“No FREAKING way.”
Those are the words that I said out loud in the middle of a relatively quite office floor when I saw the news of a System Shock Kickstarter campaign. I’m pretty sure I made at least two coworkers around me jump a little from being started at the sudden noise.
It has been a long, long, long time…
When the original System Shock came out in 1994 I was too young to get to play it. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that gaming on a computer was a thing at that point, and was thoroughly engrossed in the family’s Atari 2600 at the time and probably didn’t even hear about this game. Several years later, when I was in highschool and more prone to toying around with the computer, I discovered this gem and promptly quit playing because I was scared.
Yea, I’ll admit it. I get scared sometimes. Let’s not make a big deal. So what? Wanna fight about it?
Didn’t think so.
It was another couple of years before I sat down and fell in love with System Shock. There’s something very satisfying to learning more about your environment through scattered clues and logs that will keep me playing a game, eagerly wanting more.
In that same vein, I am very eager for more System Shock. I’m actually surprised it’s taken so long for this to happen. So now you know why I jumped suddenly and shocked those around me (get it, SHOCKED, heh). I was about to get something that I had wanted ever so badly but then forgot about.
Nightdive Studios, hailing from Vancouver, WA has started up this campaign to do a remake of the original System Shock. They are asking for $900,000, and, a whopping four days into the campaign, they are already almost there. They need about $206k or so to fund the project with 26 days to go, so it’s looking good. Looks like I’m not the only one remembering some good times…
The team already has a playable demo, and the campaign page has several screenshots showing some high resolution love for the game. I won’t see a lot about what System Shock is actually about, because you really should know by now, but to make a long story short, think Alien meets Bioshock. Yea, I knew that would get your attention. You can check out a video of the project here:
If you are anywhere near as excited as I am about this, you’ve already got your credit card out and are ready to call into the phone lines to make your pledge. Rewards start at the $5 level which gets you a digital wallpaper pack and go up to $10,000 for your own exclusive party. Just be sure to pledge at least $25 to make sure you at least get a digital copy of the game.