Nightdive Studios has been working on a remake of the original System Shock for a while. And since we haven't seen much of the game since the initial demo was released, here's how the reboot is coming along.
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Video: The BioShock Collection is on the way, promising to return us to Rapture and Columbia. But what about System Shock? It's been over 20 years since we first met SHODAN and battled through Citadel Station. Night Dive Studios has taken up the cause of remastering the PC classic, but do they remember what made it so classic to begin with?
When Night Dive Studios announced that they were rebooting the original System Shock, rather than remastering it, fans were slightly perplexed. The explanation, apparently, was Night Dive had done so much work on the original that calling it a remaster wouldn't be accurate.
Now we can see what they're talking about.
The great thing about the age of digital distribution is how it's allowed people to relive their gaming memories without going through the hassle of abandonware and the pitfalls that sometimes brings. Discounts on games from the 1990's are a dime a dozen now, but it wasn't that long ago that getting them to work on modern operating systems was a nightmare.
But that's all in the past. Maybe a better way of putting it is to say that the past is now part of our future. Problem is, sometimes the past is better left alone -- as I discovered with the remaster of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
It was only last week that Night Dive Studios were showing off the first screenshots of the Turok remaster (the N64/PC version, not the awful 360/PS3 reboot). But now we've got a release date -- and it's much sooner than most were expecting.
One of the nicer bits of news this week was the announcement that System Shock 3 is finally being made, following the resolution of the legal quandary surrounding the assets and the IP.
Otherside Entertainment are the studio tasked with making the sequel to the iconic Looking Glass series, and today they've put out a cool teaser site that's worth your attention.
Briefly: Night Dive Studios, the team that released a HD version of System Shock, now own the rights to the series and are working on an all-new, "completely reimagined" version of the original game. Check out Polygon for a comparison between the classic and the remake!