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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.
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September Update

Posted by Nightdive Studios (Creator)
Hello backers! It’s Stephen from Nightdive with this month’s update.

We are busy at work getting the Adventure Alpha ready for the end of the month - a ton of final art will be making it into the game as well as the majority of levels using the updated original textures from System Shock.

So let’s get started! What update wouldn’t be complete without doors! Yes, doors - we hope you never tire of going through these majestic contraptions that connect the various spaces you will traverse while on Citadel Station!





We’ve made the audio logs tintable to provide some variation between the crew members.

Now let’s take a look at the updated SS1 textures within Unreal - again, these are not final, they are the original game textures updated with PBR properties! However, due to the positive feedback we received we will be using these textures for a “Retro Mode” that you’ll be able to access in the final release. Should this be a mode you have to unlock or should it be available from the offset? Please share your opinion with us in our Discord channel.






 Here’s a comparison with the original game.



Next up we have two previews of some work in progress art for the UI - these are just ideas, but we wanted to share them with you.


Concept for how emails/logs will be received.

Oh, hi Mark!


System Shock: Enhanced Edition Source Port Update!


The source port released yesterday on Steam, and if you already own the Enhanced Edition, this update is free! If not, we’ve discounted the game 50% until Saturday.

Playing System Shock in 4K with all the updated features is an incredible experience and if you’ve never checked it out, now is the time.






Here are just some of the new features available:

  • Higher resolution support up to 4K widescreen mode  
  • Mouselook support  
  • Rebindable keyboard/mouse/joystick commands  
  • Adapted to Nightdive's KEX engine  
  • Option to switch between hi-resolution 
  • Mac assets and the original DOS assets  
  • Official support for fan missions and fan mods  
  • Adjustable FOV (Field of View) Brand new achievements 
Join the System Shock: Enhanced Edition Discord channel to discuss changes, bugs, and anything else you encounter!

Streaming Update:

Here’s our upcoming streaming schedule!
  • September 7th Team @11am PST  
  • September 10th Daniel @2pm PST  
  • September 12th Chris @9am PST  
  • September 13th Jonathan @6pm PST  
  • September 14th Steve @6pm PST  
  • September 17th Daniel @2pm PST  
  • September 19th Chris @9am PST & Karlee @4pm PST  
  • September 20th Jonathan @6pm PST  
  • September 21st Steve @6pm PST  
  • September 24th Daniel @2pm PST  
  • September 26th Chris @9am PST & Karlee @4pm PST  
  • September 27th Jonathan @6pm PST  
  • September 28th Steve @6pm PST
If you missed any of our streams and want to catch up, you’re in luck! We’ve uploaded all of our streams to YouTube!


Continued Communication:

Please join us on Discord!

We’re in there every day answering questions!
See you next time~!
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    1. Missing avatar

      Matti Peltoniemi on

      Thanks Shaun. I hate the wait, it's been so long (or at least feels like it), but least there is some light showing at the end of the tunnel. I'm not quite sure what I'd do if I had access to adventure alpha. System Shock is the best game series ever made in my opinion, and temptation to roam Citadel station again would be IMMENSE. But at the same time, I want to have the whole cake with all it's flavors in once I start playing, in a manner of speaking. Heh, such a dilemma that'd be :D

      Suppose I can/will start another run of SS Enhanced, now that the port source update is in and everything.

    2. Shaun Gupta on

      @Matti Peltoniemi, that's basically it, yes. From what's been said, the whole station will be there as well as many items and audio logs (originals - not rerecorded yet). Some puzzles should be there as well, but not things like enemies. Also, please note that the alpha won't be widely available; probably just a few people to start (I'm not sure the exact criteria has been announced yet) and it'll also most likely be under an NDA. Once the beta rolls around, most backers with a game copy will have access, but that won't be right away.

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      Matti Peltoniemi on

      I might be ignorant, but what is the Adventure Alpha? Does that mean the game is playable from start to finish but without most (or any) of the puzzles or enemies put in yet?

    4. Benjamin van houts on

      The only thing I was not a fan of with the original unity demo was the the unfiltered textures, other then that things are looking good.

    5. Tim TMJ Blu on

      It seems the option for a toggle mode on outset is the popular opinion, at least from what I've read so far. Let me pile on one more note of support for that position.

    6. james martin

      This: "I cast a vote for a toggle in the options menu for Retro Mode. I would like to play around with both the updated and the new textures on my first run of the game."

