Looking Glass / Irrational Does System Shock 2 Live

Even a few years ago, the idea of getting to watch assorted Looking Glass and Irrational alumni play and talk through revered sci-fi immersive sim System Shock 2 sounded like an absurd fantasy. Twitch and Twitter, whatever else they might be throwing at the world, have broken down so many barriers. For instance: two of hours of System Shock 2, with live commentary provided by the likes of BioShock’s Ken Levine, Gone Home’s Steve Gaynor and Ultima Underworld’s Paul Neurath (not to mention all the other landmark games those guys worked on).

There’s a lot of nostalgia, a lot of immersive sim and RPG design talk and a lot of frankness here, though sadly the audio quality’s all over the place. Various other special guests fall in and out of the cast too – it’s a chaotic but fascinating watch/listen.

This little classic PC gaming get-together is in the name of promotion Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath’s new project, spiritual Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant, which aims to recreate some of the values seen in System Shock 2. The subterranean RPG is currently some $25k short of its $600k Kickstarter target. It seems likely it will make it, but there must be some raggedy fingernails and squeaky bums at Otherside Entertainment right now. Best of luck to them. They told us a whole bunch about what they’ve got planned for it here.


  1. Jiskra says:

    Watched that yesterday live :) Sound levels sux, but its still mutch better then last week when they streamed Thief.

    • Continuity says:

      Yeah the sound levels killed it for me, I stopped watching after the 3rd time I got my ears blasted.

  2. Zanchito says:

    Any chance of it being on Youtube or a downloadable format?

  3. geldonyetich says:

    Irrational and what they should bring back.

    Two words: Swat 5.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Issue is, to really move the game forward they’d need to escalate significantly. Simply slapping a 5 on it and a new kind of grenade wouldn’t-, who am I kidding? Where for I pre order?

    • kevmscotland says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      They’ll have to bring back Irrational first.

      • mrwizard says:

        wont happen, 2k owns irrational or owned and they squat on everything, its like the other defunct devs EA shut down

    • mrwizard says:

      Activision owns SWAT IP so they wouldn’t let Irrational make another game or any other game for that matter

  4. gunslingerfry says:

    I hope they just exceed their goal. From my admittedly anecdotal experience, kickstarters perform better when they achieve their goals and don’t make their completely overblown and ridiculous stretch goals.

  5. dsch says:

    Anyone have a link? The embedding doesn’t work.

  6. Tompuce84 says:

    Life is that bitch that’s gonna make me go to work instead of listening to this all afternoon…

  7. 12kill4 says:

    I believe it is spelt “Steve ‘hot scoops’ Gaynor”, btw

  8. geldonyetich says:

    It’s a pretty great video all around. The developers by and large were preaching to the choir about what core gamers what and what they rarely ever get due to how AAA budgets beget crappy mass-pandering tactics in hopes to recoup losses. Crowd funding really does offer a potential way out… it’s just a shame some people are using it to scam people out of money.