System Shock remake gets new demo & trailer as pre-orders open up

Nightdive Studios is ready to give players the most complete look yet at its System Shock remake ahead of the game's launch in Summer 2021.

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Nightdive Studios’ System Shock remake has promised for years to bring players back to the seminal sci-fi action adventure that gathered a sizeable cult following since its original launch in 1994. Now, the studio seems to be in the homestretch of bringing that lofty promise to fruition. A new demo and trailer have launched for the System Shock remake, giving players their biggest hands-on look at the game yet. Pre-orders have also opened up ahead of the game’s full Summer 2021 launch.

Nightdive Studios launched the new System Shock remake trailer on its studio YouTube channel on February 25, 2021. Alongside this trailer came a new demo on Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store. The new demo invites players to have a more in-depth look at the opening chapter of the game and the unsettling sci-fi horrors they face as they contend with the malevolent AI SHODAN and her control of the Citadel Station orbital research facility.

The launch of the new trailer and demo also mark the opening of pre-orders for System Shock remake via the digital storefronts listed above. Nightdive recently teased System Shock remake pre-orders back in January offering players that get in early a free copy of its upcoming System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition to go with their purchase. With the official opening of pre-orders, players can now get in and claim that deal on their PC launcher of choice.

Nightdive’s System Shock remake has gone from somewhat vague and foggy to extremely intriguing as the studio has showed more and more of the game. Shacknews readers may remember that we engaged in a lengthy and lovely livestream with the developers back in 2020 as the team launched the Medical Bay demo. Now we’re right on the cusp of the final product.

There are still a few details up in the air at this time, such as a final set launch date. So make sure that you stay tuned to Shacknews for any new information and reveals about the upcoming System Shock remake and be sure to claim your copy soon if you want to get in on the System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition pre-order bonus.

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    February 25, 2021 9:10 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, System Shock remake gets new demo & trailer as pre-orders open up

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      February 25, 2021 7:14 AM

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        February 25, 2021 7:19 AM

        Summer 2021 release date, you say?

        https://media1.tenor.com/images/7204b076501d41a175c51246e3d76b07/tenor.gif

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        February 25, 2021 7:24 AM

        Well I'll definitely replay that. The prior release was already pretty solid.

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        February 25, 2021 7:28 AM

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          February 25, 2021 7:37 AM

          Looks like it's the same version they put out a few months ago - I'd assume the update hasn't hit yet.

          It's still very specifically labelled as "alpha build" for me.

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        February 25, 2021 9:43 AM

        The demo has updated. It's definitely much improved over the Alpha they released earlier. Well worth checking out!

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          February 25, 2021 10:06 AM

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          February 25, 2021 10:19 AM

          Holy shit, everyone should play this til they get to Cyberspace at least. It's frigging awesome!

          The visuals, the music, the six-DOF gameplay, all of it. I love the way you see the level resolve itself out of the digital noise in front of you.

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            February 25, 2021 10:20 AM

            Oh shit, they out cyber space in? Any good?

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            February 25, 2021 10:23 AM

            Awwww shit!

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            February 25, 2021 10:26 AM

            But it's not VR, right?

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              February 25, 2021 10:45 AM

              Not in this demo, at least. But they are doing System Shock 2 in VR. That was just recently confirmed.

              It wouldn't surprise me too much if this SS1 remake also got VR eventually.

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                February 25, 2021 11:09 AM

                SS2:EE that you get when preordering this? Or another SS2?

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                  February 25, 2021 11:54 AM

                  I don't know if they're going to sell it separately, but it's based on that new source port, yet.

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        February 25, 2021 10:26 AM

        H0ly feek!!!!!

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        February 25, 2021 10:48 AM

        what is system shock, is it like DOOM? where is the rocket launcher?

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          February 25, 2021 11:06 AM

          No, it’s an immersive sim.

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          February 25, 2021 11:11 AM

          It's a survival horror first-person role-playing game, with shooting elements. It's also got strong "immersive sim" roots. It plays similarly to all of these more contemporary games:

          Prey (the Arkane one)
          Bioshock
          Deus Ex

          If the remake goes as crazy as Prey did with user customization, you might be able to spec you character so it eventually plays like DOOM. But don't count on it.


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          February 25, 2021 11:37 AM

          It’s one of them vidjya games the kids are playing nowadays.

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          February 25, 2021 3:31 PM

          it's like DOOM except more of a focus on snooty pew pew and doesn't have the RPG elements or the story from DOOM

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        February 25, 2021 11:02 AM

        This demo is MUCH better than the alpha previously provided. I actually have interest/hope for this game now!

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          February 25, 2021 11:08 AM

          Oh and the game runs great (had no need for dlss, barely uses 30% of my gpu), the new clean geometry + lighting + pixel textures as you get up close actually works. The art style lends VERY well to ULMB mode if your monitor supports it. Details pop. Probably looks amazing on an OLED as well.

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            February 25, 2021 11:24 AM

            Is there ray tracing or just DLSS? Cuz DLSS seems negligible on modern cards unless there is ray tracing enabled.

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              February 25, 2021 11:38 AM

              I only see DLSS. Maybe the plugin is just easy to enable so they tossed it in as a good alternative to the Unreal blurry-AA and we will get some Rt effects later?

              I compared AA, DLSS, No-AA. It's minimal difference but I still prefer small jaggies with no blur: https://imgur.com/a/MDWdsEm

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              February 25, 2021 11:56 AM

              I haven't seen any evidence of ray tracing. There is modern volumetrics and screen space reflections and it looks good, but I haven't seen anything that suggests it's ray tracing.

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                February 25, 2021 3:27 PM

                If there was ray-tracing, they would be shouting it from the hilltops. That's not a feature you just quietly slip in.

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        February 25, 2021 3:36 PM

        I just finished the demo. As someone who has played the original recently, this is exactly what I'd want from an update.

        It looks great, it sounds great, and I'd still be playing if there was more to play.

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      February 25, 2021 9:48 AM

      i am thinking it may be best to wait for the next Epic Sale coupon deal to get $10 off

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        February 25, 2021 10:43 AM

        Do those replenish or something? I've only ever gotten 1.

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          February 25, 2021 10:45 AM

          Yeah, every time you use one, they give you another.

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      February 25, 2021 9:48 AM

      lol ANOTHER demo. Yay.

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        February 25, 2021 1:31 PM

        Yup. We're 4.5 years in the hole on this, and still just demos. Become very jaded on this.

        And hell, I chose the Xbox version way back when we were given a choice.

        Console versions aren't even really mentioned any more.

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