The System Shock cult classic was released more than twenty years ago in 1994. Developed by Looking Glass Technologies, the first person action role-playing game received a huge popularity in its time. And now a re-imagined version is in the works for both PC and Xbox One.
Night Dive Studios is the one who will gracefully remaster System Shock, and no one is more pleased than its founder, Stephen Kick. Kick and Larry Kuperman, who is the business development director at the studio, have released a couple more details about the new look and feel of the game.
The revamped System Shock will be upgraded with a new interface and new graphics, and will feature plenty of other changes. However, all this re-imagining takes a lot of time, so the new video game is not expected to be released earlier than 2017.
Night Dive Studios have decided to give fans a taste of the upcoming game and have thus released a video showing two minutes of gameplay. While some of you might recognize the first medical suite setting, Kick assures us they have made great alterations:
“At the end of the video, you’ll see this massive room with these windows spanning the length of the floor, and outside you’ll see Saturn and galaxies surrounding the station.”
These immersive touches are sure to give players a more intense feeling than the original game: extreme isolation. The new version will feature many elements from the previous one, such as the uninhabited space station that players will have to explore and SHODAN, the artificial intelligence technology. However, back in 1994 the technical limitations impeded the game from reaching its complete tone of alienation. Thankfully, by using today’s means, the studios are able to create a better sense of immersion and experience.
According to Kick, the tone has also been shifted from a horror adventure to a horror experience. He also named Dead Space as an influence for the current revamp. The original story will be maintained, so the new System Shock is not a sequel or a prequel. It also appears that Night Dive Studios have taken a good look at the much acclaimed BioShock when designing the new version.
This is truly the most ambitious project of the indie studios, and the final product is expected to attract a certain category of gamers. However, Kuperman believes the remastered game will transcend nostalgics and will manage to reach new audiences as well.
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