System Shock 2 returns after 14-year hiatus

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Are you a gamer that doesn’t have a date for Valentine’s Day this year? Looking to rekindle an old flame? Does nostalgia have a special place in your heart? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you might be happy to learn that one of the most requested classic sci-fi role-playing games is now available as a DRM-free download.

System Shock 2 was co-developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios. It launched in August of 1999 as a sequel to the original 1994 PC title. It was initially supposed to be a stand-alone game but that changed during development when Electronic Arts signed on as publisher.

The title may have been re-released much earlier if not for a legal dispute between Electronic Arts and Looking Glass Studios. A company called Night Drive Studios has since acquired the necessary rights to the title and worked with Good Old Games to re-release it as a digital exclusive.

As CNET notes, what is especially interesting is that the game’s original designer, Ken Levine, later went on to create BioShock which is considered to be a spiritual successor to the System Shock series. For what it’s worth, the third title in the BioShock series is slated for release on March 26.

System Shock 2 is available for download right now from Good Old Games. Expect to pay $9.99 for the right to download the 363 MB file and experience (or re-experience) what’s been described as one of the scariest games of all time.

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