BioShock studio announcing new game Thursday

Irrational Games launches teaser site for its upcoming title, code-named "Project Icarus," will reveal original IP tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. PDT.

Teaser sites seem to be all the rage with developers. Last year, Konami's Kojima Studios used a series of elaborate countdowns to generate interest in Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Take-Two 2K Games used the Web site www.somethinginthesea.com to fill in the backstory behind BioShock 2 with clues hidden in a virtual office.

Irrational appears poised to unveil Project Icarus tomorrow.

Now, it appears the creator of the original BioShock is also teasing a major announcement. The studio has launched a cryptic site, www.whatisicarus.com indicating it may finally be ready to take the wraps off of its next project, code-named "Project Icarus." The site consists of a black page with an animated vertical infinity symbol and the following text: "August the 12th, at 1:45 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time [11:45 a.m PDT]."

While the timing of the announcement is clear, it's not clear what exactly Project Icarus is. Speculation had run rife that it would be a reboot of the XCOM series--but a 2K Marin-developed shooter based on the classic sci-fi real-time strategy franchise was revealed in April. Then, just two days later, Take-Two Interactive chairman Strauss Zelnick revealed that Irrational was taken off of BioShock 2 "in order to produce an original title that could become another franchise."

Zelnick offered no other details on the project. However, speaking to GameSpot in January, Irrational head Ken Levine said that the game's full reveal would occur this year. "This is the year we'll start talking about stuff, and we stop hiding behind the iron curtain of secrecy," he said. He also said that while the game is the only one Irrational is working on at the moment, "it's a big project."

[UPDATE] To clear up any doubt, Levine posted the following message on the official Irrational site:

"On Wednesday, August 11, we will be revealing Irrational Games' new project to the press. At this special event, the press will be seeing a trailer and a live demonstration of gameplay."

"On Thursday, August 12th, at 1:45 Eastern Daylight Time, we will launch the trailer for our new game at Whatisicarus.com. Our hope is that you all will see it PRIOR to reading any news in the press (which will start to come out around 15 minutes later)." (Emphasis in the original.)

"Trust me, there's a reason."

"In the coming weeks, we will be releasing a video of the demonstration to the community as well. No promises on the date yet; we're still figuring that out. "

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212 comments
Stick32
Stick32

Bioshock begs for sequels in the same way as Hamlet begs for sequels... Sometimes stories end... let's leave it at that...

otanikun
otanikun

Seen the trailer, now they're gonna milk this franchise for all it's worth too huh? I has a sad. The first BioShock was innovative, creative and had an amazing plot with plenty of twists and turns that mimicked what you saw in flim, the second one was great as well, while not as great as the first, it was still amazing. I don't think I'm sold on this one at all yet.

breakitapart
breakitapart

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mellow09
mellow09

Bioshock infinite, nice twist making it a city on water.

mardinn
mardinn

It.. just doesn't... intrigue me. It's just Bioshock.

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

i hope they still allow u to use plasmids or something similar. something about snapping ur fingers and burning people just really appeals to me

metalkid9
metalkid9

It is also set in 1912 making it a prequel

metalkid9
metalkid9

BioShock Infinite coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2012

bodylotion
bodylotion

Game looks interesting and fresh and it could still use the same 50's theme as bioshock had. Infinite doesn't look creepy at all so i'm not sure how they're going to handle that. I do hope you're playing some kind of anti-hero like gordon freeman or jack and i hope we don't get to see you flying on a jetpack shooting of rockets :)

Rigour_Mortise
Rigour_Mortise

trouble is I really don't like american patriotism so I hope theres not too much of it in this game. Theres a lot of flags...

masterlu
masterlu

Cool. Just pause and let the video buffer, quit complaining.

bloblo8
bloblo8

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eddacosta
eddacosta

disney presents bioshock UP!

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

don't know how that's a new ip but ok.....

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Site's getting crushed and i can't see past 45 seconds. SO glad they planned for this. What a magical reveal. Nice job guys.

wei_wu_wei
wei_wu_wei

more bioshock, well im a little dissapionted...

metalkid9
metalkid9

@bloblo8, you're very welcome

jaymillz315
jaymillz315

Its another Bioshock, just not in Rapture. Looks interesting tho.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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MasonChaos
MasonChaos

@Mardinn Did I hurt your feelings because you didn't know what you were talking about? Reported me because I called him out. Not my fault you called the inifinty sign an "unlimited eight" haha.

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

wateva. i like bioshock anyway. i guess im just disappointed that all this hype made me think it would be something entirely new. ah well, at least i get to play a new bioshock. i look forward to it.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

[quote="Irrational Games"]"BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter currently in development at Irrational Games, the studio behind the original BioShock (which sold over 4 million units worldwide). Set in 1912, BioShock Infinite introduces an entirely new narrative and gameplay experience that lifts players out of the familiar confines of Rapture and rockets them to Columbia, an immense city in the sky. Former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt has been sent to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned in Columbia since childhood. Booker develops a relationship with Elizabeth, augmenting his abilities with hers so the pair may escape from a city that is literally falling from the sky. DeWitt must learn to fight foes in high-speed Sky-Line battles, engage in combat both indoors and amongst the clouds, and harness the power of dozens of new weapons and abilities."[/quote]

yugiohfan99
yugiohfan99

Bioshock Infinite! Nice. Trailer is laggy though.

bloblo8
bloblo8

I'll let it buffer 4 a while xD

metalkid9
metalkid9

godamn teaser site doesnt let me watch the whole video..grrrr!!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Trailer keeps freezing... Bioshock Infinite Accounced... What it is? Not quite sure. The site isn't working completely correctly yet either when you close the video.

Hatiko
Hatiko

Maybe it's Jack. But it's not a new IP. The things that look to be Big Daddies look more like cyborgs though because it looks like a robot wth a heart, instead of a person in a suit. And all of the hot air balloons?! Are there gonna be creatures or is this gonna be less creepy?

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

from the sea to the air. i would assume instead of big daddies and little sisters we're gonna have to deal with big mothers and little brothers. seems creativly equal to the idea of this game.

bloblo8
bloblo8

i think theres too much people on their site thats why it lags :P

Trozzbozz
Trozzbozz

Yeah, this is in no way a new IP. It's Bioshock in the air. Woop. On the other hand, yay new bioshock! :)

frankj22
frankj22

Trailer freeze half way, but I can confirm Rigour_Mortise.

Smarty12
Smarty12

I can't watch the ending, it keeps freezing. I guess it's called Bioshock Infinite based on the comments below.

bloblo8
bloblo8

the site make my internet lag xD

lyterain
lyterain

Ooooh it's look good!!!!

Daian
Daian

Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock? How is that a new IP? It's Bioshock in the air with balloons attached to buildings :|. Not that i'm complaining about a new Bioshock but it's not a new franchise. And it does sound kind of ridiculous.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@Rigour_Mortise, sounds good. I have yet to see the trailer caus its not loading, but the name Icarus makes sense though for it. With it being set in a sky city, and that Icarus myth involved him flying into the sky and falling from grace. Perhaps some representation of that myth will be present in the game. Very excited, need to see the trailer.

Neverwinterxxx
Neverwinterxxx

It has Bioshock in its name, but it's not really Bioshock. They should have called it something different.

bloblo8
bloblo8

The intro don't work 4 mehh X(