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System Shock reboot gets a weirdly chill new trailer

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System Shock, a true classic that's currently going through a reboot from Nightdive Studios has released a new preview trailer and it's weirdly chilled.

The chilled atmosphere comes from their choice of music. It's just thoroughly weird but also somewhat amusing. Show off a bunch of gameplay, Nightdive placed elevator music over the top and it makes for a thoroughly odd experience. Take a look below:

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We don't have an exact date for it and their recent Alpha demos have been Windows-only but it's due out proper sometime this year. This follows quite a few delays between switching game engine, a pause in development to refocus and more. Linux support is confirmed, and was actually a stretch goal during the original Kickstarter campaign back in 2016. Their campaign finished with a $1,350,700 total against the $900,000 initial goal with the Linux (and macOS) version being set at $1.1M.

At release it will be up on GOG and Steam.

On the subject of System Shock: it was getting a third entry from OtherSide Entertainment that was entirely unrelated to this reboot. System Shock 3 has since moved over to Tencent (source) so any Linux version from that is likely now not happening if System Shock 3 ever appears.

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mos 13 Jun
a generic flashy shooter then. they've got it totally wrong judging by this vid.
nothing to see here...
Boldos 13 Jun
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Oh my...
...the elevator music, which scared me through my childhood :D

(unfortunately current demo seems to be "heavily un-optimized" on Linux :( )
TimeFreeze 13 Jun
Meh, still waiting for the System Shock Enhanced Edition update. Its now 5 years since they promised that.
Swiftpaw 14 Jun
No Linux demo? That's silly.
Shmerl 14 Jun
It's still a bit annoying they caved in to demands to go back to those over-saturated colors from the original. Their first attempt at redesign was much better in my opinion but some didn't like it, since it didn't look like the original game.


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Quoting: mosa generic flashy shooter then. they've got it totally wrong judging by this vid.
nothing to see here...
Perhaps the trailer only showed action scenes and failed to capture suspense. But this is just a guess.
Quoting: TimeFreezeMeh, still waiting for the System Shock Enhanced Edition update. Its now 5 years since they promised that.

Forgive my ignorance, but with the source code released, is there something missing?

https://github.com/NightDive-Studio/shockmac

Maybe make a bug report asking for enhanced source code to be released?
TimeFreeze 14 Jun
Quoting: ElectricPrism
Quoting: TimeFreezeMeh, still waiting for the System Shock Enhanced Edition update. Its now 5 years since they promised that.

Forgive my ignorance, but with the source code released, is there something missing?

https://github.com/NightDive-Studio/shockmac

Maybe make a bug report asking for enhanced source code to be released?

I am aware that i can just play an Source Port like Shockolate. But still it makes me angry that they promised a true Linux Port for the Enhanced Edition and not delivering it.

And as said thats now 5 years since that promise. And the last update was 2 years ago.
That's hilarious. They should leave that as an option in the actual game.
mos 15 Jun
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Quoting: mosa generic flashy shooter then. they've got it totally wrong judging by this vid.
nothing to see here...
Perhaps the trailer only showed action scenes and failed to capture suspense. But this is just a guess.
Possible. But the essence of the original (which I think genre-wise was "just" a shooter after all) was the uneasy and nerve-tingling feeling of fear/dread/vulnerability and the big dark unknown staring at you from the pixelated darkness. The gung ho action in the trailer kinda strikes off most of that. Not to mention horrible bloom/neon/etc FX.
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