OtherSide Entertainment, the developer behind System Shock 3, may have fired its entire staff. In a report by VGC, an anonymous developer contacted them claiming they – along with the entire System Shock 3 team – are no longer employed by the studio. This coming after a year-long search for a publisher for the game.
It’s kind of a shock to some as OtherSide was in talks with “a lot” of publishers and even considered self-publishing if needs be. But, it turns out, its large capital which its creative director, Warren Spector, claimed would keep the company afloat for a while, isn’t going as far as expected.
It’s not been a secret the studio has been seeing an exodus of high-level employees leaving, even solidifying their lack of a position through LinkedIn profiles. Those leaving included the System Shock 3 writer and director, its lead programmer, QA lead, senior environment artist, and a plethora of others, including long-time Spector collaborator, Chase Jones.
Late 2019 rolled around where rumors spiraled about potential layoffs in its Austin area, which a former community manager later confirmed and expressed worry about the future of the studio.
Originally, the game was being done by Starbreeze, but following a crisis, they sold off publishing rights to its developer, OtherSide, in which they quickly began seeking a new publisher. Sadly, this didn’t go as well as hoped and until further notice, if this rumor is true, it may be a while before we finally get System Shock 3.