Cyberspace Is Looking Slick in the System Shock Remake

Cyberspace Is Looking Slick in the System Shock Remake

You can't jack-in with the remake's new demo yet, but you'll want to leave meatspace behind.

In remaking the original System Shock from the ground up, Nightdive had plenty to start with in prettying up TriOptimum's Citadel Station. Aged as the original's graphics may be, there was more to build upon than with System Shock's incorporeal cyberspace segments, which were mostly drawn with lines and flatly shaded polygons. In new screenshots straight from Nightdive, it looks like cyberspace is getting a seriously stylish revamp.

Built up of glowing squares that twist and fold out in all different directions, Nightdive's new take on cyberspace is reminiscent of other depictions in sci-fi, but boy is it ever a night-and-day difference from Looking Glass's original System Shock. Part of what's cool about this remake, which just got a new Alpha demo that's free to play until June 15, is that the space station itself is still so recognizable: blocky, bathed in teal and cyan, and a bit claustrophobic. Cyberspace, on the other hand, has way more going for it.

The kind of stuff that makes you want to practice your hacker voice. | Nightdive

Unfortunately, you can't check out cyberspace in the demo just yet, but Nightdive promises that Kickstarter backers will both get to keep the demo after it expires for everyone else and it'll add in cyberspace functionality to it down the road.

Now that it's in Alpha, hopefully the remake—first announced in 2016—isn't too far out from completion. In 2018, Nightdive pared down the team working on project and switched engines to Unreal.

It's not as though other parts of Nightdive haven't been busy. This is also the studio behind the recent Doom 64 re-release and the upcoming remaster of Westwood Studios' Blade Runner game.

While the System Shock remake looks to be chugging along, the fate of System Shock 3 is less clear. Nightdive, which owns the series license, granted use to OtherSide Entertainment for a proper sequel. After reports of a near-complete gutting of OtherSide, the studio recently broke its silence to say that the gaming conglomerate Tencent "will be taking the System Shock franchise forward." The status of the System Shock 3 project OtherSide previewed last year is currently unclear.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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