Irrational Games may no longer be in business but 2K Games could still make good on their BioShock series with remastered ports to the Xbox One and PS4. That's what some reports are indicating after a South African retailer accidentally listed that the BioShock Collection would be arriving for Sony and Microsoft's systems.
Gamespot is reporting that South African retailer Raru leaked that the BioShock Collection is due to go live on November 27th for the Xbox One and PS4. That actually makes a lot of sense.
However, there's one caveat: 2K Games hasn't announced anything... yet.
This doesn't seem surprising given that we've seen plenty of remastered editions get leaked in the past and they actually do turn out to be true, such as Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition or the biggest worst kept secret of the century, GTA V coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Remastered editions have become a huge selling point for some franchises throughout this eighth generation of gaming. In fact, there have been more remastered games remade for the Xbox One and PS4 than there have been new IP exclusively made for each respective console. The publishers are effectively reselling games from the Xbox 360 and PS3 with higher frame-rates and resolution for $60, and in some cases just one year later sort of like GTA V and The Last of Us: Remastered.
Of course, there's probably going to be very few people complaining about getting the BioShock trilogy on the eighth-gen consoles. I mean, this is probably one of the best reviewed and one of the most beloved, narrative-driven, first-person shooter brands on the market.
The first two BioShocks would be cool to see at 1080p and 60fps, but I would actually, personally, love to see BioShock: Infinite running at higher resolutions and with better draw distances on the home consoles. There are a few segments in that game that would look absolutely marvelous with upscaled graphics. Of course, PC gamers don't have to worry about that because they automatically get to see the game running clean and pristine and at its best (assuming they have the hardware to do so).
Anyway, BioShock was oftentimes highly regarded for how well it was able to convey narratives and characters that were more than just two dimensional cutouts. It was a series that also introduced a lot of difficult decision making between exercising altruism and attempting to become a Nietzschean Ubermensch. These kind of ontological dilemmas were wrapped around a sort of action-horror thriller where iconic characters and images like the Big Daddy and Songbird helped shape unforgettable and beautifully designed worlds.
Rapture still holds up quite well as this creepy, art deco city built underwater where everything drips and there's this distorted depiction of decadence at the center of it all. The city of Columbia is also a real sight to behold. Irrational Games traded the dreary underwater cityscapes for a bright, patriotic city in the sky. The aerial railways are also one of the coolest things featured in the game.
Of course, there's no guarantee that a collection of BioShock games is actually on the way, but given the accuracy of previous leaks regarding remastered games from retailers, I wouldn't put it past 2K Games to have something primed and ready for the consoles this November.