The System Shock 3 development team was reportedly fired by developer OtherSide.
In a report from our sister site VGC, an anonymous message purportedly from a former developer of OtherSide Entertainment confirmed that the entire team is “no longer employed” and that the game is “seriously overdue.”
The news comes after the departure of several other key colleagues who have left the studio in recent months, including the game’s writer, director, design director and lead programmer. All have shared the news via their LinkedIn profiles.
An anonymous poster claiming to be a former OtherSide developer posted on RPGCodex with username Kin Corn Karn, stating: “The only reason I’m posting is because I’ve seen so much confusion about the state of the business and the project. I thought first-person information would be welcome.
“I never suggested we were halfway there, the core systems are a great foundation for a game, but most of the work is content development where we were critically behind, both in terms of real assets and tool support for an efficient pipeline.
“Was the failure of the project fair? It’s hard to say,” they added. “If Starbreeze hadn’t gone into crisis, I think we would have delivered something interesting with fresh and innovative gameplay, but a game much smaller than people expected and inevitably disappointing for a sequel. to such a popular franchise.
“These high expectations led to a lot of expensive experiments. We were a small team and knew we couldn’t compete with today’s immersive simulations in terms of the quality and breadth of production, so we had to be creative, smart and weird. And we were on the right track. to do something unique and maybe fun, but probably not what the audience was hungry for. “
Asked by forum members, Karn added that they “don’t really know what’s going on, but the team is no longer employed there” but were reluctant to share more, stating that they could “be no more. precise without violating [their] NDA “.
Of course, these are just speculative whispers for now, but VGC reports that a former community manager “confirmed [the poster’s] legitimacy”.
Ailing Swedish game company Starbreeze raised much-needed cash by selling the publishing rights for System Shock 3 back to the game’s developer last year. In a short note to its website, Starbreeze said at the time that it had resold the publishing rights to OtherSide Entertainment from Warren Spector for System Shock 3, and insisted it would be fully reimbursed for the costs. that the company has supported in the development of the Game.
Starbreeze did not disclose how much money it is expected to receive from the sale, but when it announced it had purchased System Shock 3 in 2017, it said it would invest $ 12 million to help. to bring gaming to PC and other platforms. Starbreeze has partially funded the development of System Shock 3 since signing the game.
As of this writing, OtherSide has yet to respond to requests for comment from the press. We’ll update as we hear more.
We last saw a pre-alpha gameplay trailer for System Shock 3 in September 2019.