BioShock 2 developer looking for PS3, Wii vets

2K Marin says "PlayStation 3 experience required" to join its level design team, developers with past work on Nintendo's console "highly desired."

Last month, Take-Two Interactive surprised virtually nobody when it officially announced a sequel to BioShock. As had been widely rumored, the sequel to the award-winning undersea adventure game is being developed at 2K Marin, established just last December. The Novato, California-based shop is a sibling operation to the former Irrational Games, now called 2K Boston and 2K Australia.

While no platforms were formally announced for BioShock 2, it was widely assumed the game would follow in its forbear's footsteps on the Xbox 360 and PC. This week, though, hard evidence surfaced that 2K Marin is bulking up on talent for two other platforms--the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii.

On the 2K Marin jobs page is a posting for a "programmer" which lists "experience developing for next-generation game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)" as being "highly desired." (Emphasis added.) Another post for a "level designer" slot flatly states that "PlayStation 3 experience is required."

What exactly is 2K Marin's PS3 project--and is it related to BioShock 2? Is the studio hiring for Wii projects specifically, or is it merely open to hiring Wii developers for work on other projects? Unfortunately, 2K Games reps had no answers for these questions, having not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

BioShock 2 is due out sometime during the August-October quarter of 2009.

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318 comments
Dlarrain
Dlarrain

I really agree with nintendokid4

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

I can see this being put onto the PS3, but I doubt they'll make a Wii version. I couldn't see this game working to well on the Wii. Controls would be kind of awkward.

Paul2005
Paul2005

its goin on ps3 just watch but wii i dont think so

nintendokid4
nintendokid4

and by the way, thenephariouson is a typical graphics fan. "Leave the serious games to the consoles that do it best." The consoles that do it best? That's all they do! I can promise that they could never make a game like Super Mario Galaxy, becuase in order for it to be a good game (according to this guy) it must have good graphics and violence. I have both a 360 and a Wii and enjoy both things the consoles have to offer. And I will admit that the Wii attracts more crap games than most consoles, but the Wii's good games that actually had thought put into them are better than the Xbox's.

nintendokid4
nintendokid4

Why does everybody seem to think that the Wii is just some piece of crap? It could handle Bioshock. You know what? Maybe it couldn't- the 360 couldn't even handle it! There were so many times it froze! Sorry...I just get tired of hearing "the Wii couldn't handle it." Has anybody seen Super MArio Galaxy? Metroid Prime 3? Just because the Wii doesn't put out as many games with good graphics (I don't know why it doesn't) doesn't mean that it cannot. I assure you, if the developers say they are considering making one for the Wii, then I'm pretty sure they KNOW it can work.

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

Wii?! That's surprising. But if the game is great, I might consider getting that version, since the Wii Remote is so much fun for FPS games.

bandit7319
bandit7319

Not sure what Sooking means.... but face it, Wii's graphics aren't as good as 360 or PS3. I like my Wii, and I have fun with it. Especially now that Mario Kart's out, I'm loving that game. Doesn't change the fact that Wii's graphics processor isn't up to par with PS3 and 360. Which is fair enough, because they're not even going for the same target audience.

taylo13c
taylo13c

all you guys are doing is sooking but think about it wii is good it just gets treated like ps2

taylo13c
taylo13c

im sick of hearing oh the wii has sucky grafics.first of all,metroid prime 3 was amazing when it came to grafics so did NiGHTS.so think first before you say this stuff

bandit7319
bandit7319

Bioshock 2 on Wii? Yeah.. about that..... don't see that one happening. I kinda doubt the Wii could even run the first one without it taking a serious graphical and audio hit. And in Bioshock, try to discount it all you want, but the audio and video aspects are CRUCIAL to the experience.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I dont really care wheather B2 is released for the P$3 or not, so long as its at least as good as B1. i also think its really funny that people want this for the Wii, they should just stick to their family runnie, jumpie, coin collecting gimicky games instead and leave the serious games to the consoles that do it best (360 & PS3).

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Well said, Scion.. but you know as well as I do, if we didn't have crybabies in the world, all would not be right. At any rate, I own a PS3/Wii, so I'd have a hard time choosing which system to get it for.. especially with how much I've enjoyed PS3 games thus far, but also after playing MP3: Corruption (simply amazing, as Scion said). At any rate, I'll probably start off with the original, supposedly, hitting the PS3 this September and go from there.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

I would really like 2 C Bioshock running on the ps3 (provided that is the reason why the company is hiring). I would want to see how they will take advantage of the system's processing power as well as for the Wii i would like to see how they implement the motion sensing control mechanics!

Paul2005
Paul2005

Yay comin for the ps3 and wii which i both have probly gettin for ps3 but i hope it is!

