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Starbreeze sell System Shock 3 rights back to OtherSide

Published: 21:20, 12 February 2019
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Swedish developer Starbreeze have sold System Shock 3 publishing rights back to the original developer OtherSide Entertainment. Starbreeze CEO said in a short note that he believes this decision is the best solution for the company.

Starbreeze have agreed to sell back the System Shock 3 publishing right to original developers - OtherSide Entertainment. The decision, which has been announced in a small note on Starbreeze's website, comes after a very tough period for Swedish developer.

According to the announcement, Starbreeze expect to be fully reimbursed for costs the company had in connection with the development of the game. Starbreeze didn't reveal how much money they will receive as part of the sale though.

Back in 2017, when the company revealed that it had acquired rights for System Shock 3 publishing, the mentioned sum was $12 million. The plan was to use the funds for the development costs of both PC and console versions.

Since then, Starbreeze have been helping the development of the game but it looks like that money is needed in some other areas at the moment. 

Starbreeze acting CEO Mikael Nermark, who replaced Bo Andersson back in December 2018, said that he thinks it's the best decision for the company as they are currently unable to finish the project. “I believe this is the best solution for us, although it is sad that we cannot complete the project with OtherSide," Nermark said.

What does this mean for System Shock 3 you may ask? Well, it's always a bad thing when game development is going through twists and turns but hopefully, the latest agreement between Starbreeze and OtherSide Entertainment proves to be only a minor bump in the road for System Shock 3.

OtherSide System Shock 3 - Concept art System Shock 3 - Concept art

Anyway, the announcement also mentioned that Starbreeze will now focus on its core business of games development and publishing. Currently, the company owns publishing rights for Psychonauts 2 and Ten Crowns while they just recently announced a partnership with Universal to bring their multiplayer shooter Payday to mobile.

For more System Shock news, you can take a closer look at System Shock Remake , scheduled for 2020 release date.

System Shock 3 - Early concept art

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System Shock 3 - Early concept art

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