System Shock

Created by Nightdive Studios

System Shock is a complete remake of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans. Remember Citadel.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

At GDC, a "Shocking" Announcement
over 1 year ago – Wed, Mar 01, 2017 at 11:04:42 PM

A word from our Game Director.. actually a lot of words... 

Hi everyone! Jason here this time to share some really important news. As some of you may have heard (, we have officially switched our engine for System Shock to Unreal Engine 4. I know this seems like a risky move, and in some ways it is, but we’ve mitigated that risk by switching over early. To shed more light on how we reached this decision, I’ll need to go over a timeline. 

August: After listening to everyone during the Kickstarter campaign, it became clear that console support was very important to a lot of you. We took a hard look at what Unity could do on consoles, and what we wanted to achieve for both visual quality and performance. While Unity is a great engine, it was clear that we needed to use an engine that fit our project goals more closely. We took a few weeks to research various engines (mainly Lumberyard and Unreal). 

September: After the engine research and evaluating feedback on our visual style, we decided to try out Unreal and see what it had to offer. Around the same time, we needed to fill critical spots for the leads team. Recruiting takes time (actually, a lot of time, especially for the senior positions). I think we went through about 30+ interviews for various candidates from Sept-Dec. Most of the folks we selected were developers I had worked with on Fallout: New Vegas, so it made getting them up to speed on things pretty quick. 

October-December: During this time we focused on getting the nuts and bolts of the content inside of Unreal. Around the end of October, we were confident Unreal was the right way to go, but we didn’t want to announce the change just yet, since we wanted to prove to our backers (and ourselves) that we could deliver a slice of the game in Unreal with the updated visual direction. Couple that with the lengthy time recruiting/onboarding takes and we were steadily making progress towards our goal by the end of December. 

January: The next step before being ready to reveal our efforts was to establish a proper level using everything everyone had built up for Unreal. This is essentially for the “Vertical Slice” phase, but the early stages. I like using an iterative corner approach to vertical slice, meaning we would work on a small section of the vertical slice content, iterate and refine it until we were happy with the end result (typically finding problems and correcting them, tweaking things here and there, etc). Once the corner (in this case it was actually a series of rooms, a vent shaft, several hallways, and a lovable mutant named Marty) was finished, we would be ready to expand on the rest of the vertical slice content. 

February: After a lot of hard work, the corner was finally to a point we were happy with, which brings us to now! That pretty much paints a picture of where our heads were at with all of this. We didn’t make this decision lightly, and wanted to be sure we could do the game justice with this engine shift. Feel free to ask questions either in the comments or the Discord server. Let us know what you think! We want to ensure you feel we’re going in the right direction with all of this. 

- Jason Fader, Game Director


and now for the video...



Slacker Hackers for BackerKit

As promised, BackerKit is live and you can now modify your pledges, as well as invite your friends to help support this awesome reboot at                                                                   

♪ Music ♪

Hey! Jonathan Peros, Audio Director of System Shock here! We released the Polygon video, and in it an alpha (emphasized!) version of the main theme of the game. The music is very indicative of the style that we are going for, and captures what was great about 90s sci-fi but in a very modern context. I figured some of you may appreciate being able to hear the music without the SHODAN voiceover! I've loved the ability to work on such a great soundtrack and I'd love to hear what you think!

- Jonathan Peros, Audio Director/Composer


Shout Outs

Torment: Tides of Numenera

From our friends at InXile Entertainment, we wanna celebrate Torment!


"Torment: Tides of Numenera is the thematic successor to Planescape: Torment, one of the most critically acclaimed role-playing games of all time. Immerse yourself in a single-player, isometric, story-driven RPG set in Monte Cook’s Numenera universe. What does one life matter? Find your answer."

Available now:



Anew: The Distant Light 

Our very own environment artist Josh Powers is working on another exciting project. Anew: The Distant Light is an indie game currently in pre-alpha. It is being created by veteran developers Steve Copeland and Jeff Spoonhower, with an original soundtrack by Wilbert Roget II.

Please check out their Kickstarter and support another awesome project!


♥ February Update♥
over 1 year ago – Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:25:04 PM

February is here and it is time to feel the love for System Shock!
February is here and it is time to feel the love for System Shock!


♥ Project Updates

The team is working so hard this month to bring something really great to show you all next week!

In the meantime, we are headed to GDC from Feb.27th-March 3rd(, for those who may be attending look for us in these shirts:


 ♪ Audio 

This month we have something a little different to share. Audio guy Jonathon Peros has been working on something really neat with creating ambient music!


