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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: System Shock
Nightdive Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a full reboot of the classic role-playing and shooter hybrid System Shock. The 1994 original is being updated from the ground up for Windows PC and Xbox One, with original development members giving a hand, including concept artist Robb Waters. Linux and Mac versions are currently stretch goals. Physical copies are available for $75 and up, with digital rewards dominating lesser reward tiers. On the other end of the spectrum, gamers with deep pockets can get a multiple copies, digital goodies, and custom System Shock-themed Razor gaming laptop for $5,000. To help alleviate any fears about investing in the campaign, Night Dive has released a fully playable demo that can be downloaded from the campaign page.
Underworld Ascendant developer Otherside Entertainment has announced that they are currently working on System Shock 3. The studio was able to secure the System Shock trademark from Night Dive Studios after nabbing IP rights to all future versions. A teaser site is already up, with SHODAN, who is once again voiced by Terri Brosius, making an appearance. Members of the two previous development teams have signed on to lend a hand, including Paul Neurath, System Shock 2 senior artist Nate Wells, and series lead concept artist Robb Waters.
Night Dive Studios’ updated version of System Shock is now available through Steam. Released earlier this year on GOG, the 1994 original hybrid first-person shooter and role-playing game was updated to run on modern systems along with support for higher resolutions, mouselook, and remappable keys. This version also features trading cards and partial support for the Steam controller. Steam users can download a double pack of Enhanced Edition and the original, System Shock: Classic, for $7.99 (regularly $9.99).
After years in legal limbo, System Shock 2, one of PC gaming’s most terrifying first-person shooters*, is back. Through the efforts of Night Dive Studios, the legal knots around the license have been undone and the core game updated to allow for a more thorough overhaul. Their work allowed the team at GOG.com to polish it off to the point where System Shock 2 is now compatible with Windows 7, 8, Vista, and XP, as well as many of the mods floating about. The game, including its many extras, which are detailed below, is available for a measly $9.99.