System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition is still happening and has a trick up its sleeve
A tweet by Nightdive Studios shows VR compatibility in the remaster of the classic RPG
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Nightdive Studios about System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition. The remaster of the 1999 hit, System Shock 2, follows on from the System Shock: Enhanced Edition that released to great praise in 2015. Now, the North American studio has Tweeted a surprising addition to the game.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our Notifications: "Is System Shock 2 EE still a thing?"<br>Us:🐒🔧 <a href="https://t.co/nYgX0xnVBa">pic.twitter.com/nYgX0xnVBa</a></p>— Nightdive Studios (@NightdiveStudio) <a href="https://twitter.com/NightdiveStudio/status/1348348791372480513?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Showing off updated graphics and lighting for the game, the remaster will look better than its 1999 source (because of course, it will, it’s nearly 22 years later!). However, the big surprise was that it will have VR compatibility.
In the short video, we saw a mysterious dev destroying the environment and an unfortunate monkey’s face - they probably deserved it though. All of this was done with a Valve Index VR controller.
However, the clip didn’t indicate if this was a separate mode, or if it’s built into the main game, so we are going to have to wait for more Tweets from Nightdive Studios about this.
In other System Shock news, the reimagining of System Shock is still happening though the 2020 release date has now passed.
A separate Tweet from Nightdive Studios gave a glimpse at a new, cyberpunk-style inventory system with a 3D render, information, and additional descriptions available for each weapon.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How will you handle inventory management? <a href="https://t.co/Iew5P5wLbA">pic.twitter.com/Iew5P5wLbA</a></p>— Nightdive Studios (@NightdiveStudio) <a href="https://twitter.com/NightdiveStudio/status/1347291310378549248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
There’s no date for this release either, but the move to make the inventory more user friendly than previous games in the franchise is one that is likely to attract plaudits from new fans. However, this does mean that you cannot carry every gun in the game like in the past. Ammo management is an important part of shooter games after all!