It’s been a while since we’ve heard a lot about the System Shock Remake, although developer Nightdive Studios has done a pretty good job of keeping their Kickstarter backers up to date. The latest of those updates comes with some pretty good news as they’ve partnered with Prime Matter to publish System shock next year on PC and consoles.
The 1994 PC game is set on an abandoned space station, known as Citadel Station, in the year 2072. When an anonymous hacker emerges from a coma, he finds the space station under the control of SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network) , the AI station that has pursued the destruction of humanity after removing its ethical constraints. Now it plans to aim a laser at the Earth and destroy as many cities as possible. Only the hacker can stop it.
System Shock Remake includes all the core gameplay of the original game and even includes some original voice actors. Terri Brosius, for example, has returned to SHODAN’s voice. However, this does not mean that there are no changes. There will be HD graphics, an updated control scheme, an improved user interface and remastered music and sound effects. Citadel Station has also been improved with new areas, traps, puzzles and secrets to find.
The development of the game has not always gone smoothly. A Kickstarter fundraiser in 2016 was successful, raising a total of $1.35 million. The game has been marked down for a 2017 release. Despite initially being planned only for PC, the team also agreed to produce a PlayStation 4 port in 2018. find a publisher to raise more capital.
Development resumed later in 2018 with another team refocusing the game on Nightdive’s original vision. The game got a revised release window in early 2020. Due to delays, an alpha demo did not appear on PC until May 2020, while an extended gameplay demo finally appeared in June this year. A beta will be available to Kickstarter backers early next year. After that, the game will be released sometime in 2022 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
[Source: Prime Matter]