The first System Shock is being remade

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System Shock 2 is one of my favourite games ever – and as I’ve said before, this early progenitor to games like BioShock is so good, that BioShock wishes it was as well crafted. I haven’t, however, played the first game – and I can’t for any good reason imagine why, other than some snobby dig at its graphics when I was a younger, more foolish person.

I may, soon, finally be able to rectify that. If you haven’t heard of Night Dive Studios, they’re a small company that’s so far been focused on bringing games back from the dead. They successfully secured the rights to system Shock 2, finally allowing that game to be sold again. They’ve done others too – like I have no mouth and I must Scream, and 7th Guest. They’ve also tried (and unfortunately failed) to free No One Lives Forever from copyright hell – but their next project may be a little grander, and more ambitious.

They’re working to remake the first System Shock.

So says Fastcompany, in a piece on the studio featuring an interview with Night Dive’s Stephen Kick.

“Night Dive is developing a full remake of the original System Shock, going well beyond the basic rerelease that launched a couple months ago. Night Dive has acquired the full rights to the franchise, and Kick says he’s been working with Robert Waters, the game’s original concept artist, to reimagine his designs from the early 1990s.”

According to Larry Kuperman, Night Dive’s head of business development, the remake could pave the way for System Shock 3. Could – so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

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Kuperman says they’d need a bigger publisher on board, and that they are “having some conversations” on this front. “To really do another game in that series is going to take resources and time and commitment that we don’t have, and it’s really not our core business,” Kuperman says.

Last Updated: November 12, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Full remake of this could be really excellent. And it sounds like they’re going all in here, instead of just remaster.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    • Hammersteyn

      Shodan > Glados

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Agreed. Shodan makes Glados look like a toaster

        • Hammersteyn


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I wouldn’t compare them. Glados is an awesome comedic villain, Shodan is one of the creepiest, vicious AIs ever. Poor Xerxes never stood a chance.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          True dat, they have their own uniqueness, however Shodan is the superior villain. By far.

          Xerxes got pwned big time

  • (Umar) Must be Cipher

    Wow, are they doing this without crowd funding? Hot damn

  • Hammersteyn

    If I play just one last game. It will be this! I’m so happy!

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja
  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja
  • Hammersteyn

    dat reveal O_o

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja


  • Hammersteyn
  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja


  • HvR
  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    By the way, if you spend $5 on the current GOG sale you’ll get System Shock 2 as well.

    • Hammersteyn

      Own it already…. Inorite?

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