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System Shock

2 months ago

Night Dive’s System Shock remake looks charmingly retro in new alpha footage

It looks like Night Dive's System Shock remake is finally back on track, after a messy engine switch, a cancelled change in art direction and a delay until 2020. Below, we get our first video peek at the 'adventure alpha' version of the immersive sim revival, currently going out to some higher-tier Kickstarter backers. We also get a little peek at the remake's design methodology…

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3 months ago

System Shock: Enhanced Edition now looks sharper and controls better than ever

Nightdive's remake of System Shock has been delayed until 2020, but playing the 1994 original is a more tempting option now. Paving the way for immersive sims like Deus Ex and Dishonored, System Shock is an important part of the genre's history, and after a surprise update yesterday it's a far more playable one. System Shock: Enhanced Edition is now a sharper looking game, expanded…

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5 months ago

ReWired is System Shock’s first ever fan-made campaign

Update: The creation of ReWired was made possible via the level editor, Deck, created by System Shock scholar Dertseha. They spent years (much of it without access to source code) reverse-engineering the game as part of their InkyBlackness project to create a comprehensive set of tools for the game. Here's just what the horrifying cyborg doctor ordered to keep System Shock fans busy while we're waiting on the…

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8 months ago

System Shock shows off new old look

The retronauts at Night Dive Studios have shared a look at the latest version of their crowdfunded System Shock, a game which has gone from a straight remake to an expanded reimagining and back down to remake. They had to scale the game down and lay off some staff after some publisher funding fell through, see. Now, yup, it again looks like System Shock but…

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9 months ago

System Shock’s remake back on track, delayed til’ 2020

Not too long ago, we reported that things were sounding a bit wobbly over on the System Shock remake's Kickstarter page. Plans to divert from a pure remake to redesign the game from the ground up had spiraled out of control, and money was running low. While some less optimistic folks took this as a death knell for the project and declared it done and…

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10 months ago

System Shock Remake development being ‘refocused’

When we last reported on the Kickstarter-funded System Shock remake from Night Dive Studios, all sounded relatively well, and the team were gearing up to expand the scope of their plans, from making a straight remake into something more akin to a modern-day reboot for the series. Unfortunately, greater scope means a greater budget and investments in both time and manpower. After additional publisher support…

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Podcast: Remakes, reboots and remasters

Welcome to the freshly relaunched RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show! You might think this is episode 31, but actually it’s episode 1 again. We’re rebooting it, even though we just did that last year. We’ve started by making it more accessible. Instead of three of us chatting about videogames between snippets of jaunty music, there’s just a sad man saying “Sonic the Hedgehog” over…

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1 year ago

Fresh cyber-hell awaits in new System Shock remake vid

Back in March, we reported that the successfully-crowdfunded System Shock remake was rebooting development with a new central aesthetic. We're starting to see that decision bear fruit, as the latest update for Kickstarter backers features a good chunk of new footage showing off the refreshed visuals, some new concept art, and a peek at some of the improvements they're bringing to combat. After the jump:…

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Feature: Fill your boots

Have you played… NEO Scavenger?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. There are lots of things I love about NEO Scavenger [official site]. I love how, despite its lo-fi visuals, it conveys the fickle fortunes and indifferent cruelty of a wilderness better than many technologically superior survival games. I love its ridiculously detailed combat system that lets…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Quests Done Quick II

It's Summer Games Done Quick time again! You know what that means. The final seal has been broken, the rivers are turning to blood, and High Dread Azagorath is free to destroy the land. But while people wait, they're doing speed-runs. And in celebration of that, I thought I'd take a dig through the archives for a few particularly impressive and interesting ones that take…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Universes Built For Sharing

For a few horrible minutes during E3, it looked like Bethesda might seriously claim that The Elder Scrolls and Fallout were part of the same universe. Thankfully, not. Despite this being an era where Sony wants a Ghostbusters universe and Universal thinks demeaning the Universal Monsters by linking them with a top-sekrit monstah hunting group led by Dr Jekyll is anything other than schoolboy fan-fiction,…

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2 years ago

Watch: System Shock Reboot rebooted in Unreal

Am I being a mad old man or does this look quite different to the bluer, brighter, System Shockier demo put out to publicise Night Dive's System Shock Reboot [official site] Kickstarter last Summer? In this matter at least, I am confident my sanity is unaffected. For as well as an apparent shift in its art direction to something more traditionally sci-fi/horror, SSR has hopped…

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Look At You, Backers: System Shock Kickstarter Ends

The Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a remake of System Shock [official site] ended yesterday and - surprise surprise - the news is good. Shooting for $900,000 (£680,000-ish), Night Dive Studios drew $1,350,700 (about £1.02 million) in pledges from 21,625 backers. Turns out, quite a few people would like to see a remake of Looking Glass Studios' classic sci-fi horror. Who knew! Now begins the wait…

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Nightdive Clarify “RPG Stuff” In System Shock Remake

Nightdive's System Shock [official site] remake will be coming to Mac and Linux, with the project having passed the $1.1m mark on Kickstarter and hitting the relevant stretch goal. In announcing the additional platforms, the developers have also taken the opportunity to alter one of their other stretch goals. The $1.4m target had initially read "RPG elements" and Nightdive have acknowledged that "it was vague…

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Rise And Fall Of Audio Logs

"Day 4. I've looked everywhere, but I can't find anything to eat or a clue to get me off the ship. Just... more audiologs! They're everywhere! For some reason I keep listening to every minute of every one thinking there'll be some useful information but... they're just filler! Filler that's driving me to madness!" - South Park: The Stick Of Truth It's hard to argue.…

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#nofilter: System Shock Demo Update Coming

GL_TEXTUREMODE GL_NEAREST read my knuckle tattoos. People on the bus gasp when they see my twenty-four fingers curl around the grab rail and I think "Yeah that's right, normies, I bet you are shocked: no texture filtering, not even mipmapping. I bet it's freaking your nut out to discover how real video games should really be played." So I'm mortified to discover that Nightdive Studios…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Voices In Your Ear

Looking back on System Shock, one part inevitably stands out more than any other. SHODAN. The goddess of Citadel Station. With her words she turned a futuristic maze into a horrific hunter/hunted situation, where survival was about clawing back control and beating the machine at her own game. It’s an impressive achievement… but especially when you consider that really, she was little more than a…

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Remembering Citadel: System Shock versus System Shock Reboot

Suddenly, we have an embarrassment of System Shock riches. First System Shock Enhanced, then a Warren Spector-augmented System Shock 3, and now System Shock Reboot, a total remastering of the first game. It's just poor old System Shock 2 that's left in the cold, as EA jealously guard the rights to the sci-horror series' most acclaimed instalment. That's another day's concern, though: right now, let's…

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System Shock Remake Kickstarter Is Live, Has A Demo

We've talked about it a lot recently, but the reboot of System Shock [official site] is coming — and it's going to need a bit of help through Kickstarter in order to make it. Developers Night Dive Studios are looking for a tidy $900,000 (about £675,000) in order to make their complete remake of System Shock a (hopefully) terrifying reality, and there's even a nifty…

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