With the System Shock Kickstarter now underway, Windows users can get their first taste of the potential remake with a free gameplay demo.
The Kickstarter campaign for Night Dive Studios’s System Shock began just a few hours ago, with fans already contributing well over $100,000 towards the project. From the developers of the original 1994 System Shock, the new System Shock is a heavily updated remake, featuring new gameplay mechanics and visuals powered by Unity. For those not familiar with the franchise, System Shock thrust players into the role of a nameless hacker investigating Citadel Station where the AI SHODAN seized control over the space station’s digital architecture; set 42 years after the original, System Shock 2 released in 1996 under developer Irrational Games. The two titles would become the inspiration behind the Deux Ex, Bioshock and Dead Space properties.
Night Dive Studios is asking for $900,000 to make the System Shock remake a reality; at the time of this post, dedicated fans have already contributed over $225,000. Stretch Goals include a fully-orchestrated soundtrack, further localization, remixed music from the original System Shock, additional crafting and puzzle mechanics, and more. For a minimum of $30, campaign contributors can secure a DRM-free PC copy of System Shock at launch next year; higher contribution tiers include copies of the original System Shock and System Shock 2, a “Digital Collector’s Edition”, physical “Big-Box Collector’s Edition” featuring Tri-Optimum gear, and the chance to be in the remake as an NPC.
One of the highest tiers, super-fans who contribute to the $5,000 reward tier will receive a custom lazer-printed Tri-Optimum Razer Blade equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core CPU and a GTX 970M.
For fans wishing to experience a portion of the remake first-hand, Night Dive released a short Pre-Alpha demo of System Shock through Steam, Humble Store and GOG.
If System Shock is funded, Night Dive Studios is planning to release the title for PC/Mac/Linux and Xbox One in December 2017. While the final release may be multiplatform, the current Pre-Alpha demo only supports Windows users on 7, 8.1 and 10.