After a number of teasers, Otherside Entertainment has finally revealed that it's working on System Shock 3, the second sequel in the cult-favorite first-person action RPG series. The studio is already working on the Kickstarted Underworld Ascendant, a spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld, so System Shock 3 will be the studio's second revival.
Members from the original System Shock and System Shock 2 teams will be returning for this title. Paul Neurath, founder of original System Shock developer Looking Glass Technologies, will be joined by System Shock 2 senior artist Nate Wells and System Shock series concept artist Robb Waters. Most importantly, voice actress Terri Brosius will be back to voice the cold and calculating SHODAN.
It's been a rough road to get to this point, due to the legality of the IP. Night Dive Studios acquire the rights to the original System Shock games and the trademark from the Star Insurance Company, who received the assets from Looking Glass Technologies' closure. The studio is currently working on a remake of the first game after publishing System Shock: Enhanced Edition, which adds for higher resolutions, remappable controls, and some bug fixes to the original game. At the time, Night Dive CEO Stephen Kick was cryptically teasing a possible sequel.
"We have been in contact with members of the original System Shock team and any future iterations of the System Shock games, and by this I mean both new titles in the series as well as major updates to the existing games, will be very true to the spirit of the originals," Kick told Polygon.
The reason for that is Otherside Entertainment has the IP rights for all future versions of the franchise. A partnership with Night Dive Studios gives them the right to actually call the game System Shock 3 instead of going the normal spiritual successor route. (Like the Bioshock games.)
The official site for the game has a brief shot of SHODAN's new look, a short voice clip, and a link to a mailing list and survey. The survey asks participants their preferred gaming platform between PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, and Other. In addition, it asks if respondents are interested in virtual reality. No confirmation of course, but VR System Shock could be pretty keen.
Otherwise, there's no planned release date for System Shock 3. You'll just have to wait. We've been waiting for 16 years. Shouldn't be too hard to wait a few more.