Night Dive Studios, a company specializing in remaking and remastering old PC games has claimed that a System Shock remake is finally in production. Alongside the concept artist behind the 1994 sci-fi horror shooter cult classic System Shock, Robert Waters, the company plans to bring the old game into the fray of new PC and console games.
System Shock is the grandfather of award winning game series like Bioshock and Deus Ex, the latter having a sequel planned for February 23rd and is called Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, set two years after the story of Deus Ex Human Revolution. The first System Shock had a remastered version launched on GOG.com earlier this year in order to bypass the weird UI, even for a 1994 game, and the lack of mouse support. Even so, with all its flaws and weird gameplay elements, it is still highly considered as one of the greatest PC games of all time and one of the most influential games in the genre, alongside the original Deus Ex and Half Life.
Considering that the company is already famed for publishing remastered old games like the novel based horror I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream and the game The 7th guest, things are looking pretty promising, especially if the dark and depressing theme of System Shock is kept, with the help of the original concept artist.
The trend of remaking and remastering old games has been met with both pros and cons, with the disappointment of the cinematic ridden remaster of Duck Tales. Because of this, people are getting a bit wary when it comes to this subject. With the unveiling of the Final Fantasy 7 remake during the E3 Sony conference, every fan of old PC and console games are getting a bit excited when they are approached with the subject of what game would they like to see get remade with today’s graphics and gameplay improvements.
On the subject of Final Fantasy 7, the fear that Square Enix will remove parts that made the game a classic (Cloud dressing as a girl, going on a date with Garret, all of the Golden Saucer story parts) has made people a bit restless, but the hope is that they will only attach the Zack story ark and give a large graphical facelift to the game.
Not only does the company known as Night Dive Studios claim the System Shock remake is finally in production, they are also considering a sequel, a possible System Shock 3. But for both of these propositions, the company has said that they require a bigger publisher than themselves in order to take on the challenge that these projects pose.