Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:22am 15/12/21 | 0 Comments
Over the past number of years Nightdive Studios has revived old classics and made a name for itself as something of a museum-esque curator service, acting as both restorer of history and guide to bringing that history to modern audiences in gaming. During its tenure in said unofficial role, the studio has brought the likes of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Shadow Man and System Shock 2, among many, many others, back to glorious life.
Now, overnight, a new publishing deal with newish upstart, Prime Matter (a division of Koch Media) reveals that Nightdive is knee-deep into work on a "fully-fledged remake" of the original System Shock, and it's coming to PC and console next year.
This remake has already existed for a while as a Kickstarter project, so its existence is nothing new, rather the partnership with Prime Matter, whose stable includes the likes of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, Payday 3 and Iron Harvest, among many others, simply means the rest of its development alongside its publishing should be smooth sailing.
Set on an abandoned space station, players have to survive a hostile environment and overcome SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimised Data Access Network), a malevolent AI hellbent on humanity’s destruction.
The new System Shock is a fully-fledged remake of the ground-breaking 1994 original, pairing its beloved core gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface and remastered sounds & music.
The global publishing and distribution agreement will bring System Shock to PC and consoles next year.
“System Shock has been a true labour of love and our goal has always been to deliver a game that is as close to perfect as we can make it,” said Stephen Kick, Founder and CEO of Nightdive Studios. “We're excited to partner with Prime Matter to achieve that goal and see this as an important step in the growth of Nightdive Studios. It will allow us to offer System Shock to fans all over the world, both in digital and physical goods formats, as well as fully honour our commitments to our fans and, in particular, to our thousands of supporters on Kickstarter, without whom this game would have never been possible.”
Nightdive Studios has worked closely with many of the members of the original System Shock team, including the voice of rogue AI SHODAN — Terri Brosius — to ensure that the remake honours the legacy of the title to the utmost degree. The game’s setting, Citadel Station, is bigger and more terrifying than ever with all-new areas, traps, puzzles and secrets to uncover.
System Shock is available to pre-order for PC and Linux via Steam, GOG and the Epic Game Store; the previously released playable demo can be found on the respective storefronts.
Pretty exciting, especially for anyone who missed the groundbreaking original, which stands as inspiration (in parts) for titles like Dead Space and BioShock. More info can be found at most of the store links in the quote, otherwise for a direct line click here.