OtherSide Entertainment Officially Announces System Shock 3, VR Support Mooted

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 4:54 PM
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System Shock 3 is real! Following weeks of rumours, and confirmation that Night Dive Studios was remaking the original, System Shock 3 has been officially announced. In terms of dredging up the past this is right up there. OtherSide Entertainment are at the helm, in conjunction with Night Dive, who got access to the intellectual rights to the game after buying it off an insurance firm that forgot it had them. Videogames.

Heading back and trying to do it all again seems like a risky proposition, but there is a whiff of VR about the project. Signing up for email updates on System Shock 3 requires you to fill in a short survey gauging interest in virtual reality. With malevolent AI SHODAN ruling the roost it could be the perfect showcase of VR. It’s easy to see the possibilities of SHODAN interfering with your headset, warping the image or delivering static bursts.

From the looks of it this is going to be a direct sequel to System Shock 2, with Terri Brosius even reprising her role as the voice of the murderous artificial intelligence. Another than that all we’ve got to go is a teaser site, with SHODAN warning visitors "Did you think I'd forgotten you, insect?" If you do head there, make sure you're volume isn't up too high, I absolutely shat myself when SHODAN's voice kicked in. 

A number of key Looking Glass members are on board for System Shock 3 now, including concept artist Robb Waters and developer Paul Neurath. The original two System shock games were created by Looking Glass Studios, with that team disbanding and core members forming Irrational Games. They then worked on the Bioshock series, which was essentially the culmination of everything that Looking Glass had set out to achieve with System Shock. Now it’s in the hands of new studio OtherSide, which is trying to specialise in rebooting classic game franchises.

For me this project could go one of two ways. The System Shock games are very much products of their time, and their systems have since been bested by Deus Ex and Bioshock respectively, so what else can be done here to mix things up? However, the potential for a terrifying sci-fi horror is plain to see, and it’s a foreboding world that plenty of PC gamers will want to hope back into.

 

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21:50 Dec-16-2015

All I can say about this is that it gives me the slightest glimmer of hope for Half Life 3 arriving one day. :D

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19:44 Dec-15-2015

I was waiting 15 years for this!! :-D

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11:45 Dec-15-2015

Yeah System Shock 2 was hands down one of the best FPS/RPG I ever played and it was damn hard too. The audio logs that you found were so well voice acted and from my experience the first game I played to have audio logs.

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19:45 Dec-15-2015

And creepy hybrids and their even more creepy voices haha

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21:11 Dec-15-2015

Haha. And those sodding monkeys.

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10:44 Dec-15-2015

wonder what engine they'll use.

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21:11 Dec-15-2015

Unreal 4?

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08:16 Dec-15-2015

System Shock 2 was Incredible one of my all time favourite games, I'm very excited to hear this news yet alittle reserved about it too, I meen how often does a 3rd title in a series actually prove to anything more then dissapointing experience. yet ive been proved wrong with many things on many occasions so lets see how the development goes, Fingers crossed

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08:30 Dec-15-2015

I was sceptical about Bioshock infinite, but i finished it very recently, and despite looking different, it was still awesome and i ended up liking it more than the first two.


So don't lose your hopes !

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21:11 Dec-14-2015

"respectively" to what?

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20:46 Dec-14-2015

Devs be like:
Hello from the OtherSide!
I must have called a thousand times!
to tell you we announced System Shock 3!

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19:03 Dec-14-2015

Wow, i have to finish system shock 2 right now xD.

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18:30 Dec-14-2015

First Psychonauts 2 and now System Shock 3. Next you're gonna tell me Gabe Newell has announced Half Life 3.

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18:10 Dec-14-2015

I'm not just shocked, I'm system shocked :D

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18:05 Dec-14-2015

So we have a First Person Shooter, Role Playing Elements, Survival Horror with VR support on 1 Game.
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HEAVY BREATHING

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