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System Shock's latest teaser shows off how far the reboot has come

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Nightdive has released a new, seven-minute-long teaser for its upcoming System Shock Remake.

Entitled "Research Teaser Trailer", the new video asks "how can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?" and – predictably enough, given its title – takes us through the research section of the Citadel Station. 

It's our first detailed peek at the game in action for some time, and includes both exploration and combat within the trailer, ending with a frantic fight with a gigantic robot. 

Here, take a look for yourself (thanks, Eurogamer):

The news came courtesy of a "bonus update" from developer Nightdive Studios earlier this week, which only two days ago (opens in new tab) also provided a glimpse at some curious concept art and detailed how the team "fleshed out the Citadel Station".

There's still no specific release date for the remake, and it's still marked as summer 2021 (that's Q3 for those of you in the southern hemisphere) on Steam. However, pre-orders for System Shock are now live, and "anyone who pre-orders System Shock remake will receive System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition for free (opens in new tab) and all Kickstarter/Backerkit backers who backed at the $30 level or higher will also be receiving SS2:EE for free," the developer said. Pre-orderers will also be able to play the game's "final demo", too.

ICYMI, System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition will include VR support (opens in new tab), as Nightdive recently confirmed with a brief clip of VR gameplay. The clip shows one developer using the motion controls on a Valve Index VR joystick to attack one of the game's iconic Blue Monkeys with a wrench.

As for the beleaguered third installment of the franchise? Our last update was in May 2020, when System Shock 3 developer OtherSide Entertainment announced that publishing giant Tencent "will be taking the System Shock franchise forward (opens in new tab)".

As we reported at the time, while OtherSide's announcement was vague, many assumed this meant a total buyout. However, Nightdive Studios' CEO Stephen Kick subsequently confirmed on Twitter that Nightdive still owned the System Shock franchise and IP itself. 

Nightdive Studios is also re-releasing System Shock 2 (opens in new tab), too. 

Looking for something new to get stuck into while you wait? Here are the best PC games (opens in new tab) right now.

Vikki Blake
Weekend Reporter, GamesRadar+

Vikki Blake is GamesRadar+'s Weekend Reporter. Vikki works tirelessly to ensure that you have something to read on the days of the week beginning with 'S', and can also be found contributing to outlets including the BBC, Eurogamer, and GameIndustry.biz. Vikki also runs a weekly games column at NME, and can be frequently found talking about Destiny 2 and Silent Hill on Twitter.