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BioShock Vita Might Still Happen

By Pete Haas 2013-07-13 16:08:45 discussion comments
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Though we haven't heard anything about the PlayStation Vita-exclusive edition of BioShock Vita for awhile, it's not cancelled. Irrational Games creative director and co-founder Ken Levine says that he's trying to get the ball rolling again.

"I talked to both Sony and 2K about it yesterday. Trying to make a match," Levine tweeted in response to a fan question. He clarified in a follow-up tweet that he's trying to get both companies to "sign off" on the project continuing.

The BioShock Vita game, popularly referred to as BioShock Vita, was announced during Sony's E3 2011 press conference. The game was said to be an original project rather than an adaptation of an earlier BioShock title. That's all that Irrational Games said about it at the time, though. In fact, that's all we've heard about BioShock Vita at all.



The last news we heard about BioShock Vita came in April 2012, when Levine announced that Irrational had put the project on hold. They were putting all of their energy into making BioShock Infinite.

"These games really are all-consuming endeavors. You do want to keep the ball rolling but it is tough to give it your full attention before you finish what you have. But weíre getting there with Infinite," Levine said at the time. He added that they weren't "as focused on the Vita game as we will be."

When asked in that same interview why so little information was disclosed about BioShock Vita, Levine said that it was because the studio wants to have something more concrete to show gamers.

"Iím fortunate that I get to hype things I really believe in, I donít have to go out and hype stuff I donít believe in. And when Iím not ready to hype it, I just donít talk much about it and thatís why when people ask me about the Vita game, I just say Iím not ready to talk about it because I donít have anything to show yet."

We'll see whether Levine's match-making results in BioShock Vita being taken off the shelf. In the meantime, Irrational is keeping themselves busy. They released BioShock Infinite in March and are currently working on three DLC packs for that game. The first details will be announced by the end of July. At this rate, even if BioShock Vita is greenlit again, it could be awhile before Irrational actually starts it.

I'm a bit skeptical that it's going to happen, honestly. Given the imminent launch of next-gen consoles, I imagine 2K will press Irrational to make a new BioShock console game. It's a much bigger financial opportunity for the company than a Vita game. Maybe Irrational will be given the resources to do both the Vita project and a next-gen BioShock, though.
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