The original System Shock released all the way back in 1994, 25 years ago and it is one of the main reasons I fear the inevitable AI uprising. The game was a benchmark back in the day, featuring interconnected levels drenched in atmosphere and best of all, one of the most frightening villains in video games, the AI called SHODAN.
If the mention of SHODAN sent chills running down your spine, then you are not alone. What fans of the original really want from the System Shock remake has to be a faithful recreation with modern-day graphics and that is exactly what Nightdive Studios seems to be doing, as we can see from the gameplay trailer at the bottom of this article, featuring the full medical level being played. Keep in mind that it is still pre-alpha footage, but you can already see that atmosphere and quality oozing through.
In case you didn’t know Nightdive raised over $1,300,000 for the remake from over 21,000 backers on Kickstarter back in 2016. However, the development for the System Shock remake was put on hiatus but now it is back and looking better than ever. The developers clearly have a love for the original and it shows, but not everything is perfect yet. However, that is okay since the game is only scheduled to release sometime next year.
Nightdive explains that the System Shock remake video below is pre-alpha and it is clearly marked as such. Further, there are some things missing from the level.
This is not final! There are missing enemies, weapons, effects, and sounds. We’ve also included a few different musical themes.
All in all, however, it does look great in my opinion, even if that might be due to some nostalgia kicking in, so check out the System Shock remake video below to see for yourself and then tell us what you think in the comment section.
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