The remake of System shock announced a 2023 release window, nearly seven years after the project was first announced with a Kickstarter campaign.
The original Nightdive campaign to create a complete remake of the 1994 original System shock launched on June 28, 2016, with an initial target of $900,000 (£677,000). Currently, over 21,000 backers have raised $1,350,700 (£1,132,886).
At the time, System shock had an estimated delivery date of December 2017 but suffered several delays during the development process.
However, in a new Kickstarter update, Nightdive has confirmed a “March 2023” launch window for System shock. The Steam page has also been updated with this new release date.
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“As some of you have already pointed out, this isn’t the first time we’ve announced a tentative launch window, but over the past few years a lot has changed,” the update continued. from Kickstarter.
“The scope and scale of the project has grown significantly and with Prime Matter joining the project, it has allowed us to focus on improving quality of life, fixing bugs and supporting the localization – the final big steps towards releasing a game that we’re all incredibly proud of, it also gave us time to go back and tweak various aspects of the game that needed that extra shine.
Nightdive then went on to say that he had “created enemy variants to provide new challenges for the player in later levels” and “updated effects for weapons, such as Plasma Rifle, [to] provide a final level of polish.
Back in February, the developer confirmed that “the game can basically be completed from start to finish” but the team wanted to spend more time polishing the project.
Speaking of the original version of the game, Nightdive said, “System shock was one of the first 3D games to take a methodical approach to exploration while revealing a story-driven narrative through audio logs and messages scattered throughout the game world. It was a revolutionary step forward for media at a time when developers were beginning to experiment with interactive storytelling.
“System shock offered an unparalleled experience that would solidify it as one of the greatest games of all time.
After a hands-on 20-minute overview of System shock last september, NME wrote: “Overall, it looks like Nightdive Studios is giving us an updated version of one of PC’s most revered titles, reinventing it for a modern audience… There are plenty of reasons to be excited here.”
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