Return to a shiny new Citadel Station in this highly anticipated sci-fi remake
Publisher Nightdive Studios Developer Nightdive Studios ETA 2020
Well, it looks like we can all breathe a sigh of relief as development for the remake of everyone’s favourite immersive sci-fi sim is back on track. Developer Nightdive Studios released a video preview of the System Shock remake’s opening area to show off its finalised visuals, and it looks great.
When the game was announced as a reimagining, everyone was excited. System Shock is a beloved title, and it inspired the creation of many classics such as BioShock, Deus Ex and Prey to name a few, but the remake has seen a troubled development period. After being funded on Kickstarter for over $1.3 million in 2016, the team ploughed ahead with its vision. It was to feature many overhauls and changes, but would capture the spirit of the original for a modern audience. Following a change of release date from December 2017 to the second quarter of 2018, it became clear that the developers became too ambitious and feature-creep caused the team to lose control of development.
Then in early 2018 the game was put on hiatus. Things were looking grim, but the decision was made to go back to Nightdive’s original plan to stay as close to the original as possible. This involved reducing the size of the development team to make a more concentrated one. And now new footage has surfaced which has revitalised our excitement.
“The decision was made to go back to Nightdive’s original plan”
Although veteran game designer and writer Chris Avellone joined the team to rework dialogue and fix plot holes in the story, System Shock will remain faithful to the original. It takes place in the year 2072 and follows the exploits of a nameless cyberspace hacker who, after a bit of mischief, finds himself under arrest and at the mercy of a corrupt executive from the TriOptimum Corporation. With the prospect of all charges being dropped, and the promise of a new neural interface that will aid his hacking abilities, the hacker agrees to carry out a mission on Citadel Station, a TriOptimum space station orbiting above Saturn. The mission involves reprogramming SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimised Data Access Network), the AI that controls the station, and stealing a mutagenic virus. The mission is an apparent success and the hacker gets his implant. But the operation puts the hacker in a six-month coma. He awakens to find that the space station has been commandeered by SHODAN. Freed from the shackles of ethics, the AI has slaughtered all of the humans on the station and it’s up to the hacker to save the day.
As big fans of System Shock we’re glad to know that things are going smooth once again, but we’ll feel a lot better once the game’s released.
Below Nightdive’s System Shock remake certainly looks a lot better than the 1994 original.