System Shock's latest gameplay trailer displays visual improvements and shows off artwork that will appear in the final version. The developers wanted to clear the confusion from previous gameplay which only contained placeholders.
Nightdive Studios have shared another trailer for their upcoming remake of sci-fi horror classic System Shock. In the latest preview, the developers wanted to clear up the confusion from the previous video which featured placeholder art and jarring textures.
The final assets now look much smoother and more polished. It includes different walls which now appear a lot more like those of the original game. Just like in previous trailers, the lightning is flashy and glowy and when combined with smoke on almost every corner, it aims for an old school sci-fi horror look.
The trailer shows the protagonist wandering through various hallways and corridors on Citadel Station. Unfortunately, no combat was shown, as the main focus was on environmental graphical improvements.
System Shock Remake landed on Kickstarter back in 2016 raising more than $1.3 million. The studio ran into some issues soon after that and put the whole project on hold. Ultimately, it appeared as if the studio had blown their entire budget somewhat prematurely.
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Fortunately, Nightdive Studios overcame the problems pretty quickly and are on track to release System Shock Remake sometime in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
For those unfamiliar with System Shock, it's a first-person shooter/horror with RPG elements, and a strong focus on stealth, atmosphere, environmental storytelling and interactivity. The original release was a further refinement of what is more commonly known as Looking Glass Studio's immersive sim genre.
It's set on a space station where players take the role of a nameless hacker who wakes up after a six-month coma. Critics praised the game as a major breakthrough in its genre thanks to its "suspenseful atmosphere" and "a fantastic storyline".