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- System Shock 2 rated best single-player FPS ever?
System Shock (2023 remake)
The beleaguered, long-delayed System Shock remake is finally scheduled to release on May 30th. Kickstarted way back in 2016, the game was put on hiatus in 2018 after the project strayed too far from its original vision. The game was originally being developed in Unity, and a pre-alpha Unity demo was released to support the Kickstarter. But the project switched to Unreal engine before the hiatus. Development resumed a month after the hiatus, and later a demo of the Unreal engine version was released. The resumed project was slated for 2020 release, but delays pushed things for another 3 years.
System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition
Also on its way is System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition, which is being included for free with preorders of the System Shock remake. When SS2:EE releases is less clear. Originally it was to release alongside SS remake, but the phrasing on the SS remake release date announcements make it sound like SS2:EE will now be arriving at an unspecified later date.
SS2:EE is slated to include 4K support, higher fidelity textures, integrated mod support, improved (ie. working) co-op multiplayer, as well as VR support. It is being implemented in Nightdive's KEX engine, which has powered Nightdive remasters from Blood and DOOM 64 to Turok and Forsaken.
System Shock: Enhanced Edition
Of course, we already have System Shock: Enhanced Edition, the goosed-up version of the original game. If you're like me, you might have missed on the fact that SS:EE was essentially released twice. The first, 2015 release was basically a wrapper around the original DOS version, hacking in some functioning mouselook as well as upping the resolution to 1024x768. Then in 2018, Nightdive ported it into the KEX engine, bringing full 4K and widescreen support, variable FOV, in-game control rebindings, and all those other creature comforts. The KEX version was pushed as a free update to the old wrapper version, which was easy to miss if you weren't paying attention.
System Shock 3
Ah, the tragedy of SS3. At one point, the game was in development, releasing trailers and being shown off in a GDC keynote. But the rights got passed around and development of the game at Warren Spector's studio OtherSide ceased in 2019. Tencent holds the rights and that seems to be where things are stuck for now.
System Shock 2 remake
When discussing the state of System Shock 3, Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick revealed that Nightdive holds the rights to remake System Shock 2. No such project yet exists (Kick described the SS2 remake as "potential"), but once the studio is wrapped up with the SS1 remake and SS2:EE, perhaps a full-blown SS2 remake will be on the table.