After an unsure interval wherein it appeared System Shock 3 may be dead within the spacewater, it’s apparently now saved. Developers OtherSide Entertainment have introduced that megahuge publishers Tencent “shall be taking the System Shock franchise ahead,” which is… imprecise and barely ominous, however promising? It’s not but clear what precisely this association means and who’s doing what, nevertheless it appears the chances are good that sure, you’ll once more get to get pleasure from Shodan berating you for the weak spot and imperfection of your flesh.
“We are completely happy to announce that Tencent shall be taking the System Shock franchise ahead,” OtherSide mentioned in yesterday’s statement. “As a smaller indie studio, it had been difficult for us to hold the undertaking on our personal. We imagine Tencent’s deep capabilities and experience as a number one recreation firm will deliver the franchise to new heights.”
Which doesn’t actually clarify who’s now making System Shock 3. Ah, we’ll hear extra in time.
The recreation’s destiny had been in query for a number of months, following experiences that the dev staff had misplaced a good few people, together with the previous author, lead programmer, and design director. The circumstances of all that had been unclear, and OtherSide didn’t reply after I requested on the time.
So, right here’s one other digipie Tencent have their finger in. They are huge, proudly owning bits and items of so many builders in addition to making and publishing their very own video games. They totally personal Riot Games and Funcom, have most of Path Of Exile devs Grinding Gear Games, purchased 40% of Epic Games, and maintain smaller shares of corporations from Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft to Paradox Interactive and PlatinumGames. They undoubtedly have the sources to make a brand new System Shock.
Nightdive Studios, who personal the System Shock rights and are at the moment remaking the primary recreation, have clarified a little bit of the Shock authorized background. “OtherSide licensed sure rights from us to make sequels. Those rights have now been transferred to Tencent,” OtherSide advised cheery RPS fanzine PC Gamer. “Nothing about that switch in any method impacts our possession.”
It continues to be a bit bizarre that SS3 is being made. I do considerably agree with previous man Kieron Gillen, who wrote in a 2009 tribute to Shodan, “There’s by no means going to be a System Shock 3. We actually must be glad.” Maybe we should always let sleeping AIs lie. We have declared System Shock 2 among the best RPGs however possibly that’s good cause to depart or not it’s. Oh expensive, I’ve taken a melancholy flip.
The final we noticed of System Shock Three was this in September 2019:
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