Nightdive Studios (the studio behind the troubled development of the System Shock remake) are working on an enhanced version of System Shock 2.
“You asked for it and we are working on it,” reads a post on the Nightdive Studios’ Twitter account. “System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition coming soon!!!”
The studio doesn’t offer any additional details about the enhanced edition of the game at this time. However, the words “In Development” are included in the teaser photo for the project, which suggests that this Enhanced Edition likely won’t be released in the near future. It’s also worth noting that Nightdive is responsible for the re-release of System Shock 2 in 2013. At that time, System Shock 2 was one of the great “lost” games that hadn’t been brought to modern digital marketplaces.
To that end, we do wonder what, exactly, Nightdive has in store with this Enhanced Edition. If the Enhanced Edition of System Shock is any indication, this sequel will likely feature a few quality of life improvements, upgraded visuals designed to work better with modern displays, and probably some added achievements. However, you shouldn’t expect this to be a remake of the original System Shock 2.
Speaking of remakes, we’re still waiting to hear more about the modernized System Shock that Nightdive is also working on. the remake has escaped the clutches of development death on a couple of occasions, and Nightdive remains committed to finishing it despite the struggles.
As for System Shock 2, both it and its predecessor could certainly be remembered as two of the most important PC games of all-time. Not only did they pave the way for games like BioShock and Prey, but their combination of horror, sci-fi, action, and role-playing inspired many of the great games of their era to escape traditional genre boundaries and embrace a variety of gameplay concepts.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.
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