A System Shock TV Show Is In The Works

Nightdive Studios, current custodian of the System Shock IP, has confirmed that a TV show based on the sci-fi horror shooter is in production

Published: October 14, 2021 8:55 AM /


SHODAN in a banner image for the new System Shock TV show

Nightdive Studio has revealed that a System Shock TV show is in the works. The show is being developed in conjunction with the streaming platform Binge. Much like the upcoming System Shock 3, the new show doesn't have a release date yet.

What do we know about the System Shock TV show?

The System Shock live-action show was announced via the official Binge Twitter page, as well as by Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick. Supposedly, it'll focus more on the events of the original game than on the more widely-known System Shock 2, although Binge says "elements" of that sequel will be present in the show. Kick, alongside Nightdive's Larry Kuperman, will serve as executive producer on the show. As far as we know, none of the original System Shock creative team is involved in the show's production.

A shot of the System Shock remake in development at Nightdive Studio
Like Nightdive's upcoming remake, the System Shock TV show will focus on the events of the first game.

Binge content officer Allan Ungar says System Shock is one of his favorite gaming IPs, and that the franchise has "been on [Binge's] list since day one". Ungar also says that you shouldn't be worried about Binge's show toning down System Shock's graphic body horror; the goal, according to Ungar, is to "stay true to the games", which involves "mature content". Ungar says nobody has yet been cast in the show, but that the creative process for System Shock will include a writer and a director who will "excite the fans". Expect more info in the coming months.

What else is going on in the world of System Shock?

Right now, all is relatively quiet in the world of System Shock. Work on Nightdive's remake of the first game appears to be progressing; the studio recently posted a Kickstarter update in which it showed off some of the new assets for areas and enemies in the game. The studio also shared a new render of a Rumbler model for its upcoming System Shock 2 remaster. We still don't have a release date for Nightdive's remake, though; the demo has been available to play since May last year, and although Nightdive originally predicted a release date of "late summer" 2021 for System Shock, that time has come and gone with no release date in sight.

The player looking at some displays in System Shock 3
Despite work seemingly being slow on System Shock, it seems to be doing better than System Shock 3.

Work on the upcoming sequel System Shock 3 seems to be moving at a much slower pace, if at all. Original developer Otherside Entertainment announced back in May last year that Chinese giant Tencent would be taking over development after Otherside found working on the game "challenging". Despite this, Otherside is still apparently involved in development. A dispute subsequently arose concerning who owns the rights to the System Shock IP; Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick seems to think his company owns it, but Tencent hasn't shown any indication that it will be changing System Shock 3's name. Then again, Tencent hasn't said much about the game at all since its acquisition last year, so perhaps new plans are in the works. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it.

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