System Shock has been one of those elusive games in my gaming pile of shame. It was groundbreaking and a game that shaped narrative-centric games for years to come. However, it just looks shoddy and comes from an era that is inherently barebones. While I want to play the game for cultural importance, I can’t bring myself to play something with outdated visuals and will take a small miracle to be compatible with my PC. The remake for the game popped up on Kickstarter and I figured, okay, I’m going to wait for that in order to experience this game in all of its glory. Sadly, it seems there’s still a long wait in front of us.
Nightdive Studios, the developers responsible for the remake, have announced that they’re aiming for a Q1 2020 release date and this is great news considering that the remake was put on indefinite hiatus not too long ago. CEO Stephen Kick had a sit down with PC Gamer where he discussed the game’s release plans and progress, saying:
Our intention is to ship exactly the game that was promised, with as much of the features that were promised as we can, in a time frame that will get it out as fast as we can.
The planned release is almost exactly two years away, which is often the development time for massive major titles, but granted this is a small studio working off Kickstarter money. It would be great if they had a working gameplay demo soon just in order to gain some faith in the project since it runs the risk of simply being forgotten about with such a long road ahead.