Despite being a forebearer to the first-person shooter/horror style that the likes of BioShock dropped at reputation, the System Shock franchise has been in shambles for some time. Multiple remake makes an attempt of the originals exist, together with a 2017 Kickstarter that’s been placed on maintain and restarted a number of instances, although supposedly slated for a 2020 launch. Meanwhile, the continued mainline franchise is being pushed ahead by developer Otherside Entertainment, the studio operated by Paul Nemeth and Warren Spector which have just lately tried getting the panned Kickstarter project Underworld Ascendant off the ground. System Shock 3 was introduced way back with Swedish studio Starbreeze because the deliberate writer however plans apparently change because it now seems that Chinese conglomerate Tencent is helping to get System Shock out the door according to a series of tweets by Otherside. This matches up with reviews earlier this yr that issues is perhaps altering arms.
half of We are completely satisfied to announce that Tencent will likely be taking the #SystemShock franchise ahead.
— OtherSide Entertainment (@OtherSide_Games) May 20, 2020
In case you aren’t conscious of Tencent: The company has its hands in multiple gaming pies, together with being the bulk proprietor of League of Legends creator Riot in addition to being a giant mover and shaker within the cell video games enviornment. As stated by Otherwise on social media, “As a smaller Indie studio, it had been challenging for us to carry the project on our own. We believe Tencent’s deep capabilities and expertise as a leading game company will bring the franchise to new heights.” Joining armies with Tencent is definitely one method to get round fixing your recreation’s funding points and never having to as soon as once more go the route of Kickstarter when your studio has already failed on a earlier backer-supported undertaking.
The chain of occasions stemming from Starbreeze Studios and its financial troubles, (which result in Otherside shopping for the System Shock 3 publishing rights) resulting in Tencent getting concerned occurred fairly quick. Still, it leaves questions as to what the character of Tencent’s involvement is and if Otherside was going to be unable to get System Shock 3 out the door with out help. Is it easy crusing for the studio now? is Tencent going to “take the System Shock franchise forward” as stated within the tweet? Only time will inform.