Here’s Some Pre-Alpha Gameplay Footage of the System Shock Remake
Not to be confused with OtherSide Entertainment’s System Shock 3, the footage above is from Night Dive Studios’ HD upgrade/remake of the original System Shock, news of which broke last November. However, thanks to Gameranx, we have a few more details about the project:
In development by Night Dive Studios, this polished edition of the original will be built in Unity and feature new graphics and an updated user interface to better accommodate current gaming conventions. Above you can see what they refer to as “pre-alpha gameplay”, and if I may say, the visuals are a remarkable improvement on what PC graphics were capable of when System Shock was first released in 1994. On the official website for System Shock Remastered Edition, Night Dive says they’re working with the game’s original concept artist to retain an authentic feel.
It is unclear what, if any, relation this version of the game will have to System Shock: Enhanced Edition and if the improvements made to the previously updated version will also be included in System Shock Remastered Edition. It is also unclear if System Shock 2, which also received an enhanced edition, will receive the remaster treatment.
It’s worth noting that the remake footage seems to indicate that Night Dive are retaining the very angular level geometry of System Shock, and are focusing on enhancing the textures and soundscape of the game.