Last month, developer Night Dive Studios announced that the team behind the System Shock Remake would be on hiatus to re-assess and re-focus the direction of the upcoming game. Now, the studio has revealed that System Shock is back on track but will be delayed for a 2020 release.
In an interview with PC Gamer, the folks at Night Dive has confirmed that the game is back in development. After a short hiatus, the team has re-focused their efforts and decided that the remake should stay true to the original game as much as possible.
“As we geared up and started moving forward with it, we began to run into feature creep,” Larry Kuperman, the business director of Night Dive told PC Gamer. “ All of those things like you know what would be really cool, how we might reinterpret this. Various people wanted to put their imprint on it. As this process evolved over a period of time, it grew in complexity, and it veered away from this original representation. That doesn’t mean that interpretation would’ve been bad, but it wouldn’t have been true to the System Shock vision.”
Furthermore, the guys at Night Dive were also not happy about the delayed release window but told PC Gamer that it was practical. When asked whether the extended development would jeopardize the financial standing of the studio, Kuperman said:
“No it doesn’t. We’ve also had renewed interest from some publishing partners, for who he more complex and costly game was something of a challenge for them, that this is what they were hoping we would provide and renewed their interest.”
Looking at the bright side of things, at least Night Dive did not abandon the project at all. Hopefully, the extra two years that the studio will spend in development will bring an authentic System Shock experience.