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System Shock 3 Officially Announced

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System Shock 3 Officially Announced

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Mon 14 December 2015, 23:22:54

Tags: OtherSide Entertainment; System Shock 3

OtherSide Entertainment's spoiled System Shock 3 countdown expired this morning, revealing...another sign-up page like we saw last week, but with some new art and a Terri Brosius-voiced SHODAN audio clip. I was hoping OtherSide would open the week with a flurry of informative promotional interviews about the new game, but I guess they just don't have much to say yet. They did send out a press release, though:

Concord, MASS – December 14, 2015 – OtherSide Entertainment, the development studio behind the upcoming fantasy RPG Underworld Ascendant , is excited to officially announce development on System Shock 3 , the sequel to the landmark System Shock series.

Last week, OtherSide posted a teaser website ( www.othersidetease.com ) with cryptic lettering hinting at a new game. Internet hackers quickly cracked the site, prematurely revealing the game’s title. As part of the fun, series’ AI antagonist SHODAN appeared to mock the hackers with new taunts each day.

On the updated teaser site today, fans can hear popular voice actress Terri Brosius ( System Shock 1 & 2,Dishonored) reprise her role as the voice of SHODAN and see an early peek at the evolving ‘next generation’ look of the character by artist Robb Waters.

Key members of the original System Shock and System Shock 2 teams will be part of the sequel. This includes Paul Neurath, who oversaw the original series’ development; Nate Wells, a senior artist on System Shock 2; and Waters, the lead concept artist of both original games.

The path to bring the System Shock franchise forward was long and winding. Several years back, OtherSide secured the exclusive IP rights to all future versions of the franchise. Only recently, through partnership with Night Dive Studios, who owns the System Shock trademark, did OtherSide get the rights to use the System Shock name for the sequel.

System Shock 3 is currently in the early concept stages of development. Fans can register on the teaser site ( www.othersidetease.com ) to receive updates as they become available.​

I do recommend that you sign up as the press release suggests, because the sign-up form doubles as a survey where OtherSide are asking what platforms players want the game to be released on, and also how interested they are in VR technology, in what looks like a repeat of the Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign's stifled gadget obsession. Although over on the official OtherSide forums, omnipresent producer Chris Siegel says "Don't read too much into it". He also says they don't know yet whether they're going to do a Kickstarter. Maybe we need to send mindx2 to bug these guys in their office again...

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