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Irrational Games is currently plugging away at BioShock Infinite, the third installment in the first-person shooter series. However, a new report suggests that they're looking ahead to the next game as well.

"We have had an exceptional reception of BioShock Infinite by fans which has many of us tossing around ideas for the next title in the series," an "inside source" told PlanetXbox 360.

The first two BioShock games took place in the underwater dystopia of Rapture. BioShock Infinite introduces an entirely different setting: the floating city of Columbia. This city, meant as a tribute to American exceptionalism, has been torn apart by a civil war. The source's mention of Infinite's positive reception seems to suggest that the next game will share that setting as well.

There's no mention of whether said source works at Irrational Games, parent 2K Games, or one of 2K's other subsidiaries. It's tough to determine, then, who's going to make BioShock 4. Irrational would presumably be the first choice for developing the fourth BioShock. However, they did hand the reins over to 2K Marin for BioShock 2.

I don't think there's any doubt 2K will greenlight a fourth BioShock. It's been one of their most critically and commercially successful new franchises from this console generation. It's only fitting that they'd bring it to the next generation of gaming platforms as well.

BioShock Infinite, meanwhile, is still far from release. It won't arrive in stores until February.

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