BioShock PS Vita Was Planned As Final Fantasy Tactics-Style Turn-Based Game

Creator Ken Levine also adds that he wanted the game to be set in pre-fall Rapture.

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The BioShock game for PlayStation Vita announced in 2011 is nowhere closer to release, but now series creator Ken Levine has opened up on what he originally had in mind for the game. "I was thinking a Final Fantasy Tactics-style thing set in pre-fall Rapture," Levine said to a fan on Twitter. "As some know, I'm a turn-based whore."

Overall, the BioShock game for PS Vita was aimed to be something that would "work well" on the system and "not be a compromise in any way," Levine explained further.

No images or video for the BioShock PS Vita game have been released, and it's unclear if any actual work on the game ever got underway. Levine said BioShock publisher 2K Games and Sony were "way more enthusiastic" about the game in 2011. Since then, the companies have not been able to agree to a deal.

BioShock creator Irrational Games sold the franchise to 2K Games/Take-Two Interactive in 2005. Making the BioShock PS Vita game is not such a simple endeavor, Levine said, mainly for legal reasons. "Wish I could do it myself, but lawyers and all that," he said. "I still love my Vita."

When Irrational Games effectively shut down in February, 2K Games said it had "no update" on the development status of BioShock for PS Vita. Levine and a handful of former Irrational Games developers are now working on a "smaller, more entrepreneurial" project for Take-Two, while the future of BioShock series is in the hands of 2K Marin.

On the subject of a possible PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game of the Year version of BioShock Infinite, the most recent entry in the series, Levine said on Twitter, "I'm hoping, but not my decision."

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Discussion

22 comments
VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

It won't come out. I love Final Fantasy Tactics, so I may have given this a go-- oh well.

kye-mc
kye-mc

It definitely wouldn't be the system seller for the vita so I dont see the point even though it would be cool. I just wish the vita could find success.... Fan since launch.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Kinda glad they didn't make it now. Even if Bioshock is eventually released for the VITA (which I doubt it will be), now Levine and company aren't on Bioshock anymore it could potentially be quite different.

kindlewithcare
kindlewithcare

This game may get me to go out and buy this handheld. 

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Screw BioShock , we need system shock 3 or a spiritual successor set in space with a new AI.

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mark_1313_13
mark_1313_13

I would be down for this, hasn't been a good TRPG FF tactics since... FF tactics...

Johny_47
Johny_47

Turn based cr*p is a terrible idea. The first BioShock will be a classic it's so great, they should just bring it out as it is. If I had a vita I'd get it for it.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I can tell you guys right now that Levine has shut down Bioshock Vita since he's broke, Sony is pretty much lost hope for Vita, and as of now, does anybody care for Bioshock Vita?

darklord_86
darklord_86

As a huge fan of FFT and strategy in general .. I need this.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@Johny_47 Turn based games may not be your cup of tea, but they are alot of fun and enjoyed by many.  IMO, turn-based games translate very well to handhelds while shooters don't.  When I have a handheld I prefer a slower paced game that requires thought.  Fast paced games that require precision/reflexes are more natural on larger TV/monitor screens.  

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@EasyComeEasyGo So you're Mr. Levine's personal accountant then?


It's more likely, that Mr. Levine got out of the Bioshock game due to the staggering costs of development and his lack of vision for where to take it.  Even Bioshock Infinite reverted back to Rapture.


I'd hardly say the Vita is a lost hope.  The PSP started off slowly and eventually built steam.  Even the powerful Nintendo 3DS was a lame duck for a while at launch.  Sony's big problem is that it's own studios aren't making must own Vita games like Nintendo does with it's 3DS.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@EasyComeEasyGo People just want more games for Vita, don't care if it's Bioshock or something else

endorbr
endorbr

@Suaron_x @Johny_47 Handheld shooter worked just fine for Killzone Mercenary.  It can be done if the developer puts the time and effort into it and the Vita is the perfect platform since as a handheld its the closest to a console experience.