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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.

September Update

Posted by Jason Fader (Collaborator)

Project Update 

Phase - PreProduction 

I’m going to start including what phase we’re in from now on in these updates so folks can better gauge our progress. This month is the start of PreProduction for us, which means lots of documentation and fleshing out pipelines. It also means ramping the team up for Vertical Slice. We’ve brought on two new folks onto the team this month to help fill out our leadership ranks. 

Kevin Manning has joined the team as our Lead Artist. I worked with Kevin back on Fallout: New Vegas, and since then he’s been at a few places including Stardock and various contract opportunities. He’s been in the industry for about 12 years and has a passion for all things scifi and cyberpunk! 

James Henley recently joined us as our Lead Level Designer. James has been in the industry for a while with most of his work being done at BioWare on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Jade Empire. He’ll be leading our team of level designers to deliver on a challenging, yet rewarding, content experience and working alongside Chris Avellone to create the best visual storytelling environments on Citadel Station! 

Other Updates

Nightdive has sorted out the business stuff and paypal is just about in place. The next steps will be BackerKit and setting up some funding tiers on the site. There’s still a lot to do, so no ETA yet on all of that. 

Nightdive’s higher priority has been on bringing back the Nightdive website after a major overhaul, as well as bringing the forums online so we can better communicate with our supporters. The forums should be up later this month, and we’ll issue another Kickstarter update with instructions on how Backers will be able to access the private sections. 

 - Jason


Shout Outs 

Every few updates, we’re going to point out some other projects that backers might be interested in. This month, we’re supporting “Cthulhu & Shanghai Tunnels 21st H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival” and our very own Stephen Kick has done some awesome art for them in the past. They only have a few days left in their Kickstarter here: 

Here are some of their amazing rewards: 



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    1. Flatfingers on

      I'm sort of fascinated to learn that this project needs a "Lead Level Designer."

      Among other things, this implies that there are or will be multiple level designers who require higher-level guidance and coordination of effort.

      If there's going to be that much "level design" activity, how different is Nightdive's System Shock going to be from the original?

    2. nashathedog on

      @ Developers,
      Hello, If this is available on Steam please can you add Steam Achievements. Also, best of luck with the project, Bye.

    3. Shaun Gupta on

      W00t w00t! Thanks for the update - sounds like the team's really coming together, and it'll be great to see the new Nightdive site/forums/BackerKit when it's all up and running!

    4. Mike Madigan

      Awesome to hear how its all coming together!

    5. Andy O'Brien on

      Kevin Manning? Did he work at EARS back in the day? If he did, tell him Andy from Test says hey.

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      Callum Hutchinson on

      Really appreciate these updates - thank you!

    7. Jason Fader Collaborator on

      @Máximo Carlos Walsamakis: Digital copies of SSE and SS2 will get sent out once we have BackerKit up and running. Hoping by the end of the month.

    8. hazen on

      Outstanding, and yes, as someone below pointed out, it's hype and that's why I'm here!

      Carry on team!!

    9. Walsa on

      What about digital copies of System Shock Enhanced and System Shock 2 ?

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      Warchest on

      You guys are putting an awesome team together, can't wait for the release!

    11. jomino on

      Sweet, thanks for the updates guys!