One of the most terrifying games of the 90’s (that pretty much means ever) is about to make a comeback. System Shock 2, the cult classic action/RPG/horror title and spiritual predecessor to Bioshock, is on its way to GOG.com and the Steam digital distribution platform.
Sources recently told FleshEatingZipper that thanks to some legal wrangling and behind-the-scenes deals, a port of the game was possible:
“According to our sources, a ‘new development/publishing studio will be handling the release’, spearheaded with a new digital release of System Shock 2 on GOG within days, the perfect starting point for any classic PC gaming connoisseur. A Steam release is said to follow
within the next monthat a later, undetermined date.”
The publication later found out the Night Dive Studios is probably responsible for the port. They’re apparently an indie studio that also specializes in reviving forgotten PC classics. Pricing has not yet been revealed for this release, but much like the system requirements, it probably won’t be very high.
For those not in the know, System Shock 2 released in 1999 and was developed by Looking Glass Studios (Thief series, Ultima Underworld) and Irrational Games (Bioshock series). The game was critically lauded for its terrifying atmosphere, deep gameplay and tight, involving narrative. It took place on a deep space ship called the Von Braun, upon which the hero woke from cryo-sleep and had to fight off infected crew members as well as a malicious AI program named SHODAN, who went on to become one of the most beloved and memorable villains in all of gaming.
If you don’t mind dated visuals and are okay with rather complex and difficult gameplay, System Shock 2 comes highly recommended. Keep refreshing the GOG.com homepage in the next few days, because your system could definitely use this shock.