Following recent reports of the game’s troubled development, it now seems that Otherside Entertainment has passed the rights to System Shock 3 (and potentially the System Shock series) to publisher Tencent.
“Tencent will be taking the [System Shock] franchise forward,” says Otherside Entertainment via Twitter. “As a smaller Indie studio, it had been challenging for us to carry the project on our own. We believe Tencent’s deep capabilities and expertise as a leading game company will bring the franchise to new heights.”
There’s quite a lot to break down here, but the gist of it is that Otherside Entertainment once acquired the rights to develop System Shock 3 from Night Dive Studios. However, somewhere along the way, Otherside encountered a series of problems that caused massive delays in the game’s development and tremendous financial strain on the company. Seemingly out of options, they’ve now (presumably) sold the rights to System Shock over to Tencent.
Interestingly, though, it does seem that Night Dive Studios is still working on a remake of the original System Shock game. That would appear to indicate that Tencent controls the rights to System Shock 3 and future entries in the franchise but may or may not have any say regarding the publishing and development of that game. However, the full details of this arrangement are not entirely known at this time.