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On 5/11/2020 at 8:05 PM, ManUtdRedDevils said:

Tencent owns gaming at this point. 


On 5/12/2020 at 12:32 PM, Brick said:

All hail our new Chinese overlords. 


Tencent officially takes control of System Shock 3

Otherside Entertainment has now confirmed that Tencent has taken over development of System Shock 3, but NightDive Studios still owns the property.

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19 hours ago, ManUtdRedDevils said:

Tencent Strikes again!  


19 hours ago, Emperor Diocletian II said:

Who the hell does Tencent think they are?  THQ Nordic?!?


2 hours ago, jaethos said:

Tencent usually only buys portions of companies, THQ Nordic buys whole companies. So they aren't quite as committed. 


Or maybe not!

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OtherSide Entertainment stopped work in 2019, Spector confirms.





Warren Spector's OtherSide Entertainment stopped work on the highly anticipated System Shock 3 in 2019, Spector confirmed in a recent interview with GamesBeat. The announcement definitively ends hopes that Spector's studio might still be working with new publisher Tencent on the follow-up to the 1994 PC gaming classic and its 1999 sequel.


The System Shock 3 project was first announced way back in 2015. Spector—known for producing the original System Shock as well as his work on Deus Ex, Thief, and Epic Mickey—made a splash in 2016 when he left academia to return to game development and joined the team at OtherSide Entertainment to work on the planned sequel.


But the project started to show signs of trouble in early 2019, when OtherSide had to buy back the publishing rights to the game from Starbreeze Studios. Though OtherSide was able to show a public demo of System Shock 3 later that year, by early 2020, the entire development team was reportedly "no longer employed" by OtherSide.



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That's too bad, but sounds like it didn't get fully off the ground to begin with. Hopefully, if Warren Spector is up for it, his "all-original" immersive sim game can be fulfilled now.


Now if the System Shock remake is dead as well, then that would be a shame. I played System Shock 2 a few years ago for the first time, loved every minute of it, and could definitely see where Deus Ex got a lot of its inspiration, and design elements from. Would like to see Nightdive fulfill the remake.

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12 hours ago, AshsToAshs said:

Too bad. At least the System Shock remake from Nightdive is looking pretty good and should be coming out this year.


Nightdive is teaming up with Koch Media's new Prime Matter division to bring the game out next year.


Oh damn, I had no idea about this. Thats pretty cool.

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I feel like Tencent developing a System Shock game is a little outside their wheelhouse.  I know they own a piece of about every gaming company on the planet.  But their wholly owned and produced stuff has just been the heavily monetized online shit.  I don't recall any narrative heavy single player experiences produced by them.

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