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System Shock 2 coming to GOG and Steam soon

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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 month at 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.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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