The bad news: When Irrational Games announced it was winding down back in 2014, it handed the beloved BioShock franchise over to parent company 2K Games, and we haven’t heard anything about it since.
The good news: According to sources, 2K Games is definitely working on something within the franchise.
The news comes from a recent investor meeting, where Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick was outright asked about what was going on. Zelnick’s answer was two-fold. First, we should expect something “highly creative and innovative” from series creator Ken Levine (who has also been pretty quiet since the company shakeup).
Secondly, while it was couched in company-speak, Zelnick had some good news for BioShock fans:
The franchise is in the hands of 2K. They’ll make announcements in due time about any upcoming releases, but BioShock is unquestionably a permanent franchise for our company and one that we do believe in.
(For those playing at home, that’s pretty much the same answer Blizzard used to give when asked about Diablo in the years leading up to Diablo III.)
It’s not the first time that a publisher has continued a series without the original developer – Microsoft has moved on with both Gears of War and the Halo series after parting ways with Epic Games and Bungie. Bethesda now works on Fallout after buying the rights from Interplay. It’s not even the first time for 2K, with Gearbox Software only minimally involved in development of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
Whether or not these newer instalments are “as good” as the originals is a different question, but we’ve got our fingers firmly crossed for the Levine-less future of BioShock.