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Posts tagged “OtherSide Entertainment”

System Shock 3’s Shodan comes to life in new pre-alpha trailer

It's been six months since the last time we got an eyefull of Shodan mark 3, the AI villainess of OtherSide Entertainment's upcoming System Shock sequel. Now in a new pre-alpha gameplay trailer we finally get see 'er in action. The studio released the video earlier today, giving a slightly clearer picture of the revamped universe of System Shock 3 and its unfortunate denizens who…

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System Shock 3 first trailer: she’s back (and so’s he)

Devil's advocate: I'd have been even more excited about Otherside's System Shock 3 if it didn't have revered murder-computer SHODAN in it. 'Shock, traditionally, has been about pushing things forwards, not looking to the past, and what stronger statement could there be than to ditch its godhood-seeking figurehead? Make the big bad a disgruntled janitor named Susan instead, maybe. But I won't pretend that I…

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System Shock 3 returns to OtherSide after Starbreeze sell publishing rights

Troubled publisher Starbreeze won't be associated with the upcoming System Shock 3 anymore, as they've sold the rights to the game back to developers OtherSide Entertainment. The publisher have announced that "Starbreeze fully expects to be reimbursed for costs the company has had in connection with the development of the game". Both companies have had their share of trouble recently, with Starbreeze filing for administration…

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Feature: Through the looking glass

This is not a review of the wholly unfinished Underworld Ascendant

Having poked around at the earliest stages of Underworld Ascendant, I've reached the conclusion that it's just not in a fit state to be released, and as such, not in a fit state to be reviewed. Announced in 2014, this spiritual sequel to the seminal Ultima Underworld games of the early 90s was Kickstarted $860,000 in early 2015, with a ridiculously optimistic release date of…

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Underworld Ascendant is out today

Underworld Ascendant is out now, OtherSide Entertainment's crowdfunded spiritual sucessor to Ultima Underworld. For the younger among us, or those who had better things to do in the early 90s than trawl imaginary dungeons, that means it's a first-person action RPG with a focus on puzzling out creative solutions to problems. There's stealth, parkour and multiple ways through every level, with your choices on a…

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Underworld Ascendant sneaks in one last trailer before next week’s launch

We might have escaped October, but there's still plenty of skeletons in Underworld Ascendant, OtherSide Entertainment's successor to immersive sim great granddaddy Ultima Underworld. Backstabbing, sneaking, turning traps on their owners and generally being a high-flying swashbuckling so-and-so looks to be order of the day, according to its new launch trailer. The game is launching in just over a week now - next Thursday, November…

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Underworld Ascendant now surfacing in November

Several years after escaping the dungeon hell of Kickstarter but a little later than planned, Underworld Ascendant has announced a release date of November 15th. Y'know, the action-RPG coming from OtherSide Entertainment? Y'know, the studio co-founded by Ultima Underworld designer Paul Neurath and Deus Ex director Warren Spector? Y'know, whose legacies are felt in immersive sim-y elements from sneaking to stacking boxes to pass obstacles?…

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Underworld Ascendant swings into action in September

Perhaps being nine years old when it was released may have dulled my appreciation of the original Ultima Underworld. Looking back, it's a vitally important, genre-defining game, but I was just too young and inexperienced to appreciate it at the time. Decades of playing immersive sims later, and I am practically buzzing with anticipation for spiritual successor Underworld Ascendant. Today, OtherSide Entertainment (who are also working…

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OtherSide hopes you’re smarter than Underworld Ascendant in first trailer

Underworld Ascendant is the first in a series of titles where Looking Glass studios alumni are moving to reclaim their former mantle. Under the OtherSide Entertainment banner, they're working on a proper System Shock sequel, but the game we'll see out of the gate next is the Ultima Underworld sequel we deserve. The Dungeons & Dragons flair is mixed into an immersive sim setup that…

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Feature: Blissful abyss

Underworld Ascendant wants you to break all the rules

Underworld Ascendant is a game for anyone who has ever tormented a GM during a tabletop RPG session. The maps have been drawn up, the traps have been primed and all of the plans are coming together. You're deep in a dungeon and the story is about to take a very unpleasant turn. And then... “You said the spikey pillars are made of the same…

