SHODAN awaits your arrival, in 3D glory.
The promised remake of System Shock has officially launched its Kickstarter campaign, and Nightdive Studios has decided to give all players (not just backers) free access to the first 10 minutes of the game.
According to the developer’s game description, “we want to demonstrate our commitment and passion for System Shock by providing a fun and exciting experience to potential backers”. They are particularly happy about being able to recreate what once was a pile of pixels into “3D, terrifying models”.
The creators deem this demo as a “proof of concept” and state everything from graphics to mechanics is subject to change in then future, all in order to make the experience “as chilling to players today as the original System Shock was…”.
System Shock, when it was released in 1994, became a pillar in the videogame sci-fi genre, and actual giants like BioShock, Dead Space and Deus Ex took their inspiration from it. Nightdive Studios has worked on all these, and on titles like Fallout New Vegas, 3 & 4, Thief, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft…not to mention they are also working on System Shock 3.
All in all, these guys were on the boat before it even sailed.
This demo amounts 500MB of space, and can be downloaded freely from Steam, GOG.com and Humble Bundle. The idea has been a success so far, as upon hours of starting the campaign, it has reached almost $300,000, so it’s a pretty safe assumption it can reach even it’s highest stretch goal of $1.9 million.
The final release will be available for PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One, tentatively shipping on December 2017, but for now, you can download the first taste of this remake freely at any of the links in the Kickstarter.