Though System Shock 3 is still very much in the early concept stage of development, Starbreeze Studios has already jumped on board to invest in the sequel to the legendary game series. The game is being developed by Otherside Entertainment, and headed by Warren Spector and what Starbreeze is calling the “dream team.” All of these developers have worked on the original System Shock, System Shock 2, Thief: The Dark Project, and Deus Ex.
Though Otherside has a less stellar portfolio (Underworld Overlord) than Starbreeze (Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, John Wick in VR), CEO Paul Neurath has stated they are very much looking forward to working together. According to Neurath, Starbreeze Studios “truly get games and gamers, and have been able to translate that understanding into a robust publishing business, and build thriving gaming communities around their franchises.”
The publishing company is equally thrilled to be a part of the project, investing a whole $12 million into the game. This isn’t particularly surprising, given the wild success and revolutions the original series brought, as CEO Bo Andersson-Klint points out:
“System Shock is one of those iconic franchises in the history of games that still gets my blood going and Mr. Spector is one of the founding fathers of the modern action RPG. We’re greatly looking forward to bringing System Shock 3 to players worldwide in our collaboration with Otherside Entertainment and Warren Spector’s team. I’ll be first in line to play.”
Not only worldwide, but Starbreeze has also hinted that System Shock 3 will be across platforms and explicitly mentioned that it will be coming to the PC. In case you’re worried Otherside is not getting the good end of the deal, rest assured that they’ll be getting “50% after the investment is recouped” and 100% of the System Shock 3 IP.
Are you looking forward to System Shock 3? What can a sequel do that the first two did not? How will it hold up against all the other (some much improved) games that were inspired by the original? Let us know in the comments below!