With two highly anticipated pieces of story DLC still in the works, nobody would blame developer Irrational Games for trying to keep the focus, right now, on BioShock Infinite. However, as most gamers are curious what the developer might do in the future, the topic was broached in a Reddit AMA with Creative Director Ken Levine and Burial at Sea Level Designer Andres Gonzales.
And, surprisingly, Levine was very candid about the future of the BioShock franchise, admitting that the series could continue under publisher 2K Games but that Irrational might not be involved. That doesn’t mean Irrational is done with the BioShock franchise either, though, they will just need the right idea to bring them back.
In the AMA, Levine wrote:
“In terms of more Irrational BioShock games, it’s way too early to say. It will ALWAYS be dependent upon us having an idea that we’re in love with and excites us. IF we don’t have that, I suspect it would be another studio making one, if there was one to make. But I can’t imagine doing it if we weren’t in love with the idea.”
What that idea might be is unclear, but we’d suspect it will be much harder to conceive based on the way Infinite ended. And with Burial at the Sea taking players back to Rapture — albeit, in a noir context — the two BioShocks Irrational delivered now feel like companion pieces more than ever.
At the same time, BioShock 2 (developed by 2K Marin) turned out much better than gamers expected, and the Minerva’s Den DLC is an exceptional piece of post-game content. So, there’s no reason to think that another developer wouldn’t be fully capable of delivering a worthwhile BioShock story. Not saying that they will, but simply that BioShock 2 showed that a dev can take over from Irrational’s lead and deliver a fully competent game.
As far as Irrational’s future is concerned, the answers are much less clear. Whether it’s a third BioShock game or a completely new IP we don’t except any news will hit any time soon. As most fans know, they are a developer that likes to take their time, and other projects will keep them “indisposed.”
After finishing work on Burial at Sea Parts 1 & 2, however, Ken Levine — the main driving force behind the BioShock franchise — will be off working on a feature film script for the Logan’s Run remake, which will presumably keep him tied up for some time. For now, it’s all about Burial at Sea, which based on the first 5 minutes, looks pretty special.
Do you want Irrational Games to make another BioShock game? Or do you think they should move on to something completely different? What about another developer taking over the franchise? How do you feel about that?