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System Shock is a faithful reboot of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans. 

Remember Citadel.
System Shock is a faithful reboot of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans. Remember Citadel.
21,625 backers pledged $1,350,700 to help bring this project to life.

Thank You!

Posted by Nightdive Studios (Creator)
When Nightdive started in 2012, it was a one man operation with a singular goal- Recover gaming's lost treasures and make them available again for all to enjoy. As operating systems and video cards become more complex, we lose the ability to go back and replay many of the games we grew up with. I wanted to do everything I could to breathe new life into these forgotten classics.

The journey started with System Shock 2 and the reception/support I received allowed me to seek out other like minded individuals who would help locate and revive more lost classics like: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Wizardry, and The 7th Guest series to name a few. As we continued to grow in team size, so did our ambitions. With the release of The Original Strife: Veterans Edition and Noctropolis we were able to restore the games and add additional features. We fixed original bugs, included unfinished games mode, added support for widescreen monitors, and implemented OpenGL to update the visuals. Next was Turok, followed by System Shock: Enhanced Edition and an even greater desire to take our mission to the next level.   

We had done everything we could to make the Enhanced Edition more accessible to a modern audience but it reached the point where we began discussing a remake from the ground up. We started with a core team and a simple prototype to see if we could capture the look and feel of the original game.

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System ReShock Ver .22n

Pleased with the results we then brought on Robb Waters to help us re-imagine the enemies, weapons and other memorable props and items from the game, and to create a common thread between the remake and the original game. Robb concepted the original game, he should be the one to revisit the remake.

System ReShock Prototype
System ReShock Prototype

A few more team members were brought on to take our prototype and develop it into the pre-alpha demo we would eventually release with Kickstarter. Our campaign began with a tremendous surge of support and in less than two weeks we've been completely funded...   

System ReShock Prototype
System ReShock Prototype

There's no possible way I could convey how grateful the Nightdive team is to the 14,000+ backers who put their trust in us - we're having a lot of fun remaking System Shock and we owe it all to you! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios


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    1. Pham on

      Funded! Awesome!

    2. Infornographie on

      Oh, you're the guys that made the Wizardry 8 re-release ?
      Thank you so much, it was becoming more and more difficult to make it work properly :D.

    3. Vince Vazquez

      For saving STRIFE and trying so hard to save No One Lives Forever, and several other things you did (including putting that Turok Remaster guy on my radar, and luckily I grabbed his Powerslave EX before it was taken down), I would support you guys for literally any project you would bring to Kickstarter. But I'm glad it's System Shock, and i'm glad you're doing it right bringing a demo here, and I'm THRILLED to see you guys succeed :D Congrats!

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      Norbert Ehreke on

      Hi Team! I am looking forward to the end result, but watching you work, being excited about what you do is (almost) reward enough for me. I truly wish for you to succeed and to achieve your goals thereby provding myself, and everyone else, of course, with a trumendous game that we will all enjoy to the fullest. Thank you for aiming high! We trust in you! (B-b-b-ut remembrrrrr -- d-d-d-do NOT let.t.t.t us DOWWWN. INSECTS)

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      FabulousFab on

      Let's hope to achieve 1.4 million $ to have the most intersting tier...

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      Malvan on

      What a nice already funded. Hope you will find a good balance between new and old game graphics as well as game mechanics. All the best for your endeavor.

    7. Christoph von Ameln on

      Congrats and thank you for doing this. Give this masterpiece of gaming history a well deserved rebirth!

    8. Mark Neil Konrad on

      congratulations nightdive and all of us backers. I am very exited about this remake, the alpha demo leaves me totally hyped for this.

    9. Глеб Шестаков on

      I'm glad you guys are on this job. Best of luck to you and thanks for all you've already done for us!

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      Casey Keaton on

      Thanks for doing this project! I hope with this the people at Otherside won't have to resort to Kickstarter for System Shock 3. If this remake is a success which I think will be given the talent that is working at your NIghtdive Studio it should be able to help fund System Shock 3!

      P.S. Hope the work on Turok 2 port is going well because I can't wait to be able to play that classic again!

    11. Piotr Kosmatko on

      Awesome can't wait ;-) but no "rushing" it, take your time and do it "right" ;-) and please do not forget about PC guys / gals ...system shock started life on PC...and would be nice to see it taking advantage of modern PC in 2016 ;-)

    12. rootsrat on

      Great news! So many days to go as well!

    13. steve6678 on

      Thx to all of you --> see us on Citadel Station - Shodan and steve6678 are waiting for you :-)

    14. OpalBee on

      Thank you guys for taking this on. System Shock was the obsession of my twenties and I'm looking forward to wallowing in overwhelming nostalgia.

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      divadleiht on

      Well, thank YOU for putting so much time and effort into the revival of such great classics.

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      Christopher Waling on

      You can't stop Shodan, all we need now is to reach the $2M+ marks, remove VR mode, add Steam achieves and it's all I need to know

    17. Jesper on

      I thank YOU too, for making it easier for us to play these amazing classic games. You're like a miniature GOG, remastering games that we all haven't played in maybe decades. Much love. :)

    18. Azghouls on

      Thank you all as I never thought System Shock will enter our gaming lives again. And of course all the other games. Now only we have an updated version of Nolf 1 and 2.

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      Karim Garcia on

      looking forward to the finished product which will no doubt be great

    20. Shaun Gupta on

      Also, reading this, I can't help but think an addon, either in book or video form, about the making of the System Shock remake (and maybe history of the original games), would be amazing. But I really dig that stuff.

