System Shock IP

Nightdive Studios, the developer of the upcoming System Shock remake and owner of the original IP, says that the future of the franchise is now in the hands of publisher Tencent.

Speaking to VGC at Gamescom, Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick explained that the rights to the third game, which has been in development under studio Otherside Entertainment (helmed by Warren Spector and Paul Neurath, creators of the IP), have been sold on to Tencent.

“When we originally acquired the rights to the franchise, we licensed the rights for the third game to Warren and Paul [Neurath] at Otherside. They then subsequently sold their rights to Tencent. So Tencent currently has the rights to the third game, and we have the rights to do the remake of the first game and potentially a remake of the second game. That’s pretty much where it stands right now.”

“I think they technically could do 4 and 5 as well, but they’d have to do 3 first. So, we’ll see.”

Kick says that both Spector and Neurath have been providing feedback on the System Shock remake, which began development in 2016 and looks pretty darn good, although it's worth noting we still don't have a firm release yet. He had the following to say on the matter:

“They’ve been wonderful. We’ve been providing builds to them periodically and getting their feedback, and they’ve been giving us a lot. This was their baby, and it’s been entrusted to us. We’re just lucky to have them as a sounding board to let us know when maybe we’ve gone too far or maybe not far enough. We’ve definitely been applying that feedback.”

System Shock 3 has been radio silent for a couple of years now, but we did like what little we have seen. If you need a refresher, you can check out the last trailer we saw for the title below.

Do you think we will see more of System Shock 3 anytime soon? Are you excited about the remake of the original? Let us know in the comments section below.