2K Games: ‘BioShock’ Will Continue Without Irrational Games

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BioShock Will Continue Without Irrational

When Irrational Games’ Creative Director and Founder Ken Levine announced, unexpectedly, that the developer, as we currently know it, would cease to exist, thoughts immediately turned to the 100+ staff members that would soon be without employment. Luckily, the game development community, as it has many times before, rallied behind their brethren, and worked diligently to find each and every one of the former Irrational Games employees a new home.

But, beyond questions of Irrational Games’ future, there were also looming questions surrounding Irrational’s flagship franchise, BioShock. With the series now falling into the hands of publisher 2K Games many wondered whether BioShock too would disappear.

The good news is that the BioShock franchise will continue under 2K, obviously with a new developer at the helm. 2K Games believes there are still “many untold stories” left in the BioShock universe, and they “look forward to exploring the next BioShock experience.”

In an official statement issued to Polygon, 2K expressed their deepest gratitude to Ken Levine and the whole of Irrational for their work on BioShock and BioShock Infinite. Although Infinite didn’t quite hit the sales numbers that 2K was hoping for, the release received plenty of attention in 2013. The game was also praised as one of the standout narrative experiences from last year – one that seemingly had a definitive end. But, there is still a business running behind it all, and so it’s in 2K’s best interest to keep the brand going.

Obviously, this news is bittersweet. After the release of Burial at Sea: Episode Two most fans figure Irrational will have sufficiently tied up all loose ends left dangling in the BioShock franchise as a whole. Well, at least we hope they do. Which begs the question as to where BioShock could go next, or if it even needs to continue? There is certainly more to be done with BioShock from a mechanics perspective, but the current narrative doesn’t leave a lot of options.

Yet, BioShock 2, the only game not developed by Irrational, was a surprisingly solid sequel. Unfortunately, most of the folks who helped make BioShock 2 a success have moved on to Arkane Studios, the developer behind Dishonored.

Regardless of who takes over, we are likely several years away from a new BioShock game, let alone an announcement of said game. Same goes for Ken Levine’s next project, which we are equally curious about.

Do you think that BioShock should have ended with Infinite or would you like to see more games? Would you like to see a sequel set in Columbia, Rapture, or some new setting?

Source: Polygon

TAGS: 2K Games, Bioshock, BioShock: Infinite, Irrational Games


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  1. I really don’t like the space/moon idea, seems like it’ll be like Dead Space. I think the next game should be with Sally but as an adult and she sees visions of Elizabeth and gets her memories after drinking the ADAM from Elizabeth body. Then Sally hears about Rapture or something new and it takes off from there while Elizabeth guides her like Booker did

  2. Maybe return to rapture, have someone build a new version, maybe call it “Neptune”. Maybe a boat instead of a plane crash.

  3. I think it would be nice to play during the timeline of infinite, Where you play as songbird, Wreaking $hit up behind the scenes, encountering booker and Elizabeth along the way, or a year after infinite, with an open world. that would be amazing :)

  4. I think a next Bioshock should be a dark journey through the remains of Columbia. Like, Columbia’s slowly sunken from the sky, so alot if not most of it is actually grounded, and some of it didn’t fall quite as gracefully and is all broken up. But some of it’s still floating, some just a little ways off the ground, some a bit higher up. No idea who you would play as though. But then there’d be like, the Boys of Silence here and there, and it would be a bit ravaged through and stuff. Probably a bit more open, bigger environment. Kind of return to it’s roots but with new stuff from Infinite, along with some more new stuff

  5. Splatt3rman im srry to burst ur bubble but Booker/ comstock died no comstock no colombia so their for cant be a broken down colombia

    • In Burial at Sea Ep 2, Elizabeth visits Columbia through a tear. It’s still there.

  6. I think going back to rapture in a future setting would be pretty killer. So many places you can go with a story like BioShock

  7. With all these ideas for cities (and the fact that I really don’t believe that they would make a city in space) why not make a city deep underground? Inside a giant air-pocket close enough to the earths core to use its geothermal energy, with new plasmids like seismic blast, or maybe gravity slam. It could exist in the same world as rapture and they could expand on that.

  8. Return to Rapture! There is still much life in the city!

  9. Honestly, I know Booker is dead. But I really would like to see is an alternate aftermath dlc or another game about Booker and Elizabeth and them being caught up in some sort of plot taking them to another location (like the moon of maybe even a remote island or something) I really liked the plot of infinite and the ending really sucked, considering Elizabeth just killed Booker/Comstock

  10. i played and winned biochok infinite + DLC but i still want to play a new bioshock who will present us what will happen next. It may be a game with 2 stories. one for ellizabeth and 1 for Booker.K that’s what i think but others have another ideas. Good Luck

  11. I remember when Elizabeth drowned Booker in infinite… So maybe someone found Booker’s body in the river and sent him some where like a scienc lab where they put some scientific experiment on him and it brought him back to life. And once he’s back he could have this whole journey into finding a tear and a machine or person to open the tear so he could find Elizabeth in one of those dimensions so they could go on a journey trying to solve and get something very important for the world possibly.

  12. Maybe do one similar to hell? Or the ideas of hell? Underground… Below the sea… A space one, maybe an ice one, one in the desert, one in the jungle, idk… Now that i think of it… There arent many options

  13. or an underground city, and you can now become part machine, jump further, spit fire and go on. by implanting a chip. THem you get the moral question when you are a man or a machine. You have big daddy type of things with big drills and stuff so they can go thru the stone and dirt.
    Bioshock: Man or Machine.
    People who are to much machine to think straight, like splicers, they just want more power. This would be so awesome.

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