After being in development for almost seven years, the developers of the System Shock Remake have announced that they’re confident the game will be launching in March of this year.
In a statement last week, developer NightDive Studios said:
“As some of you have already pointed out this is not our first time announcing a tentative launch window, but over the past few years much has changed. The scope and scale of the project has evolved dramatically and with Prime Matter joining the project it’s enabled us to focus on quality-of-life improvements, bug fixing, and localization support – the last major steps towards releasing a game we’re all incredibly proud of. This has also given us time to go back and polish various aspects of the game that needed that extra shine.”
I’ve been anticipating this one for a while, after getting to play the System Shock Remake last year at PAX West. This release date seems in line with what the developers were saying back when I got to speak with them, so hopefully fans should finally be able to get their hands on this long-anticipated remake for real this time.
The System Shock Remake started as a crowdfunded project and now has over $1 million donated to the campaign as of January 2023. The remake is using the source code from the original game as a base while also building and improving on the visuals, sound, gameplay, and quality of life improvements. Along with keeping the visuals old-school with fairly low-res textures, the remake feels like a new experience but one that’s also faithful to the original.
NightDive has been working closely with the original developers from Looking Glass Studios to make this experience as satisfying as possible for all players, new and old. Based on what’s been shown off so far, it definitely feels like they’ve struck a great balance.
Additional pre order details have been added to the Steam page, so head over and secure yourself a copy now.
Hopefully, this target is hit and we’ll have the game in our hands in a few weeks from now, and we’ll be able to bring you a review near the launch date, so stay tuned for more System Shock Remake coverage.