The demise of System Shock 3 had lengthy been suspected, however OtherSide Leisure’s Warren Spector has now confirmed the crew hasn’t labored on the sport since 2019. In the meantime, the franchise is within the fingers of Tencent who shall be taking it ahead. Their plans are at present unknown nevertheless it looks like System Shock 3 is certainly canceled.
What occurred to System Shock 3?
System Shock 3 entered the early idea levels of improvement at OtherSide Leisure in 2015. Improvement continued over time however wasn’t with out its issues. A publishing settlement with Starbreeze hit the rocks when the writer hit extreme monetary issues and narrowly prevented closing for good. The rights to the System Shock IP have been bought again to OtherSide Leisure however the harm was carried out. At this level the core methods of the sport have been in place however content material improvement was “critically behind”. The venture wanted extra funding however no different writer got here ahead.
Improvement on the sport ceased in 2019, Spector defined in an interview with VentureBeat. This was intently adopted by a collection of layoffs as a lot of the key individuals concerned within the venture left the studio. A couple of months later, Otherside introduced Tencent can be “taking the System Shock franchise ahead”, though the brand new writer has by no means elaborated on what that may imply precisely.
OtherSide is now engaged on an “all unique” sport. Spector claims “no person’s ever seen something prefer it”. Admittedly the picture above displaying a whale in ornate gold armor is pretty distinctive. In any other case, all we all know is the sport has “an immersive world and fascinating narrative that gamers will immediately impression via their decisions and playstyles”. There’s “going to be loads of selection in what you are able to do and what we ask you to do”.
In different information, EA is at present hiring for a number of positions at their new Seattle studio, which is at present creating a “wealthy and dynamic” AAA third-person open world action RPG. Elsewhere, Hogwarts Legacy shall be taking middle stage in one other State of Play show set for later this week.