System Shock 3 Layoffs Lead to Fears for the Project

A report on GameWatcher reveals concerns about the future of System Shock 3, the planned new installment in the action/RPG series in the works at Otherside Entertainment (thanks Acleacius). This is not to be confused with The System Shock Remaster in development at Nightdive Studios. This all traces back to a post on ResetEra from December reporting layoffs at Otherside. These were confirmed in a post on the OtherSide Forums where a former System Shock 3 Community Manager expresses their own hopes that this doesn't mean the project is in trouble. Word is this all stems from the financial problems at Starbreeze that means the game is looking for a new publisher. They also note a thread on the rpgcodex forums where some users questioned Warren Spector's leadership of the project, but the famed designer is defended by another former employee OtherSide Austin employee, who further discusses problems with the project. Here's the latest on this from a week ago:
Forwarding to last Friday, the same former employee revealed that while the core systems of System Shock 3 were done, OtherSide Austin was "critically behind" in content development, following by saying that "everyone on the content side is no longer with the studio."

They added that, had Starbreeze not pulled their support as System Shock 3 publisher, the developer "would've delivered something interesting with some fresh and innovative gameplay, but a much smaller game than what people were expecting and inevitably disappointing for a sequel to such a beloved franchise."

Lastly, when another user asked if System Shock 3 was abandoned, they responded with the following: "I don't actually know what's going on, but the team is no longer employed there."