System Shock Remake Officially Announced, System Shock 3 a Possibility

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We’ve learned that a System Shock remake is officially happening.

The news comes via an interview with Fastcompany and Night Dive Studios founder Stephen Kick. Night Dive acquired the full rights to the franchise, and are planning an entire remake of the original game.

Kick is working alongside the game’s original concept artist to reimagine its themes and aesthetics.

“Seeing the difference between his artistic abilities back then compared to now, and his ability to reinterpret those ideas, it’s just been really exciting for us,” Kick said in the interview.

Finally, the plan is to release a console version for the game alongside its expected PC version, making this a first for Night Dive Studios. Kick even teases a System Shock 3 down the line, but he said they’ll need a bigger publisher for this to happen.



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  1. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    November 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I wish I had played the first to have a proper opinion on the matters.

  2. landlock
    November 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Sounds awesome In theory.

  3. Dammage
    November 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Is this something that can be fucked up by casualization? Only played 2

  4. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    November 12, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Kickstarter incoming in 5… 4… 3…

  5. Choppinfoot
    November 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Absolutely anything can be fucked up by casualization.

  6. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    November 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    They could easily go and turn system shock in to bioshock.

  7. orbo
    November 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

    It needs a remake because it’s not a smart game for smart people like me.

  8. Siveon
    November 12, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Console version?


  9. Alcatraz
    November 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

    SS3 please. Make it happen 2k. Just don’t let Ken Levine near the gameplay department.

  10. anonme
    November 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Exactly. They even figured out how to screw up tetris.

  11. dogmentation
    November 12, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Welp, there goes the franchise. Deus Ex will be in good company.

  12. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Got chills when I read this, System Shock is one of my favourite series (with SS2 sitting comfortably as my 3rd favourite game ever). I hope they don’t screw it up

    Also console version = me owning a physical copy of System Shock = Hype

  13. 100% noob
    100% noob
    November 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Honestly if they did it in System Shock 2 format/engine it’d be great, if they go to Bioshock 1/2 it’d be kinda eh and/or feel… weird perhaps? But if it goes into Bioshock Infinite it’d be thrown into the trash and forgotten immediately.

  14. sanic
    November 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    might be cool.

  15. Urobolus
    November 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    I never thought this would happen.

  16. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    They werent even mentioned, and I dont want them to touch this franchise, Bioshock was already pretty underwhelming for me. and after Infinite, Evolve, and GTA I dont want them anywhere near anything else.

  17. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    “Consoles”, you better make a PC version first and a console port later Kick.

    I aint touching a dumbed version of a game I love.

  18. Nocturnic
    November 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Sweet, now can they get the Strife IP next please?

    I trust Night Dive, and I hope they deliver with the System Shock remake.

  19. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    It’s an FPS not an RTS or cRPG, the only “dumbing down for console” that’s necessary is using a controller instead of a mouse

  20. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    November 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Great! As long as they stay true to the original it will be great.

  21. Siveon
    November 12, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    That’s already dumbing down a lot. The mouse plays a lot into the System Shock games (a reason why none of them were ever ported to consoles), as well as the keybinds.

  22. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Have you been living under a rock?

  23. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    No I just think that PC gamers are the second most prone to overreaction group on the internet right below SJWs

  24. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Deus Ex
    Call of Duty

    I dont think so bub.

  25. Thanatos2k
    November 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm


  26. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Ok let’s run through this. I already said no RTS and cRPGs because those ones are obvious so removing XCOM, Witcher and C&C

    -Deus Ex: HR was fucking fantastic
    -Crysis, CoD and BF were always bad, slow, “dumbed down” console tier shooters
    -Bioshock was made by a different studio to System Shock and so blaming “hte consoles 11!!!11!!1” is a bit of a stretch when one could just say it was 2Ks fault for sucking compared to Looking Glass

  27. InfectedAI
    November 12, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, Night Dive Studios is on a roll. I can’t believe they actually acquired the System Shock IP. While I’m excited for them expanding into the console realm, I can’t help but worry that this will hurt the design with how limited consoles are. I really hope I’m wrong and this remake and a potential SS3 aren’t hampered by console support.

  28. InfectedAI
    November 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    What are the first two?

  29. InfectedAI
    November 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    The original Crysis was absolutely nothing like your typical console shooter. It definitely suffered from being put on consoles. The Battlefield series also got worse as time went on with increased console focus.

  30. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Dark Souls and Umineko

  31. InfectedAI
    November 12, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    An enhanced edition of the original came out recently. You should definitely consider checking it out.

  32. Fenrir007
    November 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    The original Crysis was a Predator Simulator sandbox. The following titles were standard console shooters.

  33. Fenrir007
    November 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    While I’m happy to hear we might get a sequel, I think it will be easier for them to fuck it up than do the series justice, especially by aiming for consoles.

    I’m more interested in the remake, since they already have a solid foundation to build upon and not screw it up. Still possible they might fuck it up anyway.

  34. FelixMordou
    November 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Have you played the first System Shock? FPS it isn’t.

  35. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 12, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I have. It’s in first person. You shoot things. Just because it has other aspects doesn’t really change that. And none of those other aspects wouldn’t work on console. Which is why I said “it’s not an RTS or cRPG”. 2 genres that have elements which make them not work right on console

    Would it be harder to control a game like System Shock without a mouse? Yes. Would it be borderline impossible and a waste of time like playing a complex RTS on console? No

  36. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

    “Deus Ex was fantastic” true, still cant reach the heels of the original and its obviously consolized

    “CoD, Crysis and Battlefield were always bad” bullshit, slow paced isnt bad, Quake, UT and Doom are great but shouldnt be the only way to make a shooter, those games did what they meant to do very well

    2K did not make Bioshock, it published it, Irrational developed it and had core Looking Glass studio devs including Kevin Levine.

    Consolization doesnt mean consoles are bad and its games are bad, it means PC exclusive games have to conform with a game that is inferior to its predecessor because said predecessor fid not have console limitations in mind, that includes controls and hardware.

    Take an example: Dragons Dogma is a great fucking game, its a console exclusive and had its limitations in mind, its a great fucking game and I cant wsit for January.

    Stop being so defensive. about your platform when the platform isnt even the problem itself, you look like a fucking idiot by doing so.

  37. minoru
    November 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Oh boy. The possibilties of having new VtMB, LoK and System Shock games made me anxious.

  38. SpecialK
    November 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hm, this pretty much explains why GoG just got the first one released. Not being snarky though or saying that’s a bad thing).

    The games were great, good to see a remake coming. Curious about a console version… On one hand, they were very much PC (mouse/keyboard) point & click games, but on the flip side, Bioshock was kinda a spiritual successor to the genre, and it was great on consoles, so we’ll see.

  39. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Im hardly being defensive, im not even a console fan and am switching to PC next month, I just felt like making a point (which it seems youve gone and made for me anyway)

    Consoles arent the problem. Appealing to casual audiences is. A game like System Shock could easily work on console

  40. TheGreatGamerGod
    November 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    A kindred spirit. Always thought Ken Levine could create a world and characters really well, but was terrible as a director and game designer. Better off in the producers chair. Sometimes you have to know your limits.

  41. Yeshu
    November 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    SS is basically a sci-fi version of Ultima Underground. It’s an exploration RPG.