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The System Shock remake from Nightdive Studios was originally funded on Kickstarter, and after delays it was eventually released on May 30th, 2023 but two platforms have been missing - Linux and macOS.

For their crowdfunding campaign, the Linux and macOS versions were a stretch-goal. The base goal for the campaign was $900,000, but they put both Linux and macOS together on a $1.1 million additional goal which was hit, as the campaign finished on around $1,350,700.

Nightdive were pretty silent on both platforms for a long time, especially after they ended up having a lot of issues actually making the game, at one point they entirely paused development on it.

In a new Kickstarter update posted May 21st, 2024 they confirmed neither versions will happen now:

Is System Shock still coming to MacOS and Linux?

Unfortunately no, plans for MacOS and Linux releases of System Shock have been shelved.

macOS is not exactly surprising, Apple are notorious for making things more and more difficult for developers. On the Linux side, it's also not overly surprising given that we have Proton now which enables the game to run with a tick of box on Steam. I even showed it previously running really nicely on Steam Deck with Proton using the demo.

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ridge May 25
A shame. Their System Shock remake is, in my opinion, really damn good. I had a lot of fun with it, as opposed to their "retro remasters" which are inferior to pretty much every free community driven source port they stand amongst as a paid product.. Suppose this reinforces their true position in the market and where their priorities are.

Last edited by ridge on 25 May 2024 at 7:19 am UTC
notinuse May 25
Well, it stinks that Nightdive backed out of their promise, but I had a lot of fun with the game last year using Proton. Looks like some updates have dropped, so I think I'll pick it up again.

Last edited by notinuse on 25 May 2024 at 12:49 pm UTC
slaapliedje May 27
I still maintain the worse offender of this was Tower 57. They have an AmigaOS4 port, but not a Linux one...

This is weird to me, since Atari bought Nightdive Studios, and they definitely are a bit more friendly to Linux than your average publisher, though it does weird me out a little that they literally have native versions of games like Yars Recharged (on the Atari VCS) but do not have a native linux build on Steam.

Last edited by slaapliedje on 27 May 2024 at 6:35 pm UTC
oschrenk Jun 12
After messaging Nightdive support multiple times and pushing for a clear answer I finally got this back today:

> Greetings from Nightdive Studios!

> Thank you for contacting us about your order. We understand that circumstances may change, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

> We regret to inform you that we can not offer a refund at this time. This is because this specific item falls under our non-cancellable/non-refundable policy.

> We understand this may be disappointing news, and we apologize for any confusion.

> ...
> Customer Support Specialist

So...if you are like me and supported the Kickstarter since they promised a macOS and Linux version, you are out of luck.

Apologizing for "confusion" makes it sound like it's my fault for believing that they would make good on their self-set goals, but OK.

I'm not sure if there is any legal way to get my money back.
DrMcCoy Jun 12
Like I said, doesn't surprise me in the least. Typical Nightdive shit.
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