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System Shock 3 signs up with Starbreeze

Starbreeze are putting $12 million towards System Shock 3 [official site] in a publishing deal, the Swedes announced today. Publishing deals are rarely exciting enough for us to mention but this means: 1) System Shock 3 is actually, definitely still happening. We did not imagine this. It wasn't a dream. A new System Shock is being made by a team including Warren Spector, Terri Brosius…

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Underworld Ascendant Unveils New Art Style

We've seen a little of Underworld Ascendant [official site] in action since OtherSide Entertainment crowdfunded their revival of ye olde Ultima Underworld games, but we've not seen its final look. They've been talking about what they call an "authored look", an art style inspired by the unreality of tabletop games. Today Otherside shared a few new screens showing exactly what that means for the game's…

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Warren Spector Working On System Shock 3

In the kind of Getting The Band Back Together news that makes me hyperventilate ever so slightly, the news just broke that Warren Spector has joined Otherside Games, the studio working on System Shock 3 and Ultima Underworld spiritual successor Underworld Ascendant.

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System Shock 3 Formally Announced Oh Gosh It Is Real

System Shock 3 [official site] is now properly, formally announced with a press release and everything, and, well, I was two-thirds right. First, the basics: the third part of Looking Glass Studios' hallowed sci-fi FPS-RPG series, whose rights were only recently untangled by Night Dive Studios, is being made by OtherSide Entertainment. That's the Underworld Ascendant lot, who were founded by Looking Glass co-founder Paul…

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System Shock 3 Teased By Looking Glass Veterans

Oh! Well then. I guess System Shock 3 is actually happening. Cool, cool. Seems it'll be coming from a team including folks who worked on the original too: Looking Glass co-founder Paul Neurath's new mob OtherSide Entertainment. You know, them lot currently working on Ultima Underworld sequel Underworld Ascendant. Yep, no biggie. STAY CALM, ALICE. MAINTAIN STEELY EXTERIOR. Otherside have a teaser page saying "SYSTEM…

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Underworld Ascendant: Peek Into The Stygian Abyss

"A rogue's view of the dwarven magic controlling the flow of lava in the Stygian Abyss' Volcanic core." That is how the folk at OtherSide Entertainment teased a video for a prototype of their RPG Underworld Ascendant [official site]. I'm a sucker for wanting to peer into Stygian Abysses (provided they don't start peering back into me) and thus here we are. They did not…

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Ultima Underworld 3 Ascendant Is Funded

Two years ago, if you'd asked me how a spiritual Ultima Underworld sequel made by assorted Origin/Looking Glass veterans would fare on Kickstarter, I'd have said "funded in 60 seconds!" then smiled smugly. In 2015, that really doesn't happen unless you're a funny watch or a card game about weapons of mass kitty destruction. It looked a little touch and go for Underworld Ascendant for…

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Looking Glass / Irrational Does System Shock 2 Live

Even a few years ago, the idea of getting to watch assorted Looking Glass and Irrational alumni play and talk through revered sci-fi immersive sim System Shock 2 sounded like an absurd fantasy. Twitch and Twitter, whatever else they might be throwing at the world, have broken down so many barriers. For instance: two of hours of System Shock 2, with live commentary provided by…

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Underworld: Ascendant Wants To Let You Improvise

Oh goodness me. If Underworld Ascendant [Kickstarter] can at least match my hazy, confused memories of Ultima Underworld 2, the first game I ever played on my dad's PC, then I'll be a happy bunny. If it can match what's being said by the team about their "improvisation engine", then my jaw will hang agog. They are, it seems, attempting to create a setting where…

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Feature: Experimentation and improvisation

Beyond Looking Glass: Underworld Ascendant Interview

Underworld Ascendant [official site] has some big shoes to fill. Big shoes of Nostalgia +8. As a continuation of the Ultima Underworld series, with a team led by Looking Glass veteran Paul Neurath, Ascendant is picking up where the immersive first-person RPG left off a couple of decades ago. The game is currently well on its way to a $600,000 Kickstarter target and I spoke…

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