System Shock 3 is on the horizon.
System Shock is 25 years old, and it’s sequel System Shock 2 is one of the most lauded games of all time. Despite not being a commercial success, it’s a game that’s still constantly cited as inspiration and influence. The original System Shock has a crowdfunded remake in the works that has faced major setbacks after having to scrap a lot of work deep into production. The Bioshock franchise and Arkane’s Prey have both been considered spiritual successors to the franchise.
Meanwhile, Otherside Entertainment (founded by Paul Neurath, a Looking Glass alumni) acquired the license for System Shock 3, and were even able to get original System Shock co-directors Doug Church and Warren Spector involved with. And now, 20 years after System Shock 2, we’re finally getting to see footage of the official follow-up in action.
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Now, to be accurate, the first footage we saw of System Shock 3 was actually a couple of months ago back in April. Graphics programmer Elizabeth Legros and creative director Warren Spector showed up at Unity’s GDC keynote to show System Shock 3 running on the Unity engine. (see here) (EDIT: Here’s that trailer by itself.) Still, this the first footage of what we’ll be playing we’ve been able to see!
So… what do you think?
How do you feel about the art direction? Since that’s a great deal of what we’ve been able to see has to do with the visuals, what do you think?
And what about the gameplay? While we’ve only seen snippets, and it’s in pre-alpha, there’s still some interesting information there!
Does the narrative seem interesting to you? It appears to be set in 2085, well before the events of System Shock 2 but about a decade after the events of the first game. What do you expect or think?
What would you want or expect from System Shock 3? We all have a wishlist for these kinds of releases. What’s yours?
Alternatively, what would you hate if it was in System Shock 3? I can definitely think of a few things that would sour my experience! What about you?
Can System Shock 3 possibly live up to the hype? The legacy of System Shock 2 is almost impossible to ignore. Can it escape its shadow?
Let me know what you think!