GTARulez
GTARulez

For the Ps3 : not a bad idea For the Wii : no way

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

I so love seeing people complain about how "The Wii's graphics will completely ruin this game for me!!" Talk about shallow. First off, Metroid Prime 3 looked fantastic and controlled brilliantly, and the same goes for Resident Evil 4. Second, how does this game being put on a console half you people don't even intend to play on "ruin" it for you? Don't like it, don't buy it. Simple as that.

xxxtomtom92
xxxtomtom92

i just hope it comes to ps3, Bioshock was one of those games that i wish i had a 360 just so i could play it

getoconnection
getoconnection

Lol, all the fanboys up in arms because 2K wants to make 3 times as much money. And tell me how exactly is a Wii version of Bioshock going to affect your play Experience on the 360/ps3? heck, half of you played it on the PC... on low settings, lol.

getoconnection
getoconnection

Lol, all the fanboys up in arms because 2K wants to make 3 times as much money. And tell me how exactly is a Wii version of Bioshock going to affect your play Experience on the 360/ps3? heck, half of you played in on the PC... on low settings, lol.

lowerpass
lowerpass

I dont believe it BIOSHOCK for wii!!!!!!!!!!! That could be a disaster. Because Bioshock is known for its great graphics. But wii does not have that enough power.

Vampire_Turtle
Vampire_Turtle

Please oh god no please. Do not make BioShock 2 for the wii. PS3 and Xbox fine. But BioShock was complimented for its superior graphics as well as its fine storytelling. I do not want the wii's lack of graphical power to ruin this game for me.

Maazer
Maazer

supposedly, it's a prequel.

auntbessie
auntbessie

My favourite game of last year, more than Crysis and that was the one I was itching to play, Bioshock 2 can only be a good thing

McDog3
McDog3

Bioshock 2 for PS3 would be amazing....

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I passed algebra but failed Geometry twice. I think I qualify to develop for the Wii.

bertm1975
bertm1975

I hope Bioshock 2 is coming to all the systems. This may be a game seperate from the first one so PS3 and Wii owners won't need to play the first one to understand this game. Really, Bioshock is one of the most amazing games I've played, a very unique FPS, and it should be shared with all systems. Besides, with Bioshock 2 on more systems means more sales , which means a third game.

XanderZane
XanderZane

They could be making anything for all platforms. This doesn't necessarily mean it's Bioshock for the Wii or PS3. It could be a whole new project. Many developers are doing this, so why is this such a huge surprise?

hovanPS3
hovanPS3

Guess devs are starting to realize that PS3 is more in demand.

nate1222
nate1222

This sounds pretty cool. I'd like to see some good games with excellent stories/plots on the Wii. I know the graphics will have to be last-gen, but that's no biggie to me. Last-gen had good enough graphics in my book. If they could deliver similar gameplay and story telling with graphics on par with say - FFX, that'd rock! It'd be well within the Wii's means and only cost 1/3 of the development of a 360 game.

jorgepimp321
jorgepimp321

WOW ANOTHER BIOSHOCK, thats great except for gamers like me who CANT HEAR **** BECAUSE OF THERE DAMN SOUND CARD ISSUE, please fix it, I cant pass the game >: /

Raivon
Raivon

Didn't they say do the same thing last time but Bioshock became a Xbox 360 exclusive ?

Raivon
Raivon

Didn't the media report the same thing last time but Bioshock became a Xbox 360 exclusive ?

okassar
okassar

Lolz,too bad MS didn't make a contract to keep Bioshock,systemwise,only on the 360.Too late for that now...2K wants more money,ofcourse,like any other company,and if it takes expanding to the PS3 to get more mooney,then why not?They didn't get any money offered through a contract anyway.I don't mind Bioshock being on the PS3,but what I am worried about is that the same thing as GTA will happen where the 360 version gets done but then the PS3 version is taking longer to make(because Sony made wierd developing kits),so then we get BioShoch 2 probably like 3 months(or more)later.I don't think they'll release it on the Wii,the graphics would be really down graded and they would have to bother making motion sensing a functionality on their game.Anyway...BioShock 2,yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

ctg867
ctg867

I'd be willing to bet that PS3 version of Bioshock 1 gets a release before the sequel comes out, a la Lost Planet, Oblivion, Fight Night, etc. And I'd also be willing to bet that Bioshock 2 will be multiplatform, 360/PS3/PC, on day one. I bet they just want some PS3 talent on board so they can have some experience with working with the the PS3s architecture. Which, as you know, is a bit more complicated and differentiated from other platforms out there. Like the 360s, which is generally easier to develop for. As far as the Wii thing is concerned, well I have no idea. They could be doing a Wii port of the original, or a Wii version of the sequel, but I really doubt that. They could be doing some sort of a spin off, possibly involving the first or second games, but maybe not. Marin could have another project on it's hands involving the Wii, which I find more likely. Or, thinking outside the box a bit, they could be getting some Wii talent that knows how to use motion controlling well. Maybe Marin has plans to use the Sixaxis in some way for something like the hacking mini games, or something else along those lines. Maybe they want to help with developing a cool mini-game from somebody who has had work on them. Who knows. Regardless, the Wii dev comment leaves itself open for much more speculation then the PS3 comment does.

