Article By XGN Jessi 7
It’s been 5 years since the release of the last title in the BioShock Series, BioShock: Infinite, and rumors have hit recently that we are going to see a new BioShock very soon.
Back in 2014 while promoting the DLC Burial At Sea: Episode 2 for BioShock Infinite, Ken Levine stated that Infinite would be Irrational Games’ last game in the BioShock series. Thus leaving the intellectual property in the hands of 2K Games if they decide to continue with another developer.
A little history lesson for those who aren’t familiar;
– Irrational Games was founded in 1997 by Ken Levine along with 2 others from the former Looking Glass Studios, and was known for BioShock & BioShock Infinite.
– In 2006 Irrational Games was acquired by Take Two Interactive, a video game distributor based in New York City, who owns publishers Rockstar Games & 2K Games.
– 2007: Irrational Games was renamed to 2K Boston and 2K Australia, with the first BioShock title releasing only weeks later.
– In 2010 2K Boston returned to their originally name of Irrational Games, and 3 years later releases BioShock: Infinite.
– In 2017 Irrational Games re-branded itself as Ghost Story Games after major layoffs and restructuring in 2014.
Here is where Hangar 13 comes into play with the new BioShock title rumor.
Hangar 13 a game development company was founded in 2014 as a division of 2K Games (under Take Two Interactive). Hangar 13’s name to fame is the 2016 release of Mafia 3. In 2017 2K Czech, the original developer of the Mafia series, was merged into Hangar 13 and in 2018 had massive layoffs. Soon after they started coming up with ideas for their next game, but also reportedly moved staff to a secret project.
Word of the “secret BioShock project”, code name Parkside, really came out through an article by Jason Schreier of Kotaku titled, “How The Makers of Mafia 3 Lost Their Way“. In his article Schreier describes the troubles that Hangar 13 has gone through during the development, release, and the aftermath of the release of Mafia 3.
In which he was able to speak with people familiar with the studio itself. One excerpt speaks up loud and clear in his article;
“Next door, a small group of people were working on a project code-named Parkside, quietly recruiting from across the video game industry for a game so secret, they wouldn’t even tell their colleagues at Hangar 13 about it.Word got out, though, that it was in fact a new game in one of the most interesting shooter franchises of the past decade: BioShock.”
However what leaves this writer questioning this BioShock rumor is a quote from Take Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick, in a 2017 article from IGN where he speaks about the 2019 Fiscal year for Take Two;
“Looking ahead, we expect fiscal 2019 to be a record year for Net Bookings and net cash provided by operating activities led by the upcoming launches of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises.”
But we do have to remember that 2K not only has BioShock as one of their few popular franchises. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases in October 2018. GTA but more respectively GTA:V is still massively played by many even 5 years after release, but what about Borderlands? Could that be what Zelnick was hinting at also? Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has basically unofficially confirmed that a new Borderlands title is in the works with the many teases and hints he has dropped on various panels at conventions like PAX.
So what do you guys think? Will we really see a new BioShock title coming to us soon? Or are we just waiting for the official announcement of a new Borderlands? I guess we may have to wait until E3 in June.