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Former owner of System Shock rights says Tencent now owns IP

Nightdive Studios, the former rights holder of the iconic System Shock franchise, says its owning company, Tencent, will ultimately decide whether or not a third game in the series sees the light of day.

System Shock 3 spent several years in development at studio Otherside Entertainment, where series creators Paul Neurath and Warren Spector led development. In 2020, the studio announced that Tencent would “advance the System Shock franchise”, but the details of this change were unclear.

Two years later, Nightdive Studio CEO Stephen Kick confirmed to VGC that Tencent now owns the rights to the series.

“When we originally acquired the rights to the franchise, we licensed the rights to the third game to Warren [Spector] and paul [Neurath] in Otherside. They then sold their rights to Tencent,” he said.

“So Tencent currently has the rights to the third game, and we have the rights to do the remake of the first game and potentially a remake of the second game. That’s pretty much where it’s at right now.”

Kick said he was unsure whether Spector or Neurath should be involved in a potential third System Shock game.

Nightdive has been working on a remake of the original System Shock since 2016. The game has yet to receive a release date, but Gamescom attendees were able to play a demo at the event this week. Both Spector and Neurath were involved in the remake, providing commentary on Nightdive’s work.

Otherside, meanwhile, is working on an immersive simulation based on a new IP with Spector at the helm.