System Shock Remake

Atari has announced that it will be acquiring Nightdive Studios, the developers behind the highly anticipated remake of the classic first-person shooter, System Shock. According to Yahoo! Finance, the deal is for $20 million – $10 million in cash and $10 million in Atari shares upon closing of the offer next month.

A Natural Fit for Atari

Nightdive Studios is a veteran game development studio that has over a hundred titles under their belt, including many remasters or re-releases such as DOOM 64, Turok, and Quake – all of which are going with them over to Atari. The studio is also known for its proprietary KEX engine, which helps make older games playable on modern consoles and PC. This is one of the main factors that bolstered their value in Atari’s eyes.

“Nightdive’s proven expertise and successful track record in commercializing retro IP is well-aligned with Atari’s strategy, and I am confident that their combined talent, technology, and IP portfolio will contribute to Atari’s future success.”

Wade Rosen, CEO of Atari

What the Acquisition Means for Fans

Nightdive Studios is expected to provide Atari with the necessary expertise and resources to strengthen its position in the gaming industry and expand its reach into new markets. I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s struggled to do this for the past two decades or so. Atari and Nightdive have a long history of working together, making this acquisition feel like a natural fit.

The deal is also good news for fans of System Shock and a big win for classic gaming. Who knows which retro titles will get new releases in the future with Atari’s backing! Nightdive Studios has been working on the System Shock remake for several years, and it’s finally set to release on May 30, 2023.

A Bright future for System Shock

With the acquisition of this awesome dev team and its resources, Atari will hopefully set its focus on remastering and re-releasing a bunch of extra classic games as well as new titles. Moreover, if we could get a System Shock 2 remake, or other titles in the franchise that would be incredible.

Atari and Nightdive’s Long History

In the end, this is a significant move for both Atari and Nightdive Studios, and it will be interesting to see how the two companies collaborate to bring classic games back to life for a new generation of gamers. The future of classic gaming is bright, and this is a step in the right direction. In the meantime, you can play Metroid Fusion on your Switch via GBA on Nintendo Switch Online, so there’s plenty of retro goodness to feast on!


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