System Shock 3 is really happening: SHODAN is back

That System Shock 3 countdown has ticked over and she’s back. Developer OtherSide Entertainment has officially revealed System Shock 3, complete with the original voice actress playing SHODAN.

Did you think I’d forgotten you, insect?

Did you think I’d forgotten you, insect?

As we mentioned last week, the System Shock franchise has been in a state of legal limbo for years now, so it’s great to see the cult favourite come out the other side, all guns blazing.

The sequel’s being handled by Otherside Entertainment – a newish studio created by Looking Glass Studios veterans including founder Paul Neurath. Unsurprisingly, the developer is being bombarded by fan requests (and demands), with the most common answer seemingly dealing with why they’re making a sequel and not a remake of the original game/s.

We have no interest in doing that. We made those games already.

What the team does seem to have a serious interest in, however, is making System Shock 3 a proper sequel to the earlier titles – and that means getting Terri Brosius back on board for SHODAN’s iconic voice. The Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network just wouldn’t be the same without her.

If you’d like to know more about the game, you are invited to sign up for the System Shock 3 newsletter, which promises “promotions + updates”. If getting your hands on the news hot off the presses isn’t enough for you, the studio’s also offering a prize as a “token of [their] appreciation”.

Signing up to the newsletter also includes filling out an optional survey (including details of your previous gaming experience) – and 16 respondents will be chosen at random to win a pretty special prize. That’s one person for every year since System Shock 2 was released, who will be given a limited edition SHODAN print by Robb Waters, series concept artist.

Interestingly, the survey also asks about your interest in virtual reality gaming. Hmmmm.

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