System Shock Remake: BioShock's ancestor resurfaces, promising clips

System Shock


System Shock

You are a hacker. You have attempted to hack into the TriOptimum Corporation Network, and gain unauthorized access to protected files concerning the Space Station Citadel. Unfortunately, your hacking attempts have been detected, and your location is soon tracked. Edward Diego (an executive at TriOptimum Corporation) sees your potential, and is eager to make a deal with you. He will drop all charges against you, if you hack into SHODAN, the artificial intelligence that controls Citadel Station. You will also gain a military grade neuro interface if you are successful. Naturally, you agree to this offer, and Edward Diego gives you Level 1 access to SHODAN. You receive your neuro implant, and undergo a 6-month healing coma.

The game starts when you awake from your coma. But somehow, things are not quite how you remember them. You find an audio log (as well as some other goodies) hidden in a cupboard. The log is from Rebecca Lansing, who is a TriOptimum counter terrorism consultant based on Earth. She tells you that they have detected a disruption on Citadel Station, and that a mining beam is preparing to fire at Earth. Since you are the only contact between Earth and Citadel Station, it is up to you to find out what is going on. You soon discover that when you hacked into SHODAN 6 months ago, you removed all of her ethical restraints. Now she has re-examined her priorities, and drawn her own conclusions about humanity!

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System Shock Remake: BioShock's ancestor resurfaces, promising clips

System Shock is perhaps not (anymore?) a game that speaks to the greatest number of people and yet, its influence was certain: its remake is on the right track and besides, it is almost finalized.

If Bioshock was so successful when it was released, it is largely thanks to the genius of its director, Ken Levine, who later gave birth to Bioshock Infinite . The director was able to rely on a great experience, part of which was forged directly at Looking Glass Studios , working on System Shock 2 in the 90s.

The first System Shock had already made noise, which was published in 1994 and which offered a pitch reminiscent of the underwater city of Rapture without difficulty: it embodies a computer hacker responsible for infiltrating a gigantic station called Sentinel. In an oppressive atmosphere to scare away claustrophobes, the player then opposed aggressive enemies in labyrinthine corridors, having to solve puzzles and understand the why and how of a convoluted scenario.

28 years later, the System Shock remake has never seemed so close. We are talking about an ambitious redesign, put on track in 2016 on Kickstarter by the Nightdive studio and whose development takes all its time to do things right. Today, news from the yard reaches us, embellished with some unseen footage.


Larry Kuperman, director of business development at Nightdive, thus allowed himself some reassuring statements during the Game Developers Conference as to the state of the game, which would be “rather finalized” at present.

All levels are there, every enemy is in place, every weapon is ready. Bug fixes represent our final foray into this dive into hell.

We tried to stay very true to the canon. It was something that was really important to us, that our audience, who are System Shock fans, could watch all of this and be like, "yes, that's what I wanted". This is exactly the game we are doing, but with polish.

In short, you will have understood: the remake of System Shock is almost ready, it is even playable from start to finish, but still requires tweaking to deliver a stable experience. “Each member of the team put hours and hours into making the original gameplay work, but we also wanted to make sure it had a modern twist,” Kuperman says.

Precisely, new gameplay excerpts show the operation of several weapons, to find below. The opportunity to admire the technical aspect, certainly up to date and which has nothing to envy to modern productions: we now cross our fingers for a release date soon!

Is System Shock a good video game?

Yes System Shock is a great video game, we are proud to have given it a rating of 90%. Any good gamer must have played System Shock at least once in his life, we can even fully consider it as one of the best games of the genre! In short, it is a must and you must try it if you have the opportunity!

Can I play System Shock with my friends?

No, as far as we know, there is no multiplayer mode for System Shock, you'll have to lend the controller to each other and take turns playing! We hope that a multiplayer mode will be available thanks to a next update, a remake or even a sequel, who knows!

Is System Shock available on multiple platforms?

Yes, the game System Shock is developed to be compatible with Mac and DOS. It's quite handy to be able to play it on several different consoles, thanks to the Looking Glass Studios development studio!

Is System Shock a recent game?

No, System Shock is not a recent game, it was launched in most regions on Sep 22nd 1994, 29 years 8 months 4 days ago.
System Shock has been released on Mac and DOS.

Is there an official website for System Shock?

No System Shock doesn't have an official website yet, but there are probably fan sites on Google, we invite you to search by yourself. Otherwise you can also find our dedicated portal by clicking here.

Is there a forum on the internet to discuss the game System Shock?

No, according to our information, System Shock does not yet have a forum or subreddit clearly identified to the community. However, it is possible that you can find one by searching on your favorite search engine, which we invite you to do! You can also look at social networks, indeed many groups exist for example on Facebook to allow communities to exchange between enthusiasts.

Is System Shock compatible with VR?

No, System Shock is not currently compatible with virtual reality, but we hope that one day it will be possible to play it with this new technology!

Does the game System Shock have other names around the world?

Yes, the game is also known by these names around the world:
Alien Commander
Alien Commander (Alternative title)
システムショック (Japanese title - original)
システムショック (Japanese title - translated)
시스템 쇼크 (Korean title)
시스텡쇼크 (Korean title)
System Shock: Classic (Steam title)

What are similar games to System Shock?

System Shock is a game similar to Cyberpunk 2077, Grav, Borderlands 3, Prey, Citadel: Forged With Fire, Immortal: Unchained, Watch Dogs: Legion, Gene Rain, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw and The Outer Worlds, if you liked System Shock, you will surely love this list of games we just mentioned! You can find our dedicated portals by clicking on the name of the games, and make your own opinion very quickly!