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System Shock 3 probably exists. and will be worked on by Otherside Entertainment

It looks like System Shock 3 is turning into an actual real thing that exists. It is not 100% confirmed yet, as we know nothing about it, but Otherside Entertainment are teasing it on their website very strongly. The words “System,” “Shock,” and the number “3” are all there in pretty massive hard to miss font. The tease continues on their very own Twitter account, commenting “Keep your eyes peeled here over the course of the next week…

What could this clever riddle mean?

What could this clever riddle mean?

Although many people have never played System Shock – it sold below 200,000 units upon release – its ideals permeate through various games released in recent years. Deus Ex, BioShock, and the likes of Dead Space all have ties to ideas first seen in System Shock back in 1994. At the time of writing that is 21 years ago. It is very possible many people reading this were born after System Shock was released. Damn millennials.

Who are Otherside Entertainment you may ask? The name may not immediately jump out at you, but the makeup of the studio is pretty solid – especially for a studio that will be working on a game like System Shock 3. The big plus point is that the studio consists of various staff from the now defunct Looking Glass Studios – the developers of the original System Shock (and many other games in the 90s that were very much critical darlings). The founder of Otherside Entertainment and Looking Glass Studios are the same person – Paul Neurath.

Many staffers have also worked on the likes of Bioshock, Thief, Uncharted, Zoo Tycoon, and friggin’ Boom Blox! I loved Boom Blox. I played Boom Blox alone in my house (for a whole week) whilst  dying with a cold in 2008. Boom Blox and me go way back. Thanks for all your input on that one Steven Spielberg. The full team line-up for Otherside Entertainment are on a website on the Internet if you are sick of me rambling.

Otherside Entertainment are currently working on Underworld Ascendant, a Kickstarted game that raised close to $1million over the course of its campaign – and is still receiving pledges via PayPal. Underworld Ascendant is currently set for a late 2016 release, unless something goes horribly wrong. Will System Shock 3 be a Kickstarted game too?

In the past, developers have gotten a high volume of blowback from fans if they choose to start a second Kickstarter whilst still finishing work on the first. The most notable of these was Double Fine requesting pledges for Massive Chalice before Broken Age was fully complete. If System Shock 3 turns out to be a crowd funded game – which is very likely – then it will be interesting to see the response.

With this big news out of the way, Valve should pop Half Life 3 out the door any day now. We’ve already seen Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Shenmue 3, and Psychonauts 2 come to life in 2015 – let’s go one bigger Valve!

No one is ever getting a Crash Bandicoot reboot though. Never.