If you own the original BioShock games you'll be able to get the remastered versions of them for free when they launch this September for home consoles and PC.
PC Gamer revealed on their Facebook page that PC gamers will most certainly be able to get their hands on the remastered versions of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock: Infinite for free if they already own the original copies of the trilogy. I wouldn't be surprised if console gamers were offered the same deal, it would only make sense.
The free versions of the remastered editions came with the full announcement trailer of BioShock: The Collection, following details about the package coming out yesterday. This collection has been one of the worst kept secrets for the past year. 2K Games sent out a trailer showcasing what the three games look like being remastered for the eighth generation home consoles and for PC. You can check out the trailer below.
BioShock: The Collection will come with all three of the base games, but not only that you'll also gain access to BioShock 2's DLC the Protector Trials and Minerva's Den, along with BioShock: Infinite's DLC, Clash in the Clouds, Columbia's Finest and the two Burial at Sea episodes.
The last bit of DLC for BioShock: Infinite, Burial at Sea, received a lot of critical praise for its take on the city of Rapture and giving gamers an alternate look at the city before it all went kaput.
For a while a lot of people suspected that Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games would be re-releasing BioShock in a remastered state. The wait for the actual announcement was basically the painstaking part. Nevertheless, gamers will have to wait just a bit more before they can get their hands on the BioShock: The Collection. It's due to release on September 13, for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in North America and on September 16 for the home consoles and PC in Europe.
Take-Two isn't the only one who has been pursuing the remaster gold mine. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have been aggressively going after the remaster market as well. They have a Batman: Return to Arkham game in the works, along with another re-release of Batman: Arkham Knight in the wings. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., they ran into some issues with the port house working on Batman: Return to Arkham and now they've had to withhold the game from release until they get the issues all worked out. The crazy part about it is that they removed the PC platform from the equation, so they can't use the PC as the excuse for the problems they've run into with the remastered edition of the other two games.
In the case of BioShock, they've been mostly silent about working on the remastered editions of the trilogy, so we have no idea how easy or how hard it was for them to make the necessary changes and get the games up and running on the PS4 and Xbox One. We'll definitely find out when September arrives.