In May 2020, it was confirmed that Otherside Entertainment was no longer working on System Shock 3 and had been taken over by Chinese conglomerate Tencent. Speculation that the studio remained involved to some degree continued, however, and the fact that there is still a System Shock Page 3 on the Otherside website and its Twitter the avatar is the villain of the series, Shodan didn’t help. But earlier this month, Warren Spector (CCO of Otherside) announced that his team was working on a brand new immersive simulation.
In a new interview with game beat, Spector reiterated that Otherside is definitely not working on System Shock 3, saying, “Tencent drives the franchise forward. It’ll be up to them to say what they want to say.” He also explained that his team worked on it in 2018 and 2019, “That was it.”
Speaking about the new project, Spector said the previously shared image of a whale and ray riders “represents one side of what the game is. It’s going to be a pretty deep game. There’s going to be a lot of variety in this what you can do and what we ask you to do. This whale is part of this assortment of game levels.”
Spector also mentioned that a separate team from Otherside is working with Wizards of the Coast on a licensed Dungeons & Dragons game. The Otherside Jobs Page says, “We’re teaming up for a big job in the Forgotten Realms” above a photo of a halfling trying to escape with it Xanathar’s goldfishand a few of the advertised posts mention “multiplayer game systems”, but that’s it.
As tempting as it is to speculate a multiplayer stealth game about groups of thieves carrying out heists based on these clues, it’s not really much to go on. “The D&D game is going well,” was all Spector said. “You’d have to ask them to be sure, but I think Wizards are happy with what we’re doing.”
Finally, when Gabe Newell’s recent comments about the Metaverse and NFTs were brought up, Spector didn’t hold back. Like many people involved in classic cyberpunk works, it turns out he’s not a fan. “That’s where I’m going to get in trouble,” Spector said. “I’m literally going to have people screwing me over what I’m about to say, but I really don’t think I care. NFTs are ridiculous. I don’t understand why anyone “Anyone would like to get on this bandwagon of virtual goods that can be reproduced instantly in unlimited quantities. Who thinks that’s a good idea? So NFTs, I have no interest.