Posts Tagged ‘Night Dive Studios’

No one will sell No One Lives Forever, so let’s download it

No One Lives Forever, and its sequel A Spy In HARM’s Way, are infamously unavailable. Through the meticulous horrors of ownership rights across multiple publishers, and an apparent unwillingness by any involved to see it resolved, it’s not possible to buy either classic game anywhere.

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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 from Unity to the Unreal engine, resulting in a very different-looking game. Better in many way, yes, but perhaps less like the 1994 original. Take a look below, and hear Night Dive’s reasoning for the ol’switcheroo.

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Dinos, Right: Turok 2 Remaster Due “When It’s Done”

Rather than doing the obvious thing and crossing over with Star Trek to create Tuvok: Dinoborg Hunter, the next stage in the story of the none-more-90s shooter series is to tart up Turok 2. Turok 1 got the slap’n’tickle treatment not too long ago, but devout Turok Fans – no, let’s not judge – are holding out for the bigger, multiplayer-endowed sequel, Seeds Of Evil. Veteran remasterer-uppers Night Dive, who’ve also been giving System Shock a lick of paint lately, are on the case.
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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 until December 2017, when Night Dive plan to release the game.

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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 and misleading”. Now, they’ll be adding more maps if they reach $1.4m and those RPG elements will be included whatever the final figure. Here’s what that means.

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Remaster Citadel: System Shock Reboot Is Funded

This one was never in doubt, but it’s nonetheless a relief to see that, yes, the world still cares about System Shock and, yes, Kickstarter can still drum up a ton of cash for videogames. Just so long as those videogames are related to videogames we loved when we were kids, I guess. With $970,000 of its requested $900,000 in the bag and 16 days left on the Kickclock, we can expect Nightdive’s System Shock Reboot to handily pass the $1m mark.

Sadly most of the stretch goals are pretty dull unless you’re a Macker, a Linuteer or prefer non-English dialogue, but if it makes it all the way to $1.3m they intend to add new locations and dialogue. Heresy! Delightfully intriguing heresy!
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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 are enabling texture filtering in their System Shock remake [Kickstarter page], after it was so wonderfully disabled in their Kickstarter demo. But hey, they are improving the demo in ways too.

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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 talk about the free alpha demo released to promote System Shock Reboot’s Kickstarter. When they say ‘reimagining’, just how much similarity and how much change does that actually mean? It’s compare and contrast time, chums.
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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 little demo you can play to help you make up your mind.

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System Shock Reboot: 9 Minutes Of Looking At Hackers

Night Dive’s remake/reimaging/reboot/rejiggering of the frighteningly important proto-immersive sim System Shock is due for Kickstarter later today, and word is it may include a playable demo. Ahead of that, here’s nine minutes of footage from the start of the game that are so impressive that I might have to end my moratorium on the use of the word ‘stonking.’
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Look At You, Backer: System Shock Remake Kickstarted

Just when you thought there was one retro-remake that was simply gonna get itself made rather than sing for its supper first, System Shock Remastered [official site] has dropped an upside-down hat on the ground and is fixing passers-by with an anxious smile. NightDive Studio’s remastering of SHODAN’s first adventure is happening in parallel with OtherSide Entertainment’s Warren Spector-assisted System Shock 3, but going on the impressive alpha footage earlier this year is likely to happen first. Presuming the newly-announced Kickstarter works out, anyway.
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Two Minutes Of System Shock Remake Footage

System Shock remake footage

When Alice last dunked the RPS scifi horror-o-meter into Night Dive Studio’s System Shock remake, the readings came back with some early screens of the reinterpreted Citadel Station. The stills were a wonderful combination of old versus new, as developers Night Dive have been consulting with the original System Shock team, including concept artist Robb Waters.

There’s now some footage on the loose which looks even lovelier. Pop below to see for yourself.

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I Just Played Turok: Dinosaur Hunter For The First Time

Here’s a thing – I’ve never played a Turok game before. Despite living in a late 90s university hovel with the requisite N64, for some reason it was a cartridge I never put in. And I haven’t caught up since. So seeing Night Dive’s remastering of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter [official site] was out, it made sense to fill that rather large gap in my knowledge. Gosh, Turok’s rather good, isn’t it?

