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 I know there's people out there, who don't like it, when I say, that the system Shock from 1994 is an interesting game that hasn't aged well at all. It's a game with interesting stuff in it, but at the same time it's a relic of the era when it was made: it has clunky controls, which were some what improved with the enhanced edition, ugly graphics, one of the most badly dated sound tracks done for a game and overall game play, that is a bit too convoluted for its own good with all the gimmicky virtual reality stuff.

This all brings me to the matter at hand: the people at the Nightdive studios have gotten their mitts on the rights for System Shock and are on the verge of remaking it with a bit more modern engine Unity 5. At the same time they'll be bringing the old, clunky FPS game play towards more modern approach as well as the graphics, sounds design and music as well. The rest, the story and the settings, will remain the same.

The reason I'm saying they're on the verge of remaking the game is, that they're at the Kickstarter at the moment, asking people to throw in a buck or two in order to finance their endeavour.  They're asking a hefty 900k in dollars, but as of now they've already passed 450k, having put it live  less than a day ago. So from that, I'd wager they're going to do it. But what do I yammer, here's their own trailer:


Nightdive has not only made some pretty pictures of how the remake will end up looking like, there's also a playable alpha demo of the their current work in progress. All in all, I do have to say, that the design of it feels pretty damned nice. Graphically speaking the remake takes direct influences from the original, but this time around all is modeled in more detailed fashion and the textures are in high resolution.  Also, as this is a modern game, all the characters are 3D this time around, not bitmaps.

Of course, as this is just an alpha demo done for the Kickstarter, a lot of might change to the final version, but what they have here already feels so much better than the original does. It's amazing what a difference a modern engine does.

On a side note, they're calling it a remaster, but it does feel more like a remake to me than a remaster, considering they're going to change a lot more things than just the engine with it.

If you're interested, here's the Kickstarter link.



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