Nightdive Studios has released a bunch of new details about the planned, but troubled, System Shock Remake. The game is finally moving forward and getting some news this week, as the newest trailer has been released. Shodan is back, and she’s not too happy. With the release of a new trailer, hope has returned to the fanbase. And now they finally get to see what they’ve been waiting to play, as a demo is out too.
The development of the new game has been on rocky ground, as has the rest of the franchise. The development for the latest sequel was suspected to be canceled after the team was pulled from the project. That came after a very uncertain period for Starbreeze, who previously held the rights, as they dealt with potential financial ruin. Starbreeze is its own tale though, and it ends with System Shock being frozen.
There’s a long story here, but here’s the short version. The rights to parts of the franchise, including System Shock 3, were very much in limbo. It’s now suspected that the rights to the planned sequel had been snapped up by Tencent in the chaos. But then there’s the matter surrounding the Remake, which was on hold after the Kickstarter ran into trouble.
Nightdive has also been working on a redo of the second System Shock game, remaking it to a lesser degree. This version would include new visuals and some minor tweaks, but not be really a full remake in the truest sense. There have been so many issues with the franchise as of late though, that it’s kind of understandable that it’s taken this long.