Fans of the old school action role playing game (RPG) shooter genre are in for a treat as the crowdfunding campaign for “System Shock Remastered” now has a specified date.
Night Dive Studios, a company famous for acquiring rights to old school classics of the 90s, announced the news on its Facebook page. The announcement came in the form of a simple video featuring only the “System Shock Remastered” logo, but the true meat of the post was its title and caption.
“Coming to a Kickstarter near you. 06.29.16” said the title and caption, setting the crowdfunding campaign at the end of June.
To those too young to know about the series, the “System Shock” series began with the release of the first game back in 1994. Looking Glass Technologies developed the game, with Electronic Arts as distributor.
Hailed as an innovation of the genre at the time of release, “System Shock” is commonly cited as either an influencer or spiritual predecessor to contemporary shooters with RPG elements. Chief among those deemed as “System Shock’s” spiritual successors are 2000’s “Deus Ex” and 2007’s “BioShock.”
“System Shock 2” followed in 1999, developed by Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games to critical acclaim. The latter would eventually develop “BioShock,” released to critical acclaim just like its spiritual predecessors.
Night Dive Studios eventually acquired full rights to the title, as detailed in an interview with the company’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Kick by Fast Company.
According to Kick, the studio is working with “System Shock” original concept artist Robert Waters to redevelop the designs and aesthetics of the original game. “Seeing the difference between his artistic abilities back then compared to now, and his ablity to reinterpret those ideas, it’s just been really exciting for us,” Kick told the publication.
Still in development and currently in the crowdfunding stage, “System Shock Remastered” still has no release date. In the meantime, fans can whet their appetites with the previously released alpha-stage gameplay footage viewable here.