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System Shock (2023)

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This page is for the 2023 remake. For the original game, see System Shock. For the 2015 remaster, see System Shock: Enhanced Edition.

System Shock
System Shock cover
Nightdive Studios
Prime Matter
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows May 30, 2023
macOS (OS X) Cancelled
Linux Cancelled
Metacritic 78
OpenCritic 77
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, RPG, Shooter
Art styles Stylized
Themes Horror, Sci-fi, Space
Series System Shock
System Shock (2023) on HowLongToBeat
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System Shock (2023) on Wikipedia
System Shock
System Shock 1994
System Shock 2 1999
System Shock: Enhanced Edition 2015
System Shock (2023) 2023
System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition TBA
System Shock 3 TBA

System Shock is a remake of the 1994 game of the same name. The remake was developed by Nightdive Studios and published by Prime Matter.

The development of the game started on the Unity engine and was first announced in 2015 for Windows and consoles. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Linux and macOS ports were also confirmed. In 2017, the development moved from Unity to Unreal Engine 4. The Windows version was released on May 30, 2023.

On May 21, 2024, Nightdive Studios announced that the macOS and Linux ports were cancelled.[2]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
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A pre-alpha demo was released for Windows and Linux. It was removed from official digital distribution after the switch to Unreal Engine 4 as it no longer represented the final product. A newer demo using Unreal Engine 4 was released in 2020. On February 5, 2023, a significantly updated demo was released and can still be downloaded from, Steam, and Epic Games Store.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions The game does not contain microtransactions.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\SystemShock\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/482400/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\SystemShock\Saved\SaveGames\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/482400/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


Display settings
Display settings
Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Ultra-widescreen resolutions are supported, but the image is Vert-. This can be partially compensated by increasing the Field of view (FOV) setting.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Adjustable slider: 65° to 120°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Fullscreen setting also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Scales with Texture quality setting.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA is always on. SSAA up to 200% through the Resolution scaling option is also available.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 3.1
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On/Off toggle.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.


General controls settings
General controls settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
No support for remapping the hotbar.
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker look sensitivity) and Cyberspace (Avatar look sensitivity).
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker invert look Y-axis) and Cyberspace (Avatar invert look Y-axis).
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker look sensitivity) and Cyberspace (Avatar look sensitivity).
Controller Y-axis inversion
Separately adjustable for Realspace (Hacker invert look Y-axis) and Cyberspace (Avatar invert look Y-axis).
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
No option to disable.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Prompts switch based on the last pressed button.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, Speech, Effects, Environment, UI
Surround sound
On/Off toggle.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
A licensed song, The Order Of Death by Public Image Ltd, plays during the ending cinematic.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan - #1 AI
Fan translation
Brazilian Portuguese
Official localization has font issues, use this patch to fix.

Issues fixed

Black screen

Launch the game with -ngxdisable parameter.[3]

Other information

Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings
Accessibility and Interface settings
Accessibility and Interface settings


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX, APEX PhysX v3.4.0.0, APEX v1.4.0.0
Audio XAudio v2.9

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build:[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Jigen123 on 2023-05-29
    Verified with the final version of the game.
  2. May 2024 Update - Kickstarter - last accessed on 2024-05-27
    "Unfortunately no, plans for MacOS and Linux releases of System Shock have been shelved."
  3. How to Fix Black Screen - last accessed on 2023-06-03