BioShock is one of my favorite games of all time, and I’ve always been aware that it was a spiritual successor to the System Shock series. Unfortunately I’ve never had the pleasure of playing those games, which were released in 1994 and 1999 respectively. But thankfully a chance to remedy that appears to be on the way.
A few years back Night Dive Studios acquired the rights to System Shock and began working on remastering the original game. The finished product is still off in the distance a bit, but the first peek at pre-alpha gameplay footage has now been released. You can check it out below.
After two decades, we are remastering and re-imagining the original System Shock. We will keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved, while updating the user interface and graphics to use a modern day engine (Unity). With the help of the original concept artist, the original vision of the Citadel Station and its inhabitants will finally come back to life.
The game is a first-person action RPG in which you play as a nameless hacker on a space station in the year 2072. When caught attempting to hack into files related to the space station, you’re given the option of hacking into the dangerous artificial intelligence that controls the space station in exchange for your freedom. The game’s world was created with a cyberpunk vision in mind.
A Kickstarter campaign is being set up to get the remastered System Shock finished and released, and you can stay up to date over at the official website.
In addition to the remastered original, Night Dive Studios has also licensed the property to OtherSide Entertainment to work on System Shock 3.