Warren Spector has talked a bit about the story in System Shock 3, a game in development at a new studio he's in charge of, OtherSide Austin. More on that later.
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Classic sci-fi horror adventure System Shock is getting a reboot by Nightdive Studios. Though it's currently in its embryonic pre-alpha phase and still raising money on Kickstarter, there's a demo of the remake available so we decided to give it a spin and see how it compares to the Enhanced Edition of the original adventure (which was also spruced up by Nightdive Studios).
Remaking a classic video game is an intimidating prospect. Stick too close to the original and you run the risk of releasing an archaic project that maybe doesn't hold up as well in modern times as it did in its day (see Doom 3: BFG Edition). Change too much, however, and purists will complain that the feel or tone is too far afield from what they remember (see Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes). Heck, even the best remakes still fall shy of their source material in at least some minor way. Wind Waker HD is a more vibrant spectacle than its 2003 GameCube forbear, but its new bloom lighting occasionally robs Link of some of his charm. Likewise, Resident Evil's remake (and ReRemake) are easy on the eyes, but the "better" voice acting is bad in a generic, boring way, whereas it used to be indescribably bad in a hilarious way.
UPDATE 11TH JULY: It's done it, the System Shock remake has raised the $900,000 it was after on Kickstarter - with 17 days to spare.
In a "Thank You!" update post, developer Nightdive expressed its gratitude to all the people who pledged.
"There's no possible way I could convey how grateful the Nightdive team is to the 14,000+ backers who put their trust in us - we're having a lot of fun remaking System Shock and we owe it all to you!" wrote CEO Stephen Kick. "Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
Night Dive Studios has revealed the first snippet of gameplay from its upcoming System Shock remake.
According to its official site, System Shock Remastered is currently in development for Steam and Xbox One.
Developed in Unity, this remake seeks to "keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved, while updating the user interface and graphics to use a modern day engine." To do that, Night Dive has recruited System Shock's original concept artist, Robert Waters.
Warren Spector is joining Boston-based developer OtherSide Entertainment to work on as a director on successors to two of his most beloved titles: System Shock and Ultima Underworld.
UPDATE 14th DECEMBER: The countdown has ended and OtherSide has revealed the name System Shock 3 with a little bit of art and an audio clip featuring the voice of, presumably, AI villain SHODAN. There aren't many clues to go by but there is mention of virtual reality in a survey you're prompted to fill out if you want to receive updates about the game. The survey asks you to rate your interest in VR gaming on a scale of one to 10. There are only six questions so its inclusion does heavily hint at System Shock 3 involving VR, which is... interesting.
Developer Night Dive Studios has released new screenshots from the Turok remaster project. Remember how, in the 1997 original, you could barely see your hands in front of you for all that fog? Well now you can! You can see way into the distance! No need to hide the texture pop-in these days.
Night Dive released an Enhanced Edition of System Shock recently, and is working on an entire re-imagining of the game, too. A sole screenshot has been posted on Night Dive's website teasing that project.
Night Dive announced in August that it would be remastering Turok 1 and 2, but didn't say anything about when the projects would be complete - and still hasn't. Both games are in for enhanced graphics and "other" improvements.
Classic sci-fi horror FPS System Shock is getting a remake by Night Dive Studios, the company responsible for releasing the Enhanced Edition of Looking Glass Studios' original 1994 game earlier this year on GOG and Steam. It also re-released System Shock 2 a couple of years back.
Classic first-person role-playing game System Shock now has an Enhanced Edition with a handful of extra features.
The original pitch document for System Shock 2 revealed that the game was once known as Junction Point (a name later used by another Looking Glass alumni, Warren Spector, for his own development studio).
These people deserve a certificate or something, because today there's another reason to go back to System Shock, Homeworld 2 and Thief 2: fan-made mods and patches.