System Shock's final demo is now available ahead of its summer launch

Nightdive's System Shock Remake Has Arrived So Far

It's been a long and winding road for the future of the System Shock series, but at least in the case of Nightdive Studios' remake, the end is in sight. Along with announcing a summer 2022 launch, the developer has released its "final demo" for the System Shock remake on Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store.

I've been playing the demo for a while (it's code for "I played it until I was wiped out by cybernetic monsters"), and the latest version is visibly scarier and looks more elaborate than I remember from the last recording. I didn't expect to be so pissed off in broad daylight with a save file that I'm not going to keep.

Here's what's new in the final "full feature" demo:

  • Cyberspace level
  • Crew audio logs
  • Audio SHODAN
  • Dismemberment
  • Proximity mines
  • Insects
  • enemies
  • Generative Music System
  • Snacks
  • Save Feature
  • Rating system
  • Difficulty Modes
  • Destructibility
  • DLSS support
  • Night Dive Intro
  • Secrets

Presentation matters, especially in a new take on a brooding classic, and I can see myself settling into some horrible nights at Citadel Station this year. I also dig the appearance of the difficulty selection screen.

In the most difficult setting, "If you die in the game, you die in real life."

"Our development path has been bumpy (to say the least)," Nightdive Studios said in a Kickstarter support update, "but ultimately what you play is the vision and the experience we set out to create and the adversity and challenges we faced along the way only made the end game better. The team has evolved and grown considerably and we hope that the final product will meet your expectations.

Pre-orders for the System Shock Remake opened today at regular PC stores - the game is $45, and as a first-time buyer you'll also get a copy of System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition when it comes. will be ready.

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