PS4 Release Confirmed for Classic FPS System Shock's Remake

Its ongoing crowdfunding campaign has already raised more than $1 million.

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When the crowdfunding campaign for a remake of classic first-person shooter System Shock began, only PC and Xbox One versions were confirmed. Now, with a week still to go and its funding goal having already been met, developer Nightdive Studios has announced a PS4 version is also coming.

"When we launched this Kickstarter, supporting PS4 was a possibility, but we hadn't started talking to Sony just yet about it," project director Jason Fader wrote in a Kickstarter update. "We were all focused on wrapping the demo up and prepping the Kickstarter. We already had strong contacts at Microsoft from prior projects, so supporting Xbox One was less of an unknown.

"After we saw the overwhelming demand for PS4, we reshuffled our priorities and focused on talking to Sony about making that happen. After a few weeks and lotttts of emails, we are officially on track for bringing System Shock to the PS4!"

Fader goes on to state the platform isn't being offered if a stretch goal is met, as is the case with Linux and OS X versions--it's simply coming to PS4 without qualification.

"We're adding it in as a thank-you to our backers that put their faith in us," he said.

Nightdive is hoping this helps to drive more money to the crowdfunding campaign, which has raised almost $1.1 million as of this writing with a week still to go. Remaining stretch goals include additional locations, an expanded narrative, a full orchestral score, more death cinematics, and other features.

"Supporting more platforms will cost us more time/money since ensuring a game functions smoothly and relatively bug-free is different from platform to platform," Fader said. "The more we're able to raise, the better the game will be. Please tell your friends about us, share this news about the PS4 support, and help us make the amazing game you all want."

On the PlayStation Blog, Fader said the game will arrive for PS4 "around Q1 2018," although crowdfunded games from other studios have frequently taken longer than expected. A demo of the game is currently available for free on PC that you can check out right now.

Plans for the remake were first unveiled last year after Nightdive secured the rights to the series. The original System Shock was released in 1994 by Looking Glass, employees of which eventually formed BioShock developer Irrational Games.

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Never did play the first, but System Shock 2 made me jump out of my skin, and I was such a wuss back when it came out that I couldn't play it longer than an hour. Looking forward to this and hopefully the sequel remaster as well. Good stuff

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Played the originals on pc back in the day and still have them and a 486dx2 50 pc stored away haha. The first game (1994) is to this day the only game that scared me and made me really think about my actions and the sound the bad guys made when they saw me is still not forgotten!

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Never played the game, have always heard nothing but good things about it, and would really love to play it. PS4 is my first playstation system ever, and I'm happy that I finally bought one, been enjoying the system a lot!

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Why does the textures look so blocky in demo.?

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@ps3gamer1234: Really? I've seen game play on YouTube that looked pretty well polished to me. I thought it looked great

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@ps3gamer1234: it's a pre-alpha proof of concept demo - it's really just to give a flavor of the type of ambiance, artistic direction, and mechanics they are working on for the game

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I didn't play the original and have no idea what this is about.

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@louixiii: This is the game that became the inspiration for Deus Ex and Bioshock.

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@gamefreak215jd: Bioshock I liked. Deus Ex..I can't stand. I don't know what to think about this lol

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@louixiii: Part first person shooter, part survival horror. The original is a contemporary of Doom, but System Shock is waaay more complex a game.

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@Mogan: I like DOOM

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@Mogan: many more RPG elements as part of that complexity too

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@xantufrog: It's been a long time, but I don't think I'd say System Shock 1 has any RPG in it. I don't remember there being any real customization of your character, or significant choices or consequences. As I recall, you pretty much get everything in terms of upgrades and items, and never really have to pick between A or B. I remember all the RPG elements being new features in System Shock 2.

But there's a lot about System Shock 1 I've probably forgotten.

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@Mogan: Hm, I suppose it is closer to Bioshock's flavor than SS2 which had a pretty distinct RPG flare to it. Although to be fair, the line is pretty blurry on where living out a plot in a fairly open and emergent design with lots of gadgets and mechanics (SS) ends and RPG starts

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I'm just hoping they make it work for the new gen. Sometimes trying to make an old game new doesn't work too well. Sometimes it's best to not revisit your childhood heroes.

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2018? wtf

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@silversix_: They've just barely started working on the game. It should be ready by then.

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@silversix_: yeah it actualy takes real world time to make a game. amazing aint it

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@spiddyman007: Wow! That was a little harsh for no reason whatsoever. (o.O) Maybe you got your period?!

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@spiddyman007: Not wrong though.

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Good news I suppose but I really don't think it will be very good after we got Bioshock. To each his own, enjoy it folks. Jammin

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Cool. SS1 is still a surprisingly good game, despite its age.

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At least we no PS4 is been supported still. :P Yes I have one be for you start and a X1 and PC.

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Good for PlayStation fans, this game is worth playing for sure.

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Edited By sbnewsom

Que the endless comments of people bitching about how the Pre-Production demo is very unoptimized and is a pile of crap and shouldn't be funded.

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@sbnewsom: How easy to just copy and paste that now.

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@sbnewsom: Lets hope that doesnt happen.

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@sbnewsom: It's actually pretty good.

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