Report: System Shock 3 Team Is No Longer Employed

Report: System Shock 3 Team Is No Longer Employed

After repeated layoffs in the second half of 2019, devs on the "content" side have all been let go.

Things aren't looking good for System Shock 3, according to a former developer at Otherside Entertainment. In a recent post, a former dev claims that "the team is no longer employed there."

On RPGcodex.net (via VGC), a user who claims to be a former member of the System Shock 3 dev team wrote about the "failure of the project." After posting their concerns about the game in late 2019, the anonymous developer dropped back into the forums in late January 2020 add that "everyone on the content side is no longer with the studio."

"I never suggested we were halfway done," the developer added. "Core systems are a great foundation for a game but most of the work is content development which we were critically behind in, both in real assets and in tool support for an efficient pipeline."

"Was the failure of the project right?" they went on. "It's hard to say. If Starbreeze hadn't gone into crisis I think we would've delivered something interesting with some fresh and innovative gameplay, but a much smaller game than what people were expecting and inevitably disappointing for a sequel to such a beloved franchise."

The developer mentions Starbreeze as the publisher that "went into crisis" around February 2019. Starbreeze would sell the rights to System Shock 3 back to Otherside Entertainment, and development lead Warren Spector would tell VideoGamesChronicle.com in May later that year that the game "has a lot of interest from publishers." It looks like a deal with a publisher never planned out.

Back in December 2019, former Otherside community manager Sam Luangkhot confirmed that there had been a number of departures from the studio. System Shock 3's writer and director, senior designer, level designer, QA manager, and senior producer were all let go between August and November 2019.

Last we saw of System Shock 3, it was being shown off at GDC 2019 by Warren Spector. The development lead remains employed at Otherside Entertainment at the time of writing.

It's worth noting that these developments have no bearing on the System Shock remake. The remake is currently slated for release this year from Nightdive Studios, and a full 20 minute gameplay demo was shown back in March 2019.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

In other news

Marvel's Avengers Will Have Unique Cosmetics for Intel, Verizon, and More

To collect absolutely everything, you'll need a PlayStation, a Verizon plan, some gum…

New Cyberpunk 2077 Map Shows Gang Turf Within Night City

From the World of Cyberpunk 2077 book.

Xbox Offers Free Online Gaming This Weekend

It's also making some games temporarily free-to-play!

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.