Until very recently, the development of System Shock 3 hung by a thread. After Starbreeze went through a very delicate moment from a financial point of view, the publishing rights passed into the hands of OtherSide Entertainment, although the move ended in a year of silence and suspicions … until recently clues pointing to the possible transfer of IP to Chinese entertainment giant Tencent.
It may not be the favorite publisher of many, but it is one with the purchasing power necessary to finance the development of the video game. And for better or for worse, OtherSide has confirmed the operation in question via Twitter: “We are pleased to announce that Tencent will take control of the System Shock franchise in the future,” says the first post.
Tencent will limit itself to publishing the next installments of System Shock
Another follows: “As a small independent studio, we have found it difficult to support the project on our own. We believe that Tencent’s great capabilities, and experience as a leading video game company, will take the franchise to new heights “
A very important note to the previous point is that, in a contradictory way, Tencent has not taken over the entire IP System Shock, but rather that its role seems limited to the publication of the third installment and subsequent issues. Nightdive Studios, the team in charge of the System Shock remake, clarifies in words collected by PC Gamer that he continues to have control of the series. “OtherSide licensed us rights to make sequels. Those rights have now been transferred to Tencent. No aspect of that transfer has any impact on our property.”