System Shock Kickstarter screenshot

[Update]: After nearly seven years in development, the System Shock Remake will finally be launching in March 2023!

System Shock, previously known as System Shock Remastered, is a modern recreation of a classic action-RPG that had managed to revolutionize the whole genre. Besides creating a ton of confusion due to its naming, the modern System Shock aims to bring improvements to the graphics, gameplay mechanics, and most importantly, to the overall design. No more getting locked away from finishing the game because you didn't level the one skill you "clearly" should've known you would need!

After many months of in-house development, System Shock has now finally launched its Kickstarter campaign, and unlike many of its competitors, there is a fully playable demo available! You can download the demo for free on SteamGOG, or Humble, but keep in mind that this is an early pre-alpha version, and as such there are bound to be various issues and bugs popping up here and there.

As for the Kickstarter, the developers Nightdive Studios are asking for $900,000 in order to ensure that System Shock gets all of the basic elements it needs to function. The stretch goals, however, are mostly about bringing in more gameplay options, adding new difficulty modes, dismemberment physics, and other such nifty ideas that might not be mandatory, but are certainly most welcome. The Kickstarter has currently raised $417,556, and with 29 days left to go I'm fairly confident in saying that System Shock will indeed see the light of day, and as a big fan of the series that pleases me greatly.

While I won't go over all of the details since you can simply look them up on the Kickstarter page, I just want to point out that the team has managed to get Chris Avellone involved in the project! For those of you that don't know, he was the game designer and writer behind some of the best RPGs of all time, games such as Planescape: Torment, Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2, and so forth. In other words, if Chris Avellone is involved in a project, expect it to have a damn good story!

System Shock, if everything goes according to plan, will be releasing for Windows and Xbox One in December, 2017. Mac and Linux versions are currently locked away behind the first stretch goal, while any further platforms are still under consideration.

System Shock Remastered's deadly robots