In a new interview, the company responsible for reviving and bringing back a plethora of classics into the digital age has revealed that it has held some discussions about the possibility of making a third System Shock game.
The revelation is part of an article on Fast Company featuring Night Dive Studios. Night Dive is the publisher that, over the last few years, has gone around to other studios and publishers sorting out the paperwork and legal wrangles to get classic games back on sale for modern audiences.
Some of the games brought alive again include the System Shock games, 7th Guest and The 11th Hour, Redline, Hyperspeed, Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri, the original Tex Murphy games, Shadow Man and the digital recreation of the Harlon Ellison short novel, I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream. (Here’s a list of what’s available on Steam, and there’s plenty on Good Old Games as well.)
In any case, while Night Dive has largely focused on sharing revenue with the rights holders for the games they license, they’re looking to branch out. And one possibility for that is, following on from their efforts with the System Shock: Enhanced Edition, the potential to make their own titles.
Larry Kuperman, Night Dive’s head of business development, revealed that the studio is “having some conversations” on the possibility of making a third System Shock. “To really do another game in that series is going to take resources and time and commitment that we don’t have, and it’s really not our core business,” Kuperman added.
The expertise and financial support of another publisher would be required if System Shock 3 was ever to come to fruition, although it’s certainly not off the table at this stage. Night Dive’s Stephen Kick added that the company is looking to use their licenses in other ways, including the realm of board game spin-offs.
It’s a fantastic interview about, in many ways, the business of nostalgia. If you’ve got a spare moment, I fully recommend you absorb it all over a cup of tea or coffee. And while you’re at it, have a little think about precisely what you might want from a System Shock 3. Who knows — it might even appear on Kickstarter one day.