♥ Art

As always, we have some awesome art from Robb Waters and Robert Simon to share. Check out these super cool environments: 

Concept art of Citadel Station Medical Deck entrance.
Concept art of Citadel Station Medical Deck entrance.
Concept art of Citadel Station's eerie vent system.
Concept art of Citadel Station's eerie vent system.



Q: Will System Shock be Mac compatible?

A: Yes. Mac, Linux, and PC

Q: Can I upgrade my backer level? 

A: Yup, once we have BackerKit wired up and deployed.

Q: Will you be adding PayPal funding or Slacker Backer opportunities? 

A: This should be supported and available through BackerKit.

Q: Can I change my address?

A: Yes, once surveys are sent and Backerkit is up.

Q: When will Backerkit be available?

A: We are aiming to have it up in the next week!


♥ Shout Outs

Subset Games of FTL fame announced their next release - Into the Breach!


As with FTL, our very own Chris Avellone is assisting the Subset crew – he originally helped them out with encounters for the FTL: Advanced Edition. 

He’ll still be leading our narrative efforts for us, of course... at SHODAN’s insistence. 

Congratulations to the Subset team on the announcement – can’t wait!                                                                        

Please keep an eye open for another update coming next week!

Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and the System Shock Twitter.

Signing off with love

(๑╹ڡ╹)╭ ~ ♡

Karlee Meow

January Update
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 11:08:35 PM

Hello everybody, I hope your New Year has been going as well for you as it is for us!


Project Update

Everyone here is working around the clock to prep something really great for the upcoming GDC! For those who don’t know, GDC(Game Developers Conference), is the world's largest professional game industry event.

As for Vertical Slice, we are hitting that halfway mark soon, so hopefully we will have some cool new stuff to show you next update. 


Here is some updated art on our Cyborg Drone done by the talented Robb Waters!
Here is some updated art on our Cyborg Drone done by the talented Robb Waters!


Q: Will System Shock be Mac compatible?

A: Yes. Mac, Linux and PC

Q: Can I upgrade my backer level? 

A: Yup, once we have BackerKit wired up and deployed.

Q: Will you be adding PayPal funding? 

A: This should be supported through BackerKit.

Job Openings

-Lead Animator

Shout Outs

Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire by Obsidian Entertainment

The sequel to one of the highest-rated PC games of all time, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is a party-based, isometric role-playing game with a rich narrative, intricate world design, and tactical combat. Pillars II will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms.

You can check them out and help fund here:


See you next time,

(ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ Karlee Meow~

December Update
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 11:07:26 PM

Hi hi Karlee here bringing you the newest update and stealing the fun away from Jason! Now time for our Holiday Kickstarter update:  

Project Update

We are making great headway on Vertical Slice and we are out of the planning phase! Everyone here is working extra hard to create some quality content. 

In other news, CEO Stephen Kick and Game Director Jason Fader were interviewed on Gamer Weekly. 

Please check it out: 


Here is some more art from our very own Robb Waters, we present the Cyborg Surgeon:


Job Openings 

Nightdive Studios is looking to hire! So if you, or someone you know, is qualified for any of the positions below, please apply: 

  • Lead Animator 
  • Senior 3D Environment Artist 


I chose DRM free for my SS1&2 codes, can I change this? 

No, unfortunately once the code is selected for Humble DRM free or Steam you can not reverse it. 


Nightdive Studios is updating a certain game today just in time for the Steam Holiday sale! 



The new Level Editor for Turok allows users to create and modify maps, add new features, and build custom areas. Share your levels with the community and upload via the Steam Workshop! Full manual available. 

Please check out all the Nightdive sales here on Steam: 

 Stay tuned for future updates and have a Happy Holidays!


Vote for SHODAN Needing a Hug!
almost 2 years ago – Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 10:50:22 PM

Hi backers!  We're hoping all of you are having a great Thanksgiving week (those of you that celebrate it).  Some of you may have noticed the Steam sales going on, and a new awards event happening for the Autumn Sale.  There are several categories for awards, including one called the "Villain Most in Need of a Hug" award.  I'm sure we all can agree that SHODAN most certainly could use a hug.  Please show your support by voting for her if you can!

To vote, visit the System Shock 2 store page: , click on the Nominate button, and select the Villain Most in Need of a Hug option.  If SHODAN wins, we'll have a special treat for everyone...



Thanks for your support!