For some time now, followers of System Shock have been trying ahead to the discharge of remasters of the sport and System Shock 2: Enhanced Version. Developer Nightdive Studios introduced the System Shock 2 remaster in 2019, and stated there could be plans for the sport to obtain a VR mode.
Now, Nightdive has revealed that the remastered System Shock sequel is receiving a playable VR mode for the sport’s launch. Nightdive decided that System Shock 2 has the potential basis for the digital actuality options, and is capitalizing on this to create a playable VR model of the remaster.
The concept got here to Nightdive’s consideration whereas the developer was within the means of going by the sport’s framework. In accordance with Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick, the choice for a playable VR mode for System Shock 2 emerged whereas the developer was within the means of reverse-engineering the “lacking libraries” for the sport. Kick stated the concept of a “standalone VR model” got here round then, and the studio introduced in a VR skilled to check out the sport and allow them to know what they had been working with.
Utilizing the skilled’s enter, the developer was made conscious that System Shock 2 has the blueprint for a working VR mode, however the developer is doing greater than making it an add-on. Reportedly, Kick stated that the playable VR mode will probably be a fully-fleshed out characteristic of the sport and the studio is constructing the remaster’s VR expertise from the bottom up. System Shock 2’s VR mode may even be totally appropriate with its multiplayer mode, so gamers can play collectively in System Shock’s sci-fi horror setting.
By cross-platform play, the sport’s co-op mode may be performed in VR too, with one participant utilizing VR and one other utilizing a PC to play the sport collectively. One of many causes Nightdive is growing a devoted VR mode for System Shock 2: Enhanced Version is the immersive component it will possibly deliver to taking part in the sport. Kick talked about that in VR “you are the one truly swinging the weapons, you are reloading [the guns] your self.”
It is the private component VR brings to the desk that would improve the general gameplay expertise. To assist accomplish this, Nightdive has been learning different VR video video games which have come out in recent times to assist make the VR mode. Notably, Half-Life: Alyx launched final yr, which the developer cites as an enormous inspiration for the remaster’s VR mode.
Presently, the VR mode for System Shock 2: Enhanced Version is within the prototype stage, so it would not be launched with the remaster or the System Shock remake.
System Shock 2: Enhanced Version will launch for PC, however at present has no launch date.