    21. Shaun Gupta on

      Easter egg? least as far as door codes and as far as I'm aware (but I'm pretty sure this is accurate), System Shock invented it (though that in itself was a tribute to Fahrenheit 451). Other games like Deus Ex are homages to the original, baby! (Many of the games it's in, like Deus Ex, have ties to Looking Glass/Irrational back in the day.)

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      0451 nice easter egg :)

    23. Pekka H on

      My warmest congrats to NDS! Happy to be one of the 14,000 :) Thanks for this update. It was interesting and uplifting to read about your journey. Now your can focus even more on the making and bring the ReShock to us Insects! :)

    24. Judicator on

      The classic UI is pure beauty.
      On a side note: are you looking into remaking Clive Barker's Undying?

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      Roeland van Heerde on

      Couldn't wait to throw money your way for this remake!
      Now all you can do to repay us is make the best game you possibly can!

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      sergk on

      I agree, PS4 version is strategically important. But I am personally paying for Linux version.

    27. Emilijan Stamfar on

      The Newspaper look genius :-D

    28. Thomas on

      I hope we can reach at least 1.4 Million because those stretch goals are realllly necessary ! :)

    29. Tadej Danev on

      You really need this on PS4 it will sell for sure.

    30. Nick Grugin on

      Glad this got funded, also props to you all for doing this. Hope the project turns out well enough in the end that you'll continue updating other old school classics for modern age PCs :)

      Side Note: Just...please don't turn into other KS's where you send out an update every week instead of just 1 good one per month, or make us go to a forum for updates, or have no updates at all, or have sporadic updates that make excuses on why the game's release date has been delayed an extra 2 years, lol. (I complain a lot but seriously, good on you all)

    31. Dunkare on

      No, sir, thank YOU for remaking this awesome game!
      Because no matter what many purists say, graphics do matter. And so do controls. If those two are massively outdated, great gameplay alone won't suffice for most people. Myself included.
      So thank you for giving the current generation of gamers the opportunity to experience this incredible masterpiece!

    32. Dracostar on

      I wish you all the very best and I look forward to this being an amazing, thrilling Sci-Fi horror roller-coaster ride, much like the original that so many of us love and miss. I'll eagerly be reading each update that comes forth.

    33. Shaun Gupta on

      @Nicxan Brooks, "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" is already on Steam and playable (it's the classic version made to work on modern machines a bit like System Shock Enhanced is - I never played the classic version, but I did pick it up and can verify it runs well, so I look forward to eventually playing it). I actually was looking into Nightdive's projects and they have a TON of classic releases already out there (over 40 on Steam)! It's one of the things that makes it clear to me they really have a passion for these classic games, and I'm so happy someone's lovingly restoring them.

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      Greg Hyduk on

      I really wish you guys the best of luck with you guys. Good Luck!

    35. Nicxan Brooks on

      Oh man, I Have No Mouth And i Must Scream? Shit, that'd be awesome. (A.M. is so amazing tbh)

      I am so happy for you guys and I cannot WAIT for this. Now let's get some stretch goals!

    36. Daniel Jewell on

      Good work guys, you deserve every dollar.

    37. Shaun Gupta on

      Congrats guys and gals - hopefully we smash some stretch goals!

    38. Shaun Gupta on

      @Gernot Wagner, pledges can be managed/upgraded at anytime. I'm most probably going to upgrade mine before the end of the campaign - I'm just waiting to figure out what to. =oP

    39. Shaun Gupta on

      @Chris Doak, we have plenty of time to release. Personally, since it's been a while since I played the original, I plan to replay Enhanced myself. For me, I think the experience of semi-recently playing the original again, then playing this Remastered version, will be a real treat and let me see everything that's both done the same and done differently (with a few nice additions like mouselook and better resolutions). If you already know the story, there's really nothing to lose, and as long as you can appreciate classic games, graphics, and the dated interface (which is awesome as you can do so much with it, but a little clunky to use), you'll experience something truly amazing and ahead of its time, and can fully appreciate how this classic is being remade. Just my two cents.

    40. Jason Grinstead on

      I would be more interested in a Wizardry remake than this, to be honest.

      I never played the original, but since people have been talking it for so long, I came to the conclusion it must be awesome. I can't wait to play the game with this version, for the first time.

    41. Vesko Gavrilov

      I was pleased to read that you want to revive I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Wizardry, and The 7th Guest. Have you released the enhanced versions?

    42. hazen on

      Congrats to all!

    43. Melody Haren Anderson on

      I'm trying to get everyone I know to back, because I loved this game warts and all (the interface was... not great.) so a new version has me so excited! Congrats!

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      Charles B on

      Huzzah the voice of the many have spoken!

    45. Christophe Martinez

      Congratulations for this early score that allows you to carry on the adventure.
      I'm happy to know that you have fun proceeding to completion of this game. Fun and passion makes a lot of great things so I nod. Though, FOLKS... IT IS TIME TO FINISH THIS GAME AND SEND IT TO US. ^^ ^^ ^^ We all count on you. Keep it up as strong as we believe in your skills and vision of this game. Cheers again.

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      Many congratulations! Now get working...insects :D

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      Paul on

      Congratz guys!!!
      Now pick up those HMDs and getting coding for VR!!! :D

    48. Casey Dombos

      I live in Portland and would love to be a part of this if you need help in anyway possible (worked on Twisted Metal as a community engineer) ;)

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      Netsuko on

      OH GOD! IT'S REALLY HAPPENING! Someone please pinch me!