Warren Spector has returned to game development once again, landing a job at Otherside Entertainment. While Spector has been a creative advisor to the studio since its launch, he has primarily worked in academia since 2013, running the The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at the University of Texas at Austin. Once this school year at UT Austin is done, Spector will transition to a studio director position at Otherside.
Spector was previously the producer behind both Ultima Underworld titles and the first System Shock, in addition to being the director behind the first Deus Ex. Those first two titles are important here, as Spector will be helping out with Ultima Underworld spiritual successor Underworld Ascendant before moving on to lead the team working on System Shock 3.
"I've loved working with students as Director of the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy in the University of Texas' Moody College of Communication," said Spector in the press release. "But when the opportunity to have a bigger role in bringing Underworld Ascendant to life, as well as playing in the System Shock universe once again, helping to bring these games to a 21st century audience, I just couldn't say no."
"Working on System Shock was one of the most fulfilling things I've done in my career and it's hard to describe how much I'm looking forward to sharing with players what SHODAN has been up to since the last game was released."
Otherside kickstarted Underworld Ascendant in March of 2015, ending up with a funding total of $860,357. The team has grown since then, with Bioshock Infinite and the Last of Us art director Nate Wells joining the studio late last year to work on the title. The studio announced System Shock 3 in December, but there's been no word as to whether the game is self-funded or there will be a forthcoming Kickstarter drive for that game as well.
Underworld Ascendant is currently aimed at a November 2016 release date and System Shock 3 is still a big question mark.