Friday, 19 February 2016
System Shock 3 Announced - Warren Spector Returns To The Gaming Industry
System Shock 2 remains one of those great tragedies of the industry. Beloved by millions, revered as a turning point in the entire genre and finished despite horrific odds, poor sales led to an abrupt end despite an obvious cliffhanger. Still regarded today as one of the essential greats alongside Deus Ex, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Ultima, it's still brought up today as the release which helped revolutionize video game narrative and survival horror. Well, turns out that it's not quite so dead as people thought.
Despite seemingly leaving the gaming industry for good in favour of a life in academia, Warren Spector has returned once more to his roots. Responsible for work on acclaimed titles from the aforementioned Deus Ex to Epic Mickey, reports say that he will be serving as a full time studio director for OtherSide Entertainment. Speaking to WIRED, the veteran stated that he left his current work in a heartbeat upon being offered a chance to continue the story of SHODAN. This, however, isn't the only great news. A spiritual successor to the Ultima Underworld spin-offs is well underway in the form of Underworld Ascendant, which will be more in the vein of the original title and its blend of societies than the second game's star spanning saga.
Obviously these are early days and little information has been released relating to what mechanics or ideas either revival will implement, but it's a sign of real hope for the future.