Long-awaited 'System Shock Remastered' put on hiatus
Events just took a turn for the worse for the System Shock remake.
System Shock is a 1994 first-person action game developed by Looking Glass Technologies and published by Origin Systems. The game is set aboard a space station in a cyberpunk version of 2072. Players assume the role of a nameless hacker who attempts to take down an evil artificial intelligence named Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network (SHODAN).
The title is regarded by many critics and gamers as a cult classic which redefined first-person experiences. Not only did it provide thrilling melee combat, but the claustrophobic setting impacted the horror genre as well. Popular franchises like BioShock draw inspirations from its level design and mechanics even to this day. When a System Shock remake was announced, it quickly broke records on Kickstarter and became a highly anticipated title.
Unfortunately, after raising over $1.3 million on Kickstarter from over 20,000 backers, the developer behind the long-awaited remake announced that the project is now on hiatus. Stephen Kick, head of Nightdive Studios, said that the developer needed to take a step away and get the project back on track because the team attempted to do too much. It's unclear what changes the developer made which altered gameplay to such a degree.
This will be a cause for concern to many backers because when games are put on hiatus, they sometimes never release, as a studio closes down or there are other problems. Hopefully Nightdive Studios will reemerge soon with a concrete plan. Until then, we can just hope that those who invested in the game will receive some assurance.
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