Developer Otherside Entertainment has regained the publishing rights to System Shock 3 after parting ways with Starbreeze.
Starbreeze sold these back to Otherside earlier this week having acquired them for $12m back in 2017.
But Otherside hasn’t been entirely left to self-publish. With IP as notable as System Shock, plenty of companies have already expressed interest in picking up the project.
“Tumultuous times are pretty common in the game business – tumultuous isn’t so bad," studio director Warren Spector said, speaking to VG247.
"We parted ways with Starbreeze (amicably) which means we are in the process of lining up a new publishing partner. Happily, given the pedigree of System Shock and the progress we’ve made so far, there’s already a lot of interest.
“Has the situation affected development? Not really. The team is still, as we say, ‘psyched and cranking’ – in other words, continuing as normal. I’m confident we can bring System Shock 3 to market and have it take its place as a leading title in the immersive simulation genre.”
Otherside Entertainment itself hasn’t announced when System Shock 3 is due. Confidence in the venerable IP may be reassuring for the studio, but it has hurdles of its own to overcome after releasing the less-than-stellar Underworld Ascendant in late-2018.