Tencent Will Publish System Shock 3

OtherSide Entertainment, the developer behind the anticipated System Shock 3, has announced at Tencent has taken the title in its portfolio, and it will handle development and publishing from now on.

The game was announced several years ago, with the esteemed video games developer Warren Spector as a consultant for the title. However, several issues have surfaced in recent years. Starbreeze, the publisher of the game, faced severe financial issues and was forced to reprioritize or cancel many on-going projects.

Publisher issues

When Starbreeze started to operate massive changes, OtherSide announced that the ties with the publisher had been cut. However, the studio stated that the development process would continue, as more than half of the fame had already been completed.

Fans started to worry, and OtherSide released a pre-alpha gameplay in 2019, appeasing the rising tensions for a time. A series of rumors began to circulate a few months ago, mentioning that the development of the game was behind schedule and that the developer team responsible for System Shock 3 was no longer employed by the studio. Another round of press releases strived to mark the rumors as mere speculation, but the reality seems to be quite different.

Tencent at the helm

Earlier this week, a popular gaming news outlet published a report which mentioned that the ownership of the System Shock 3 website had been transferred to Tencent. The transfer has been acknowledged by OtherSide Entertainment via two posts on Twitter:

OtherSide Entertainment, the developer behind the anticipated System Shock 3, has announced at Tencent has taken the title in its portfolio, and it will handle development and publishing from now on.

The game was announced several years ago, with the esteemed video games developer Warren Spector as a consultant for the title. However, several issues have surfaced in recent years. Starbreeze, the publisher of the game, faced severe financial issues and was forced to reprioritize or cancel many on-going projects.

Publisher issues

When Starbreeze started to operate massive changes, OtherSide announced that the ties with the publisher had been cut. However, the studio stated that the development process would continue, as more than half of the fame had already been completed.

Fans started to worry, and OtherSide released a pre-alpha gameplay in 2019, appeasing the rising tensions for a time. A series of rumors began to circulate a few months ago, mentioning that the development of the game was behind schedule and that the developer team responsible for System Shock 3 was no longer employed by the studio. Another round of press releases strived to mark the rumors as mere speculation, but the reality seems to be quite different.

Tencent at the helm

Earlier this week, a popular gaming news outlet published a report which mentioned that the ownership of the System Shock 3 website had been transferred to Tencent. The transfer has been acknowledged by OtherSide Entertainment via two posts on Twitter:

The announcement is cryptic as it doesn’t mention of OtherSide will continue to work on the development process or if Tencent will handle everything related to the game. Some fans have already defended the choice, arguing that a publisher is needed to finish the game, and the developers can’t pay for the costs out of their own pockets.

While Tencent may handle System Shock 3, the IP remains the property of NightDive Studios, which is working on a remake of the first game in the series.

The announcement is cryptic as it doesn’t mention of OtherSide will continue to work on the development process or if Tencent will handle everything related to the game. Some fans have already defended the choice, arguing that a publisher is needed to finish the game, and the developers can’t pay for the costs out of their own pockets.

While Tencent may handle System Shock 3, the IP remains the property of NightDive Studios, which is working on a remake of the first game in the series.

 

 

Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.

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