We still may not know much about Ken Levine’s next game but, following a livestream Monday evening, we at least now know what recent games have influenced the father of Bioshock’s next creation.
Taking part in the Take This Charity livestream, Ken Levine booted up Dying Light earlier this week and started playing the zombie-slaying game while fielding questions from the audience.
Since Levine’s studio, Irrational, closed down following the launch of Bioshock Infinite, it’s no surprise that the vast majority of questions fired at the beloved creator pertained to plans for his next video game.
When asked what games he has drawn inspiration from while developing the new game, Ken Levine’s list was certainly an impressive one. It’s hard to imagine how all of these games will bolt together Voltron-style to create a single piece of digital entertainment, but we’re certainly interested in seeing how that all pans out.
Along with Dying Light, Levine said his next game has been inspired by one of his earlier projects, System Shock. Outside of that, he said inspiration was also drawn from games like Dark Souls, Civilization and even Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It’s not so hard to imagine how most of those games might be able to bleed into a single new game, but the mention of Civilization is certainly throwing us for a loop.
At this point, we actually know a pretty good deal about what Levine and Co. have cooking, even if those details don’t reveal anything too specific. Levine has said in the past that the game is set in a Sci-Fi world and that it deals with the idea of artificial intelligence. We also know that his next project will be set in the first-person view, and that it is being designed to be played multiple times.
It’s also important to note that Ken Levine has reiterated the fact that folks shouldn’t go in expecting the next Bioshock in terms of scale. This next game is coming from a smaller studio with a budget to match, so Levine has said to expect a smaller open world for players to explore.
Outside of that, we’re just waiting on Levine to keep dishing the details. We haven’t heard anything about a name for the game yet, much less which platforms it will launch for or when. Since this game is coming from the mind that brought us Bioshock, however, we’re fairly certain whatever Levine announces next will have many a gamer grinning from ear to ear. As much as we love his infamous series, it’s also kind of neat knowing that, this time around, the team was able to do something completely different.
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