Kickstarted games have been under fire recently after several high-profile Kickstarters disappeared or halted before making it to market and the somewhat anticlimactic release of the crowdfunded Mighty No. 9. Despite the bad press that these disappointments have garnered Kickstarter, Nightdive Studios has managed to attract almost 22,000 backers and $1.35 million in funds to remake the original System Shock title using the latest version of Unity. And you know what? Their vision for a reborn System Shock looks pretty fantastic.
Nightdive is relatively well-known for the way it has revived and updated classic franchises to be compatible for modern technology. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, System Shock 1 & 2, and Turok 1 & 2 are all available in their original condition (with some compatibility updates) on modern PCs thanks to their work. Not only that, but the studio has contributed to several high-profile releases like Fallout 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and BioShock Infinite.
As part of generating interest in their campaign, Nightdive released a pre-alpha demo that captures the look and feel of the game they want to make, though it comes with a stipulation that pretty much every aspect of it is subject to change. you can download the demo for free on Steam, Good Old Games, and the Humble Store.
It's actually happening, and it seems to be in the hands of people who know how to treat old, well-loved properties right. The System Shock remake will be available initially for PC and Xbox One, but will also be coming to Mac and Linux. Nightdive has left open the possibility of bringing the title to PlayStation 4 and VR devices.
For those who still want to get in on the fundraising, Nightdive is opening up the campaign to PayPal donations (though the page on which people can donate is still under construction). Certain stretch goals from the Kickstarter will carry over into ongoing fundraising efforts, too, like VR support, a full orchestral score, and more. Those who donate during the post-Kickstarter fundraising will likely get different backer rewards that have yet to be revealed.