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System Shock’s new alpha footage blends original levels with some updated looks

Selected backers get to wander around in the ‘Adventure Alpha’

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System Shock’s remade textures and environments are shown off for the first time in this look at the “Adventure Alpha” Nightdive Studios supplied late yesterday. Kickstarter backers who pledged $750 or more have been invited into the alpha to poke around; this is what they’re seeing at the moment.

In the video, one can see Nightdive is working off the original levels and even bringing in the old textures. Some environments have enhanced textures, others still have blocky and blotchy looking originals. From the update note to backers, it sounds like the Adventure Alpha is more about recreating the layout and making sure the space works (doors, key cards, etc.), with any remastered textures thrown in as a bonus sneak peek.

System Shock’s reboot was successfully funded at $1.35 million back in 2016. In February, however, the project was put “on a hiatus” while Nightdive reassessed what had been an expansive development approach to the game. An effort to find a publisher and secure more funding had not been successful, also causing the studio to reconsider its priorities. System Shock is now looking at a late 2019 or 2020 release.

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