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System Shock reboot is getting help from Obsidian Entertainment co-founder

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The new System Shock has a bunch of old-school names attached

System Shock, Night Dive Studios' modern take on the classic sci-fi role-playing game, opened for crowdfunding today. The game's Kickstarter page reveals several new details about the project, including that designer Chris Avellone has joined the project. The former Obsidian Entertainment and Interplay member, whose credits include Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment and Fallout: New Vegas, will "help shape and direct the existing narrative of System Shock," according to Night Dive.

Avellone's experience with more modern open-world games was cited as a key reason for bringing him onto the project. He'll join other members of the Fallout: New Vegas team on the project as well. It's one of several reboots Avellone has in the works — he recently announced he's working on the next Prey, which Bethesda debuted at this year's E3.

While System Shock is based heavily on its 1994 predecessor of the same name, Night Dive recently dropped "Remastered" from the title, insisting that the upcoming Xbox One and Windows PC game is more of a "reimagining" of the original game. A glimpse of how the game has changed is offered in a PC demo made available today alongside the Kickstarter campaign. It's a free download for anyone, not just backers; you can watch us run through it below.