Aiming for “actually exceptional” VR expertise.
Nightdive Studios has confirmed its upcoming enhanced version of seminal sci-fi journey System Shock 2 will embrace a totally fledged VR mode, after the developer teased digital actuality help for the sport earlier this 12 months.
Nightdive initially introduced System Shock 2: Enhanced Version again in 2019, and whereas the studio is but to verify the precise enhancements it’s going to function on launch, we do know it’s going to embrace enhancements to co-op play and make use of the identical engine used to create its enhanced model of System Shock 1 – which added the likes of 4K help, achievements, and improved controls.
As for VR help, that was teased again in January, when, after a interval of silence relating to System Shock 2: Enhanced Version’s progress, Nightdive lastly popped up on Twitter to guarantee followers of the venture’s continued existence, and, extra surprisingly, to disclose video footage of what gave the impression to be work-in-progress VR help.
And now, talking to IGN, the developer has lastly confirmed a VR model shouldn’t be solely within the works, it is being dealt with by its personal VR-focussed improvement crew.
The studio says it initially started exploring VR for its new Enhanced Version in the course of the technique of reverse-engineering the lacking libraries for System Shock 2. When it was clear the thought was viable, the studio started improvement in earnest, drawing inspiration fromm Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx, which it says has “simply turn out to be important in creating that feeling that you just’re there”.
Nightdive’s final aim is to ship a “actually exceptional, constructed from the bottom up VR expertise” for System Shock 2: Enhanced Version, and the studio says each single-player and multiplayer modes might be absolutely playable in VR. Addtionally, cross-platform play means one particular person will be capable to sort out the challenges in VR whereas taking part in co-operatively, and one other can take part utilizing a conventional display screen on a distinct machine.
At the moment, Nightdive’s VR mode remains to be on the prototype stage and the studio anticipates it’s going to be added to System Shock 2: Enhanced Version someday after launch.