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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:55pm 29/06/16 | 15 Comments
Being rebuilt from the ground up with redesigned levels, puzzles, and weapons Nightdive Studios' System Shock is more reboot than remaster. The Kickstarter campaign for the project has finally gone live, and already looks to be on track for success. And for those who want a taste of what's to come they're also offering up a free pre-alpha demo you can grab right now on Steam.

The demo, which is pretty short, is more proof of concept than anything else. It features a small section of The Citadel space station, a handful of weapons, a few enemies, and some simple navigational puzzles. Visually it certainly captures the look of the classic sci-fi game, and features some great lighting and atmospheric effects.

System Shock was one of the first 3D games that took a methodical approach to exploration while revealing a story driven narrative through audio logs and messages scattered throughout the game world. It was a revolutionary step forward for the medium in a time when developers first began experimenting with interactive story telling.

Players were trapped aboard Citadel Station as they fought to survive against the cyborgs and mutated crew members corrupted by a maniacal A.I. known as SHODAN, one of the most treacherous antagonists ever conceived. System Shock offered an unparalleled experience that would solidify it as one of the greatest games of all time.


The legacy of System Shock is worthy of this type of remake so we're happy that it looks on track to reach its $900,000 target. As Nightdive Studios has mostly been in the business of getting old games to work on modern hardware with minor visual improvements, a practice that it has become somewhat synonymous with, this marks the first large scale development project for the studio. And with a number of veteran developers, musicians, and artists already on board, they're not pulling any punches.



The demo is also available on GOG.com and the Humble Store





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HerbalLizard
Posted 06:38pm 29/6/16
shut up and take my money
d^
Posted 09:33am 30/6/16
This is for the original System Shock? I hope they remake #2 because that game is amazing.
Tremble
Posted 11:17am 30/6/16
I recently played though System Shock 2 again.
It holds up surprisingly well once you put on a HD texture pack and some other mods.
Khel
Posted 01:45pm 30/6/16
Over halfway there with 28 days to go, looks promising.

I haven't backed anything on Kickstarter for years, but the nostalgia is strong with System Shock for me, strong enough to maybe make me do something stupid and back at a way too expensive tier. So far I've managed to resist, but the odds of me resisting for another 28 days are slim :(

System Shock 1 was great and blew my mind when I played it, was actually one of the first games I got when I first got my own PC. I had a demo of it on a coverdisc I think from some magazine and it was so different to anything else at the time, was one of those games that felt like a real paradigm shift, like you pretty much had to build up new skills and new ways of thinking/playing to tackle it because nothing else had played like this before.

System Shock 2 though, thats one of my favourite games of all time. If this is successful and they follow it up with a System Shock 2 remake, I'll have to start selling organs to back at the $10,000 tier or something.
notgreazy
Posted 03:16pm 30/6/16
I posted in the other thread, this is ghey. I'd love to play this game because I remember folks raving about it for years. Happily buy the finished game but I won't be backing s*** from a company who's only been around for 4 years repacking old games for redistribution.
Khel
Posted 03:50pm 30/6/16
They seem to have some notable people on board with it though, I dunno if Warren Specter is actually working on it but hes supporting it anyway and it looks like they got Chris Avellone doing story for them (guy from Obsidian, worked on the original Fallouts and Black Isle games). I know I should be more wary and cynical of it, and when it comes to most Kickstarter things I usually am, but this one has crit my weak point for massive damage.
notgreazy
Posted 04:52pm 30/6/16
Warren Specter
Chris Avellone

That's like saying your cousins are the best plumber in the world will be building your house.

Kick starter is a joke, don't support this. Questions I always wonder about these f*****g things:

Who the f*** is doing the work? What are their experience?
How many are doing the work? Are you gonna hire more?
Evidence it's feasible?
Cost break down?
Timeline, milestones? Is 1.5 years enough?

I'm just bitter. I want 50k to do research on human disease and I have to provide a 15 page document on the plan with prelim data and even more pages on 5 different researchers and their experience, timeline breakdown, milestones and reporting and the chance of success if f*****g less than 10%. Kickstarter success rate is 40%! and these f*****s have raised 500k in less than 24 hours.
PornoPete
Posted 05:16pm 30/6/16
Have you tried getting funding for your research on kickstarter?
Khel
Posted 07:05pm 30/6/16
Yeah, all very valid questions, and usually I'd be right there doubting it too, but the nostalgia is just too strong for me this time, I can't be objective :(
d^
Posted 08:01pm 30/6/16
I dropped $170 on this. System Shock is a great franchise.
HerbalLizard
Posted 09:27pm 30/6/16
I'm just bitter. I want 50k to do research on human disease and I have to provide a 15 page document on the plan with prelim data and even more pages on 5 different researchers and their experience, timeline breakdown, milestones and reporting and the chance of success if f*****g less than 10%. Kickstarter success rate is 40%! and these f*****s have raised 500k in less than 24 hours.
I know your pain all too well
notgreazy
Posted 10:59am 01/7/16
I dropped $170 on this. System Shock is a great franchise.

You're a f*****g idiot.
Have you tried getting funding for your research on kickstarter?

A version of kickstarter exists for science:
https://experiment.com/
Engineering E. coli to Treat Wastewater and Generate Energy. Goal: $3,000

Jesus f*** me dead. This goal is struggling to get 3k and it has more detail than the systemshock kickstarter. THEY HAVE A BUDGET.
I know your pain all too well

:( + <3
paveway
Posted 12:59pm 01/7/16
would you like extra salt on your bowl of saltyness, mr mcsalty ?
d^
Posted 04:34pm 01/7/16
You're a f*****g idiot.


Thanks man I bought it specifically for your reaction.
Khel
Posted 04:50pm 01/7/16
Thats ok, its just lucky the $700 tier is all gone or I'd be tempted to pay that and get myself put in as an ingame crew member :p
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