Yesterday OtherSide Entertainment announced the opening of their new Texas based development studio. The Austin studio has a core team of video game veterans. It’s good that they do, because their first task is to develop System Shock 3.
The team is being lead by Warren Spector, who has received four lifetime achievement awards for his contribution to gaming. Spector worked as a key player in bringing the System Shock series to life, and after that went on to work with the Deus Ex franchise. The team’s Design Director is Sheldon Pacotti, who also worked on the Deus Ex series as a lead writer. The team’s Art Director is Arturo Pulecio, who has worked on a range of games, including Lord of the Rings Online and Warhammer Online. Finally we have Jason Hughes, who is the team’s Tech Director. Hughes is a industry veteran with 21 years experience. Hughes experience includes Disney Epic Mickey, as well as opening a few indie studios from scratch.
The team is also consulting with members of the original System Shock team, including Creative Director Paul Neurath (System Shock, System Shock 2), Lead Designer Tim Stellmach (System Shock, Thief: The Dark Project) and Art Director Nate Wells (System Shock 2, BioShock).
Are you a System Shock fan? I personally have never played a System Shock game, but with the remaster of the original on the way and now a third instalment it seems this is a good time to become a fan. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!