Nightdive and Prime Matter have announced that the upcoming System Shock remake has once again been delayed. The game was originally slated to launch later this month, but will now instead arrive on PC on May 30th. Release dates for the console versions will apparently be forthcoming soon.
Back in January, Nightdive said it was confident that it could meet the March release window for System Shock, citing the appointment of publisher Prime Matter and the evolution of the game's "scope and scale" as reasons. Now, however, the developer has revealed that it won't be able to meet that March deadline after all.
In a post on the System Shock Steam page, Nightdive says that although it had hoped to launch System Shock in March, that release window turned out "to be just beyond our reach; we are, after all, merely human". No further reason is given for why the game wasn't ready for release in March, but we can infer that more polish or development time was likely needed.
Nightdive never gave a specific date when it announced the March release window, but we've got one now, so let's hope the game can meet its May 30th release date deadline. Unfortunately, this date only applies to the PC version of the game; the console versions will, according to Nightdive, be arriving "in due course", and more information will be available about those versions soon.
The System Shock remake originally debuted on Kickstarter back in 2016, and has been subject to numerous delays since then. This isn't the only System Shock project that appears to have struggled during development, either; the upcoming System Shock 3 was picked up by Chinese gaming giant Tencent in 2020, and we haven't heard much about it since then, so we can only speculate as to where it might be in the development pipeline.
System Shock is due to launch on PC via Steam on May 30th. Console versions for PlayStation and Xbox will follow. Watch this space for more info.