System Shock

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: NightDive Studios
Release Date: 2020

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'System Shock' Devs Partner With Streaming Platform Binge To Make Live-Action Series

by Rainier on Oct. 13, 2021 @ 9:44 a.m. PDT

After more than two decades, NightDive Studios are completely remaking the genre-defining classic from 1994, rebuilt from the ground up.

Originally released in 1994, System Shock ushered in a new era of action gaming. Combining a compelling storyline with innovative RPG elements, System Shock was a ground-breaking title that would influence numerous other games such as BioShock and DeusEx. Now System Shock is being redone from the ground up for today’s PC and console players.

System Shock was one of the first 3D games that took a methodical approach to exploration while revealing a story driven narrative through audio logs and messages scattered throughout the game world. It was a revolutionary step forward for the medium in a time when developers first began experimenting with interactive story telling. Nightdive has given the entirely remade System Shock the full treatment, recreating the fan-favorite title for modern players with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, revamped hacking, and a renovated Citadel Station with all sorts of new areas and secrets to uncover.

“Look at you, Hacker. A pth-pth... pathetic creature of meat and bone.”

You awaken from a six month healing coma and find Citadel Station, TriOptimum’s premier research facility, coated in blood. Mutants feast on their fellow crew mates, nightmares of flesh bound to metal roam the dark hallways, and the station's A.I., SHODAN, is aiming Citadel's mining laser...at Earth!

Players were trapped aboard Citadel Station as they fought to survive against the cyborgs and mutated crew members corrupted by a maniacal A.I. known as SHODAN, one of the most treacherous antagonists ever conceived. System Shock offered an unparalleled experience that would solidify it as one of the greatest games of all time.

Binge.com, a brand new streaming platform creating original series and shows inspired by popular video games, announced a collaboration today with Nightdive Studios to produce a live-action series based on the critically acclaimed System Shock franchise.

The live-action System Shock series will stream exclusively on Binge.com and be produced by Allan Ungar, with Nightdive’s Stephen Kick (CEO and Founder) and Larry Kuperman (Director of Business Development) serving as executive producers.

“I’ve always believed that a live-action adaptation of System Shock would be the perfect medium to retell the harrowing story of Citadel station and its rogue AI that subjects the crew to unimaginable horror,” said Stephen Kick, CEO and Founder of Nightdive Studios. “We’re very excited to see the talented team at Binge bring System Shock to life in horrifyingly real and new ways."

An immersive streaming platform led by a team of experienced content producers united by a shared passion for video games, Binge is set to launch in 2022 and will offer premium content to stream for free on any internet-connected device. Previously announced projects include a partnership with Ubisoft to adapt the Driver video game series.

Caught during a risky break-in, you become indentured to a greedy TriOptimum executive. After six months in a healing coma, you awaken to discover the surgeons are missing, the station is in disrepair, and the once-prime corporate facility now teems with mindless cyborgs, robots, and mutated beings, all programmed to serve a ruthless A.I.: SHODAN. There's scarcely time to think before it unleashes the first terror..

System Shock will have a dramatic and modern take on a musical score. Combining its root sci-fi elements with dynamic acoustic elements à la BioShock, we are striving to set System Shock apart from other more action-based shooters as an atmospheric and dark experience.

System Shock features include:

  • The Return of SHODAN: The talented Terri Brosius returns to bring her unique vocal venom to the villainous AI SHODAN
  • Hackers Gonna Hack: System Shock features a totally revamped hacking system featuring new 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) gameplay, providing new enemies and challenges
  • Familiar but… Different: Citadel Station is bigger and more terrifying than ever with all-new areas, traps, puzzles, and of course, plenty of secrets to uncover
  • The Sound of Terror: Re-recorded audio logs provide players with a drip-feed of horrifying lore as they piece together exactly what went wrong for the dwellers of Citadel Station
  • Robots and Zombies and Lasers… Oh My: Blast, smash, and occasionally flee from re-imagined enemies like angry Repair-Bots, "Hopper" Mobile Lasers, mutants, cyborgs, and all kinds of bloodthirsty monsters and aggressive automatons 

System Shock is coming to PC and Linux via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store in 2021 for $44.95.


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