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8 minutes of System Shock reboot gameplay

Hello SHODAN, my old friend

Simone de Rochefort has been producing & hosting YouTube videos for Polygon since 2016. She co-directed the upcoming documentary The Great Game: The Making of Spycraft.

We got a chance to play an alpha gameplay demo of the soon-to-be-rebooted System Shock, from Night Dive Studios.

The demo takes you through the first level of the game. Night Dive Studios will be releasing this demo in tandem with its Kickstarter launch on Tuesday, June 28.

The team is making an effort to modernize the gameplay, and create a stronger feeling of isolation for the player trapped in System Shock's space station gone wrong. Night Dive has kept in close communication with fans of System Shock on forums, and hopes to please them as well as draw in new players, who might be intimidated by the 1994 original.

We wrote about the process behind reimagining System Shock last week.

The reimagining will have a heavy pedigree to live up to. System Shock inspired popular franchises like Bioshock and Dead Space, and spawned a 1999 sequel, System Shock 2.

If all goes well though, a whole new generation of gamers will grow up fearing SHODAN, as they should.