System Shock 3 is now official: Let the panting and sweating begin


In case you missed the magic moment last night, Otherside Entertainment's teaser site has now officially revealed that the studio is developing System Shock 3. There's not much to see at this point, but it's finally definitely actually happening!

The site is now dominated by an image of the perfect, immortal machine Shodan, accompanied by a brief audio clip that plays when it loads. Those of you familiar with the first two games will likely notice that it sounds very much like the "real" Shodan, who was voiced by Looking Glass veteran Terri Brosius. I'm guessing that it is in fact her voice, since she's already working with Otherside on its other game, Underworld Ascendant.

A link to sign up for "promotions and updates" leads to a survey that asks, among other things, about your interest in virtual reality. That could indicate that a VR version of System Shock 3 is planned, but it just as well may be Otherside simply testing the waters. Either way, 16 randomly-drawn respondents will win a print of Shodan created by Robb Waters, a designer and artist on the original System Shock who's also working on the new game, so even if you're not normally inclined to fill out surveys, you might want to give this one a go.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.