The original System Shock was a huge creative hit back in the mid-1990s, and now some of the team that created the cyberpunk classic is looking to bring it back to life in a big way.
Nightdive Studios, along with some of the original game’s creative team, have launched a Kickstarter to create a reboot of the original game — using modern technology to create a new version of the game “as you remember it,” basically trying to build a new version from the ground up that can actually live up to your rose-tinted nostalgia. It’s an interesting pitch, and considering how beloved this game was back in the day, there are likely more than enough fans willing to kick in and make it a reality.
The game was a simple, but elegant, pitch: Players were trapped aboard Citadel Station as they fought to survive against cyborgs and mutated crew members corrupted by a maniacal A.I. called SHODAN. It wasn’t the first action RPG, but it was one of the first to really get the formula right. For the remake, the team is looking to raise $900,000, and they’re well on the way just a day or so into the campaign.
The developer has already dropped a playable demo on Steam as a proof of concept, and not surprisingly, it looks pretty cool. If you’re looking to kick in and make this thing a reality, you can still score a digital copy for $30, or a physical copy in a special steel case for $75. Not cheap, but hey, you can’t put a price on nostalgia, right?