When System Shock first released in 1994, it was something of a revelation for the first-person shooter genre. While many gamers and developers were still trying to wrap their heads around the innovations of Doom, developer Looking Glass delivered an atmospheric sci-fi masterpiece that was in many ways a precursor to titles like Half-Life and Deus Ex. What’s arguably most impressive about the game, however, is just how well it’s concept has aged all these years later.
The fact was not lost on Nightdive Studios, the developer in charge of remaking this sci-fi horror classic for a new generation. If you’ve never heard of Nightdive, don’t feel too bad. The developer’s first major move in the game industry was recovering the rights to the System Shock franchise and using them to put the series back into digital distribution stores. In fact, despite a wealth of veteran development talent on staff, the studio has primarily focused on reviving classic PC experiences since their formation in 2012.
Fortunately, you don’t just have to take their word on the matter of restoring System Shock to glory as Nightdive has also seen fit to release a short demo of the upcoming remake available on Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store.
Here’s everything else we know about the System Shock remake:
System Shock Redux Trailer
A new System Shock Redux alpha gameplay trailer premiered during the Guerilla Collective Indie Showcase. Watch the footage below:
More gameplay footage arrived at GDC 2019:
This next System Shock trailer showcases the game’s art style, including the remakes’ shadowy industrial areas and sci-fi horror vibes.
Here’s a first look at the Pre-Alpha version of the game running on PS4:
Here’s some very early prototype footage from 2016:
System Shock Redux Release Date
System Shock Redux was originally set to come out in 2017, but a series of delays have pushed it back all the way to 2020. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, and PC.