This follows earlier stories of different core members of the workforce asserting their departure over the previous 5 months, together with System Shock three’s author and director, lead programmer, and others. Simply this week, design director Chase Jones modified his LinkedIn profile to replicate the tip of his time at OtherSide.
The nameless supply additionally acknowledged that System Shock three was “critically behind” in its growth. We final noticed how the sport was progressing in a gameplay trailer released back in September 2019, which confirmed off the return of the enduring gaming villain/rogue A.I. SHODAN.
An nameless poster claiming to be a developer from OtherSide posted on RPG Codex, explaining some further background data.
“The one cause I am posting is as a result of I noticed a lot confusion in regards to the state of the corporate and the venture I assumed some first individual data could be welcome,” the person wrote. “I by no means steered we had been midway carried out, core methods are a fantastic basis for a sport however a lot of the work is content material growth which we had been critically behind in, each in actual property and in device assist for an environment friendly pipeline.
“Was the failure of the venture proper? It is exhausting to say. If Starbreeze hadn’t gone into disaster I feel we might’ve delivered one thing attention-grabbing with some recent and modern gameplay, however a a lot smaller sport than what individuals had been anticipating and inevitably disappointing for a sequel to such a beloved franchise.
“These excessive expectations drove numerous costly experimentation. We had been a small workforce and knew we could not compete with present immersive sims in manufacturing high quality and breadth, so we needed to be artistic and intelligent and bizarre. And we had been on our strategy to make one thing distinctive and probably enjoyable, however most likely not what the viewers was hungry for.”
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The person additionally shared that they “do not really know what is going on on, however the workforce is not employed there,” and kept away from commenting additional over issues they might break their non-disclosure settlement.
Including some legitimacy to the report, VGC cites a neighborhood supervisor that confirmed the poster’s feedback.
System Shock three seems to be the sufferer of each the woes of its former writer Starbreeze and its personal difficulties to find a brand new writer. Starbreeze reported again in mid-2019 that it might quickly expertise a “liquidity shortfall” following poor gross sales of Overkill’s The Walking Dead sport and a subsequent raid performed by law enforcement after indications of insider trading.
Starbreeze determined to dump the publishing rights to System Shock three again to OtherSide with the intention to elevate the desperately-needed money it required to proceed operations.
With OtherSide seemingly now floating within the ether, artistic director Warren Spector (System Shock, Deus Ex, Epic Mickey) advised VGC that the corporate was in talks with a “lot” of publishers. That was again in Might 2019. He advised VGC that the corporate had sufficient capital to fund itself for a time frame, and was additionally contemplating self-publishing System Shock three.
IGN has reached out to a third-party PR firm that beforehand dealt with communications for OtherSide for remark. We’ll replace this story as we study extra.
The remaster of the unique System Shock remains to be on our checklist of games we’re most looking forward to in 2020. Developer Nightdive Studios is dealing with work on that.
Joseph Knoop is a author/producer for IGN.