System Shock 3: Is Warren Spector’s project definitely abandoned? | Xbox One

While the famous System Shock license has become increasingly cautious in recent years, its creator Warren Spector has finally come out of his silence to clarify the current status of the System Shock 3 project, the potential third opus of the saga that began in 1994. Unfortunately, Spector’s new data shouldn’t satisfy fans as System Shock 3 might be abandoned.

Layoffs undermining development in 2020

The latest news about System Shock 3 goes back two years when the studio development team responsible for the project, OtherSide Entertainment, was completely fired. At the time, our colleagues from the Video Games Chronicle were already claiming that the game was almost buried.

Today, it was the famous designer Warren Spector, the father of System Shock or Deus Ex, who broke out of his silence in an interview with the Games Beat teams. Spector discussed the layoffs that occurred at OtherSide Entertainment during the development of System Shock 3.

“We released a statement last year. There is not much to add at the moment. Tencent takes care of the franchise. It’s up to them to say what they want to say. I can’t give you too many details.”

It is worth noting that Chinese giant Tencent took back the license rights in May 2020, but OtherSide will continue the development of the game. tremendous tools and expertise of the group while leaving complete independence to creative teams. Ultimately, it was a massive wave of layoffs that marked the collaboration between OtherSide and Tencent.

End System Shock 3 applause?

The social and health context clearly impacted Warren Spector and his teams in System Shock 3. The designer talked about the time OtherSide teams spent in futuristic FPS. At the height of development, 17 employees were working on System Shock 3, but the aforementioned staff reductions jeopardized further development.

“We worked on that in 2018 and 2019. That’s it. There was definitely a period of personal recovery. I don’t quite know how to say it. I take this personally, you know? Game development is not just a job for me. It took me a while to get my creativity back on track. And then Covid came. The world went crazy. »

These events, which took place more than two years ago, seem to have prevailed over Spector’s System Shock 3 project and motivation.

Jeff Goodsill, a veteran of Age of Empire and Nascar Racing, has joined OtherSide as general manager and will be responsible for producing the studio’s subsequent games. OtherSide is “currently working on unannounced headers as part of resident or new IP”. Spector specifically said this about his new project.

“It’s great to work on a new title and new IP with a talented team. Fans of my work already know what to expect: An immersive world and engaging storytelling where players will directly influence their choices and playstyles. It’s going to be a pretty deep game. There will be a lot of variety in what you can do and what we want you to do.”

The development of this new IP started during the Covid-19 pandemic that shook the whole world. Warren Spector was not disappointed with the context and sought to use that free time to benefit a new game project that is now taking shape.

“I started thinking about this around the time Covid hit. Imagine me sitting alone in a room with my empty hard drive finding amazing things. It sounds like a dream, but it’s not. I have a lot of ideas. I always tell people that ideas are easy. I legally have hundreds of game concepts on my hard drive, from one sentence to 20 pages. I went through a bunch of ideas and developed them to the point where I said, “No, that’s not it.” But I finally found one with a maid. »

Fans of the legendary System Shock saga will certainly be disappointed to learn that a sequel will hardly see the light of day soon, or at least under Tencent’s direction. Still, Warren Spector seems to have made up his mind and prefers to look at new and innovative projects. An understandable choice for its part, when Tencent controls the future of System Shock. Spector and Goodsill choose to keep the studio and bet on the future, thanks to new IPs we can’t wait to discover.