned gaming review sites.

It was nominated for some of the gaming industry’s most prestigious awards, including the Interactive Achievement Award for Portable Game of the Year and the VGX Award for Best Handheld/Mobile Game awards. 

The aim of this game is to fight in a series of one-on-one battles,  all of which are set in a derelict castle, where players eventually must face the Immortal God King. 

Upon release, it was the fastest-grossing app in the history of the iOS gaming platforms. It generated an incredible $23 million by the end of 2011 – a whopping $1.6 million of which was generated in the first four days of arriving on the App Store.  

It was removed from the App Store in 2018 because it was too difficult to maintain updates for the hardware of the time. In other words, you could only carry on playing by keeping your old phone. 

How did the anonymous modder revive Infinity Blade?

Anonymity is a big part of today’s gaming and iGaming industries for various reasons. 

Take the guide made by nokyc.com, for example, which has a list of iGaming sites where each site lets you open an account without having to prove who you say you are to play their games. These sites are now extremely popular with players who wish to remain anonymous. 

In February 2024, an anonymous gamer ‘modded’ (i.e., used their skills to modify/tweak) Infinity Blade so that you can enjoy playing again today without having to use your old phone!

Modern gamers can play Infinity Blade today on their PC thanks to some clever modding. The most recent update added Proton compatibility, meaning you can now play it on the Steam Deck handheld gaming device, too. 

The clever modder also introduced support for keybinds and hotkeys and added dynamic shadows. Although the modder wishes to remain anonymous, they stated that they undertook the project for “the sake of lost media preservation.”

Companies like Nightdive Studios and GOG are also looking to do something similar with certain older mobile games that are no longer available, games that were released long before the modern digital ecosystem even existed. 

What other tweaks did the modder make to Infinity Blade?

The modder made several (over 20) tweaks to Infinity Blade for the modern digital realm, some of which included the following:

  • Console commands are now available 
  • The new PC version comes with a separate SFX slider
  • Most UI elements are now displayed in HD
  • Changes were made to the UnrealScript to prevent triggering abilities (e.g., Magic and Super) at times when the character isn’t supposed to outside of combat
  • Camera actors aren’t now restricted to a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • All weapon UI icons have been AI upscaled, taking it to 512×512 from 256×256
  • Visual fixes were applied to tutorial dialogue popups
  • Godrays have been added to outside scenes
  • Music tracks no longer override each other because tweaks were made to how the game handles music 
  • The in-app purchase system has been taken out
  • Ealoseum’s dialogue is no longer interrupted
  • Dynamic shadows are available in the new PC version

Final note

These are just some of the most notable mods that were made. If you enjoyed playing the original game on your mobile device and are looking for a nostalgic gaming experience from your PC, don’t forget to check out this exciting new version that has brought the game back to life in more ways than one.