A new trailer for the long-gestating System Shock remake has finally appeared. Shodan is back for revenge in the complete remake of the 1994 cult-classic action-adventure game, intent on destroying humanity once and for all. While the game’s last trailer — revealed during the 2020 Guerilla Collective showcase — featured gameplay from within Citadel Station, this latest footage displays other locations and the world outside.
Developer Nightdive Studios said that “the new System Shock is a fully-fledged remake of the groundbreaking 1994 original, pairing its beloved core gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface, and remastered sounds & music.”
In the trailer, fans got their first look at the remake’s Virus Mutant, Cyborg Elite Guard, and Cortex Reaver, as well as other weapons besides a pistol, including assault rifles, shotguns, and the Laser Rapier. There’s also a tiny glimpse at what looks like one of the game’s puzzles. You can see it all in action in the video at the top of this article.
Nightdive Studios still doesn’t have a firm release date for the remake, but it did say it plans to release the game sometime in 2023 for both PC and consoles. Stephen Kick, Founder and CEO of Nightdive, said:
System Shock has been a true labour of love and our goal has always been to deliver a game that is as close to perfect as we can make it. We’re excited to partner with Prime Matter to achieve that goal and see this as an important step in the growth of Nightdive Studios.
It will allow us to offer System Shock to fans all over the world, both in digital and physical goods formats, as well as fully honor our commitments to our fans and, in particular, to our thousands of supporters on Kickstarter, without whom this game would have never been possible.
As was the case when the last trailer was released in 2020, there is a playable System Shock demo available on Steam and the Epic Games Store. We came away from that demo (the same one available now) tentative about the remake, but things can certainly change. System Shock is currently up for pre-order on Steam and EGS for $44.99.