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Vapourware System Shock 3 by OtherSide Entertainment - taken over by Tencent!

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by LESS T_T, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Nano Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Stop acting like Arkane is as good as Looking Glass. They're not in the same league as Looking Glass.
     
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  2. DalekFlay Arcane Patron

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    They're not as good as Looking Glass, but they're pretty near the top of what's out there today.
     
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  3. George Duroy Learned

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    Slightly better than abysmal is still not that good.
     
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  4. Child of Malkav Savant

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    They're not, but right now they're the only studio that continue to do what LGS did as well as keeping their design philosophy alive, with more or less success.
    The alternative would be Otherside Entertainment, former LGS developers. How did that turn out? Oh wait....
    Also I'm keeping an eye on WolfEye Studios made by Colantonio after leaving Arkane. They have that game, Weird West, in development.
     
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  5. Latelistener Cipher

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    That was before the underwhelming sales of Prey and before Raph left the studio. Under the new management in Lyon they're going full SJW with online. See Deathloop if you even remember what that is.

    And clinging to the past Arkane is no better than clinging to the past of the people from Otherside.
     
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  6. Blutwurstritter Learned

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    The only other choice thats left would be Eidos Montreal. If only they hadn't botched Thief ...
     
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  7. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    "Immersive sim" or not, I doubt there will be any AAA publisher that will fund a claustrophobic and slow first-person game after the failures of Alien: Isolation and Prey. (Well maybe except Resident Evil, but it's been steadily successful IP already.)
     
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  8. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Huh, Warren Spector casually wrote a post on his Gamasutra blog early this week. It's about the recent fuss about "Deus Ex predicted the future!!11!", and nothing about the situation of SS3 or Otherside.

    https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/WarrenSpector/20200504/362273/Predicting_the_future_Not.php

     
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  9. Eli_Havelock Novice

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    All that hard work paid off to have Warren Spector finally award you part of his public cred 20 years later - but only because he doesn't want to continue owning that part all by himself.
     
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  10. RoSoDude Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Huh? Warren Spector has never hesitated to shift most of the credit for Deus Ex to Harvey Smith (designer), Chris Norden (programmer), Sheldon Pacotti (writer), and the rest of the team. I think you guys mistake his tendency to soapbox about lofty design ideals for some kind of egotistical narcissism that he doesn't actually exhibit.
     
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  12. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    :what:

    http://whois.domaintools.com/systemshock3.com

    This domain was originally redirected to Otherside website, now it does not lead to anywhere. The domain info was updated on last month, before the previous expiration date (May), so it's not like Tecent snatched an expired domain or something.
     
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  13. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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  14. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    This is now being picked up by non-English European gaming sites.

    So if Tencent funds SS3 or even outright buys Otherside, what's in it for them? Even if Underworld Ascendant was a successful game it's probably still not an attractive asset to Tencent. Same for SS3, they can't even own the IP itself.

    Probably they want to leverage Warren and Paul's networks, to expand their presence in southern and eastern parts of the US. (Tencent Boston is almost 12 years old, but it's still pretty small and there doesn't seem to be much of projects going on there. Also interestingly, Walter Somol worked at Tencent Boston studio for a short (7 months) before joining Harmonix.)

    (FWIW otherside-e.com is still owned by Otherside.)
     
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  15. toro Arcane

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    System Shock 3 from Tencent (!?)

    At least it will be a proper horror game.
     
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  16. Nano Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Congrats, guys. Your greed is making the game industry worse for everyone.
     
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  17. Efe Arbiter

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    Great news. With the force of chinese behind him SS3 will be even more memorable.
     
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  18. Blutwurstritter Learned

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    So we might get System Shock 2 : Reforged ? Glorious.
     
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  19. Eli_Havelock Novice

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    Congratulations, guys, you've hit the jackpot on selling out! All it cost you was the integrity of... everything. Haven't we been there before, several times over, once before in the System Shock franchise itself?
    :hero:

    I will admit, even in my despair from the things I've seen over the years I hadn't anticipated a move this fucky and low. Do you think nunuShock will make it as far as Squeezix's Deuce Goatse.cx or will the milking machine kill off the cash cow even faster this time around? I can't wait for cyber battle royale! Then again, Warren-Paul did just fuck over their UA backers with a limp excuse to make morality or IP integrity a moot point all on their own; so why not just go crawling back to EA or Eidos?
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    Both EA and Eidos have paid millions to discover how the auteur development model doesn't really work.


    Someone let Lord Brexit know that Tencent are hiring. I gotta see what happens.
     
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  20. Haba Harbinger of Decline Patron

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  21. Old Hans Arbiter

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    im pretty sure this guy didnt have anything to do with any of the actual good stuff in deus ex or any of those other old games that everyone loves.
     
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  23. MasterLobar Angry OtherSide Refugee

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    I suspect they sold the SS3 publishing rights to Tencent, but take no part in the development. Tencent are finishing it themseles or hire a different studio.

    They now try to use the proceeds to make a Thief successor using UA as a basis.

    That probably always was their plan. That's why they made UA so much like Thief and so unlike UU.
     
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  24. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Possibly related, or not, Tencent is starting a AAA studio in North America: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-05-18-tencent-is-starting-a-aaa-studio-in-north-america

    This will be located in Western Coast though. (I guess they surely can make a AAA studio at each side of Amercia.)

    (Btw you probably aware this Scott Warner guy as one of the designers on PS:T.)

     
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  25. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Picked up by VGC: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/system-shock-3-tencent/

    This site has served as sort of a bridge to bigger sites for this kind of news, so probably more sites will pick this up.
     
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