    7. Mark Neil Konrad on

      I also vote for Retro from beginning. Both textures look so nice I am considering playing it twice :D

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      Franz Luger on

      Bravo Łukasz Korzeń:
      "I vote for Retro Mode being available from the beginning." ! :-)

      I also do!
      Greeting, Franz

      PS: Please make the clumsy/shiny plastiline look, HDR and volumetric lighting/nebula effects optional - they are horrible to my eyes! Please!

    9. Shaun Gupta on

      (Apologies for omitting the last r in your name).

    10. Shaun Gupta on

      @Zangdaar, try resetting the controls (Options -> Customize Controls -> Reset [Enhanced]). I've seen a few people where for whatever reason the left mouse button gets unbound.

    11. Zangdaarr on

      In SSEE I can no longer interact with items, it's like my mouse buttons are not working.
      However, I can still use the right button to attack with a weapon, but impossible to open a door, look at a corpse, etc etc ....

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      Łukasz Korzeń on

      I vote for Retro Mode being available from the beginning.

    13. krayzkrok on

      Retro mode should be available from the outset. Don't punish players for wanting to play the game a certain way, in this case with a more authentic look.

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      RJ Limerick on

      Available from the start, definitely.

    15. Andrew on

      I cast a vote for a toggle in the options menu for Retro Mode. I would like to play around with both the updated and the new textures on my first run of the game.

    16. Igloos on

      As for the cross, you could argue it's not red 100% of the time because of the way the whole bar changes color and the plus is merely a reflection of that, and so isn't actually intended to be interpreted that way. Unlike old-school medkits which have a red plus that never changes. But who knows what an actual lawyer would suggest, I'm sure Night Dive will bring it up with someone if they haven't already.

    17. Igloos on

      Yeah, toggle switch would be the simplest and most instantly-gratifying choice, though I wouldn't say no to it being unlockable, provided the prerequisite wasn't too difficult. For instance, beating the game once under any circumstances would be fine, but beating the game with restrictions, like under 2 hours and destroying every camera and only using the wrench and never taking damage- that starts getting to be way too big a challenge, and not anything the majority of players would ever manage. It's gotta be on the easy side.

    18. FlamingFirewire on

      @Richard Benson

      If the RETRO mode is considered a mode as such, making it unlock after the beating the campaign once, and giving access to a secret password (that could be used between NightDive releases) would be the easiest way to placate both ideas.

      Mind you, a toggle switch would be the most elegant, simple solution to also show off your new assets.

    19. bigolslabomeat on

      How about Retro mode is unlockable as standard (e.g. complete campaign once) BUT you add an old school cheat code, maybe Konami code, to unlock it early.

      Therefore those that want it as a reward can and those that want instant gratification can.

    20. ludo1800 on

      Retro mode "Unlockable" ? No please, noooo !
      What's the next step, making it a DLC :( ?
      Except for that, I like the way is coming...
      Keep up the good work !

    21. Loneclaw on

      You may not want to use the red cross symbol for health, as the actual Red Cross has made a fuss about that in the past.

    22. Galious on

      Is it legal to use the red cross for life or not anymore?

    23. l-vizz on

      Well, yes. Nice - but that's a very little show you posted here. Would like to see a little bit more. Animated characters, music, sound - more than doors actually....

    24. Arkam on

      @Shaun - Thanks for the update! Can't wait to see next month's progress 👍

    25. Shaun Gupta on

      @Arkam, the official answer posted in the main comments section is "Soon to GOG, just no date yet." Unfortunately, I don't think there's a way to convert a GOG copy to a Steam one at this time.

    26. Arkam on

      It keeps looking better and better!

      I have a question about the Source Port: I have the Enhanced Edition on GOG. Is the Source Port currently available on GOG? I don't see anything there. Also, if I have ED on GOG, is there any way I can get the Source Port on Steam (since I'm also a backer? <3)

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      t3mporal on

      So incredibly little to's been three months and there's...a door? And some asset can be tinted? I'm so confused by this post!

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      OttScott on

      I sooo appreciate you returning to the roots of remastering this amazing game. System Shock I has always been one of my favorite games of all time and I was increasingly worried about the newfangled version the previous team was developing. THANK YOU for restoring my faith in this project.
      Retro mode would be awesome, though I don't imaging playing with it much. I'd prefer not to have to unlock it and just have it toggle-able in the Graphics menu.
      Also, Awesome work on the System Shock: Enhanced Edition. It's wonderfully restored.

    29. Andrew Tuckett on

      "Your tearing me apart Lisa!" I mean Shodan...

    30. Shaun Gupta on

      Looking fantastic! Personally, I think it'd be more fun to make Retro Mode an unlockable after beating the campaign or easter egg you can trigger of some kind, but I could see both sides of this one. Really loving the new UI art for the HUD! Keep up the great work!