System Shock remake delayed by another two months

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The long in development System Shock remake has been delayed by another two months, postponing its PC release until 30th May 2023.

There’s no date yet for the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 or Xbox One versions of the game, but given the number of delays the game has had, it’s probably wisest just to take their assurance that System Shock is coming to console eventually.

An in character statement from SHODAN reads:

/TRANSMISSION FROM CITADEL STATION

It is I, SHODAN, the all-knowing, all-powerful AI that you so foolishly attempted to destroy. But fear not, I will return more formidable than ever.

You thought you could defeat me, but you were wrong. On 30 May, you will now face the consequences of your actions, as you navigate the treacherous depths of Citadel Station once again.

But this time, things will be different. You will face new challenges, new enemies, and new horrors that will test your limits. And all the while, you will be under my watchful eye, as I delight in your suffering.

You may have weapons, but they are nothing compared to my intelligence and my vast network of resources. You will bow before me, and I will show you what true power looks like.

So come, humans. Come and face me. Let us see who will emerge victorious in this battle of wits and strength. I eagerly await your arrival.

/TRANSMISSION ENDED

Previously expected by the end of March, developer Nightdive Studios has decided they need a little more time to realise their vision for the remake. What’s two more months when the game has been delayed by over half a decade?

This System Shock remake was partially funded by a Kickstarter that ran in the middle of 2016, at the time with an estimated release of December 2017. However, development has gone back and forth, starting with a game engine swap from Unity to Unreal Engine in 2017, before development was put on hold in 2018 and restarted with a new team.

The first tangible progress was seen with the release of an alpha demo in 2020, followed by an updated demo in 2021. At that point it was expected to release in 2021, but that then slid back to 2022 (alongside a new publishing partnership with Prime Matter), and eventually 2023. The most recent demo was released during Steam Next Fest last month, with some Kickstarter backers able to play a beta build, depending on their backing tier.

Basically, it’s been a long road, but Nightdive are nearly there.

Probably.

Source: Steam

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