darkride66
darkride66

Yuck_too wisely asked "You don't like it, you don't pay for it...so why are you still complaining about it?" (XBL) 'Cause everyone is entitled to my opinion. On top of that, the taste left in my mouth after being subjected to 12 year olds hurling racial taunts at each other hasn't quite left yet as it was only recently that I downgraded to XBL silver. I'm free and clear of it now and it feels quite liberating. It's one of those good service vs bad service kind of stories where you feel obligated to inform everyone when you've had a bad experience. Sure there may be the same percentage of kids on PSN, but if there is they're blissfully silent. Really, I'm probably only two years removed from sitting on my porch, shaking my fist at children who dare to walk too slowly by my house.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

I say that because i have a hard time believing whether someone who frequently bashes on the PS3, whenever an article pops up, truly owns one and if they do own one that they would actually play on PSN when they are so unimpressed. Then turns around and tells me, "But really it makes me wonder why people like you sit here saying 360 is junk...", I wonder the same thing about you in relation to the PS3. Yuck_Too: "how come you didn't apply the same logic to Sony and ditch them once and for all?..." ---I have a PS2 launch console. Anyway, I never ditched the 360 either unfortunately there are games i can't play w/out it. I'm a gamer it's about the games. I also admit that PS2s HAD problems. I've seen plenty of my friends PS2s break but not with the consistency their 360s are breaking. Most of their PS2s made AT LEAST the one year mark. Besides i didn't ditch SONY because i'm not an employee/fanboy for SONY. The fact that the people at SONY made alot of mistakes with the marketing for PS3 doesn't change the fact that the console is sturdy and well made. The 360s i have owned have given me more trouble than all my past & present consoles combined so excuse me for calling it "junk".

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

I hate to interject but whenever I play online with my PS3, there are a lot of people who are playing with their mics and I can only recall ONCE there was one who was some kid who was just annoying. Now whenever I play Halo 3, I dread hearing anyone because most of my experience is playing some tool of a kid who thinks he can be a "tough guy" online. I've told my friends that there are more adult players on PS3. Does this make one system better than the other? No. I enjoy Xbox Live and know that I am paying for it because they go the extra mile to prevent cheaters (most of the time). I know might get flamed by a fanbot for my statements but these are my findings when I play consoles online. I don't own a Wii so I don't know how their online play is or if they have mics or anything.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--eViL_kA -- I've never seen any estimates much less actual numbers for how many people on PSN have mics but I know this. Over 90% of XBL Gold members have mics and that works out to a whole lot more "immature players" as you call them compared to the fraction of that on PSN which you get to hear. After all without that mic how do you know? PSN is just a muted XBL in that respect. In fact there could be more kids on PSN given your argument of "older gamers buy the PS3"...like me, us older games have kids and that "free for everyone" online comes along with it.

Haku_Ryushi
Haku_Ryushi

It'd be nice if they made it for PS3 too.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Like i said earlier, "It's true of online anything that there will be bad apples, however, PSN (if you frequent it)..."

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

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eViL_kA
eViL_kA

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eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Yuck_Too --eViL_kA -- "Don't confuse the game with the console when it comes to what age bracket plays." I understand what you are saying but don't act like what i said isn't true. It is at least more believable than "kids don't own mics" when we're talking about kids that own a PS3. I never singled out the "kids" on "Live" either. There are plenty of "grown-ups" online that act just as bad & worse than the younger crowd. From all races and nationalities. I frequent "Live" and PSN. You would have to do both to notice the difference, imo. I guess i'll search for a game on GRAW w/no respawns so i can find some "serious players" on "Live"...or i can play any online game on PSN. Like i said earlier, "It's true of online anything that there will be bad apples, however, PSN (if you frequent it)..."

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--darkride66 -- You don't like it, you don't pay for it...so why are you still complaining about it?

darkride66
darkride66

Autolycus said "Since developer costs are going off the roof, PS3 included, expecting the developer to pay for their servers, employees, maintenance, etc is not a good move." Nuts to that! They want my gaming dollar they can afford to setup a couple of servers for my online. Sony still has their say on how things are set up for security reasons, and they have their certification process and so far it seems to work great. No way gamers should be expected to shell out almost the cost of a new system over the course of their systems lifespan for the "privilege" of online play.

grigjd3
grigjd3

I can't imagine Bioshock on the Wii. The graphics are just not there on that machine.

Autolycus
Autolycus

with such a large user base, xbox live is what is needed. Anarchy online (not the game) is not the best solution. Its why people cheat on PC games all the time. Since developer costs are going off the roof, PS3 included, expecting the developer to pay for their servers, employees, maintenance, etc is not a good move. Im not a big fan boy, just anti corporate greed (which can go in any direction) but MS actually pulled the right move for developers, which is what they do (make software)

Captain-Ichigo
Captain-Ichigo

XBL > PSN. and thats right what people said most of the kids on ps3 dont have mics