Many credit System Shock as being a turning point in first-person adventure games. Many fans hoped that the series would eventually make a return, but for the longest time it seemed lost to obscurity as games inspired by the System Shock series became prominent.
This all changed when Night Dive Studios revealed that it was working on a remake of the original System Shock. Now, the studio has released the first screenshots and concept art of the remake to give fans a better idea of what to expect.
In an exclusive with Polygon, Night Dive Studios has revealed several location shots from within the game. They are all locations from the original System Shock, and Polygon presents them so people can make a direct comparison between the locales in the original game and the same locales in the remake. A few pieces of concept art have also been revealed as well.
Have a look, below:
The look of the game in the released shots is encouraging, especially since it seems to focus on updating the look of the original without making drastic changes to the layout or environment. Night Dive has a lot of respect for the original System Shock games, and is actually the company behind the reissue of both System Shock and System Shock 2. They are also working with Robert Waters, the concept artist for the original games, to make sure that the various elements of the new games match up with what was designed for the original System Shock.
The screens from the System Shock remake should get a lot of fans excited because they show that the developer of the game is really interested in more than just the original's name. The pictures will likely fuel the fire of those who are hoping for a possible System Shock 2 remake down the line, especially since Night Dive is reportedly discussing the possibility of a System Shock 3 with various publishers. Even if no other games are made after this one, fans should be fairly satisfied with the results.
There are certainly those who have reservations about the System Shock remake, which is understandable... there have been a lot of games in recent years that fall short of what the hype makes it out to be. That might not be the case this time, though, since the developer in question seems to be going the extra mile to keep the game on par with the original. Only time will tell whether they succeed, of course.
No release date has been announced for the System Shock remake yet, but we'll let you know when that changes.