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Turok Remastered To Look Like Turok, Out Thurs

It’s a good job they’re not actually calling this Turok Remastered, because, er, well, it isn’t, is it? I don’t know how high your expectations were for Night Dive’s spit’n’polished version of the none-more-90s dino-shooting FPS were, but if they were somewhere in the region of “pretty much the same but a bit less blocky” then you won’t be unhappy. Anyone holding out for ultro-shiny normal mapped cyber-dinos will be glum, however.

All of sudden, it’s out on Thursday, and you can see what it looks like below.

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System Shock 3 Formally Announced Oh Gosh It Is Real

System Shock 3 [official site] is now properly, formally announced with a press release and everything, and, well, I was two-thirds right. First, the basics: the third part of Looking Glass Studios’ hallowed sci-fi FPS-RPG series, whose rights were only recently untangled by Night Dive Studios, is being made by OtherSide Entertainment. That’s the Underworld Ascendant lot, who were founded by Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath and include a few other LGS folks. And… that’s mostly all we know. Oh! And Terri Brosius is returning to voice AI antagonist SHODAN, as you can hear in this clip.

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System Shock 3 Teased By Looking Glass Veterans

Oh! Well then. I guess System Shock 3 is actually happening. Cool, cool. Seems it’ll be coming from a team including folks who worked on the original too: Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath’s new mob OtherSide Entertainment. You know, them lot currently working on Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant. Yep, no biggie. STAY CALM, ALICE. MAINTAIN STEELY EXTERIOR.

Otherside have a teaser page saying “SYSTEM SHOCK 3” all casual like, which seems to have been uncovered earlier than planned given that the timer they did actually announce is still counting down another five days. So yeah, sure, System Shock 3.

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L-look At These, Hacker: System Shock Remake Screens

That there System Shock remake Night Dive Studios got on the go after untangling and acquiring its rights? It’s jolly shiny! Those Polygon folks have a load of screenshots comparing Looking Glass’s original 1994 FPS-RPG with this new version and gosh, it’s made some interesting decisions. The architecture of Citadel Station is about the same, essentially built of big blocks and steep angles, but the detailing and textures are all hi-res and shiny and everything is glowing and bathed in bloom – a negotiation between modern graphics technology and the original look. Go on, git, go look!

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System Shock Remake In Development, Night Dive Acquire Full Rights To Franchise

Night Dive are responsible for the recent Enhanced Edition of the original System Shock and in an interview with Fast Company, CEO Stephen Kick explained that his company have “acquired the full rights to the franchise” and have been working with the game’s original concept artist as they develop a full remake of the game. Talks about a possible System Shock 3 have also begun, although Night Dive admit they would need outside help to achieve something on that scale.

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System Shock Is Now Available On GOG

The original System Shock is now available on GOG. It’s no exaggeration to say that Looking Glass’ first-person sci-fi horror hybrid is one of the most influential games ever released and the new enhanced edition should lead to a re-evaluation of its precise place in the history and development of the immersive sim. Night Dive Studios are responsible for the re-release:

“With System Shock: Enhanced Edition, we’re implementing game-changing improvements, including mouselook, widescreen, and a high resolution display mode,” says Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studios. “The classic game has never been more accessible to a modern audience.”

Video and details below.

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Warm Up The Cerebral Bore: Turok 1&2 Being Revamped

Barreling on through the ’90s revival, it’s inevitable that we’d see the return of cyborg dinosaurs with guns for arms and laser eyes. Though perhaps not the most iconic antagonists of the decade, they were always there, seen in shoddy cartoons and found in toy shops alongside non-copyright-infringing bodacious humanoid reptiles. Oh, and they had a whole FPS series devoted to them.

Night Dive Studios, the folks who untangled the knot of System Shock 2‘s rights for a rerelease, have announced plans to “restore” and release “modernized versions” of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.

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