but I might create a thread in the general forum, instead of the buried topic in the subforum.) :-)
Yes, this fucking gigantic fan patch came out of nowhere, you wouldn't believe how surprised I was when reading the changelog. There are rumors that the person or team who made this (Le Corbeau) must have access to the source code of the games/engine. It is informally called the NewDark patch.
It also works for Thief 1. With this patch you don't need ddfix anymore, just install the game and this patch and play.
A lot of mods will become obsolete with this release of NewDark. And then a fucking flood of new levels and new mods will probably be released for the three games, like including new high poly models/objects, you name it.
Links, for download and reading:
and please, vote: http://www.gog.com/en/wishlist/games/system_shock_2
TL;DR: Long live T1/T2/SS2, YAY!