A teaser trailer premiered at Unity’s GDC 2019 press conference has offered the first sight of System Shock 3 since its initial reveal four years ago.
The third instalment of the hugely influential action-adventure franchise appears to have had a somewhat troubled inception. It got caught up in publisher Starbreeze’s ongoing struggle to survive and, on 11 February, Starbreeze announced that it had sold the publishing rights for the game back to its developer OtherSide Entertainment.
But System Shock 3 is still highly anticipated: it is being helmed at OtherSide by industry legend Warren Spector, who worked on the original System Shock, Deus Ex, Epic Mickey and Thief. In a February 13 update on the game’s progress, OtherSide Entertainment said: “We have very much enjoyed working with Starbreeze on System Shock 3. They’ve been a great partner. However, in light of Starbreeze’s current situation, we decided together that it would be best for us to go our separate ways for now. We wish them the best of luck.
“OtherSide is rolling forward with System Shock 3. Warren Spector has built a great team and the game is more than halfway completed. At its core, it already feels like a System Shock game, while at the same time introducing new elements to the franchise. As the original creators of the game, we want to see this game made as much as our fans do.”
Spector added: “We parted ways with Starbreeze (amicably), which means we are in the process of lining up a new publishing partner. Happily, given the pedigree of System Shock and the progress we’ve made so far there’s already a lot of interest. Has the situation affected development? Not really. The team is still, as we say, ‘psyched and cranking’ – in other words, continuing as normal. I’m confident we can bring System Shock 3 to market and have it take its place as a leading title in the immersive simulation genre.”
OtherSide Entertainment hasn’t yet given any information as to when System Shock 3 might be released. But to keep up with the latest System Shock 3 news, watch OtherSide Entertainment’s website.