Please don’t suck
Remember Bioshock? Of course you do, it’s an extremely influential part of your gaming history! Rapture was all about that atmosphere, varied gameplay, and twisty story.
What you might not know is that Bioshock is actually a spiritual successor to System Shock. Before we were sucked into Andrew Ryan’s underwater world, we were trapped on a spaceship, caught between a war of machines and the flesh (if any of this sounds familiar it’s because Dead Space originally started out as System Shock 3).
Now, developer Night Dive Studios has acquired the rights to the series and plans on remaking the original System Shock. Night Dive has had success bringing back old titles to newer generations, including an updated version of System Shock 2 and a remastered version of System Shock 1. According to a recent interview with Fastcompany, they are now working on a complete remake of the original game. They will also be working closely with Robert Waters, the game’s original concept artist, in order to re-imagine the world that was originally created in the 1990’s.
Personally, a full on remake for the original game is probably in order. The game is notoriously difficult to play, mostly because of its ancient control scheme. Night Dive addressed some of these concerns in their Enhanced Edition, which you can find on Steam, but is still planted a bit too deeply in the stone age for a modern audience. More people are familiar with its sequel, which still holds up extremely well thanks to its engrossing atmosphere and fun gameplay.
Night Dive has also suggested they will be looking into porting System Shock to consoles, just to throw keyboard and mouse purists into a rage. There was also talk about a potential System Shock 3, but that is way down the line and would require the backing of a major studio.
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