BioShock Vita in 'paper design stage'

Irrational Games' Ken Levine says Sony portable installment will be different from Infinite, previous two games, "have its own voice."

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The 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo served as a premiere for the PlayStation Vita, and Sony trotted out a number of third-party developers to promise support for the device. One such developer was Ken Levine, who announced that a new installment in Irrational Games' popular BioShock franchise is coming to the handheld.

If Columbia winds up on the PS Vita, expect it to be a side story.

However, it appears as if gamers shouldn't expect BioShock on the PS Vita any time soon. In an interview with Joystiq, Levine said that the game is still "in the paper design stage." He also confirmed that the current plan for the game is to not deliver a port of Irrational's multiplatform console release BioShock Infinite or a rehash of the first two BioShock games.

"I think for us, the idea we have is a really good expression on a platform like that [Vita]," Levine said. "It's a different goal. And it has to sort of have its own voice in the franchise. If it just feels like a quieter voice in the franchise, I don't think that works. For us…I'd rather do something that's an experiment and that's a little different. And is unique for the franchise."

Levine also discussed the possibility of outsourcing the PS Vita version of BioShock to another developer. While acknowledging that the team has spoken to some "extraordinary people," Levine said that Irrational is wary about handing control of its IP off to someone else.

"We have a Metacritic average of something like 88 or 89 percent," he said. "And the way you do that is you're very careful with your bets…we made that bet and now we're very carefully proceeding to make sure that it's a game that stands tall within the franchise."

For more on BioShock Infinite, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

26 comments
mattg90520
mattg90520

If thats the case, I will be buying a Vita, which is exciting but not until this game comes out.

endorbr
endorbr

This game is one of the reasons I'll be buying a Vita. Can't wait to get Infinite on PS3 as it is, and we'll be waiting even longer for this Vita installment.

mtait01
mtait01

damn I want a Vita!!! Has a Ratchet and Clank game been announced? ME WANTS!

karenwen
karenwen

From what I've seen with outsourcing development of games in a franchise, in the majority of cases the quality (and critical reception) of the games don't really match those of its original developers.

However, that doesn't mean that they can't make solid additions to a franchise. But obviously QC should be priority.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

This is the first non-Sony game that will make me buy a Vita after Christmas. Rock on, Irrational! Rock on!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

After the PSP managed to maintain a fairly lackluster library (i said fairly, there were a few good titles) I can't seem to get all boned up for the Vita..

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

Seems like the PSV is getting some good games. I'm more interested in original IPs however.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Cool beans. Looks like the PSV is the go to choice for mobile hardcore gaming.

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

another reason why i should buy psv

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

PSV gonna be a blast!!! Uncharted+Killzone+Resistance+Bioshock OMG

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@gamepunk86 Because the name helps to sell the game look at final fantasy the games have similarities but each one is different enough that some will love it and some won't I would never have bought FF13 without the FF name on it and I wouldn't be as F***** off at square if it hadnt had FF on it Infinite has different ideas but it's still bioshock at heart

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

I'm going to suspect the PSV version will be more action paced than the console versions. With a lot of Bioshock being about the atmosphere, I think a more ambient game would be tougher to replicate on a handheld experience.

clyde-frog
clyde-frog

hope it's still first person and beautiful.

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

i'm all for more bioshock but since its supposed to be entirely different why use the term bioshock? even with infinite they could have changed the name since its totally independent. maybe im missing something? is there a connection to the first two?

Ringx55
Ringx55

I was expecting a port of some sort, but I'm very pleased to hear that it's going to be a original game :)

redskinStu
redskinStu

"Levine said that Irrational is wary about handing control of its IP off to someone else. ' Say, for example, Obsidian Games.

otanikun
otanikun

Sounds good to me, I'm game :3

moviequest14
moviequest14

I could for sure understand the bioshock team choosing Vita for the go-to portable..while I am not usually a graphics-wh0re like many I think that (at least with fps's) some titles like bioshock need premiere graphics to be their best,does that mean I think that the 3ds shouldn't/won't have any fps's? No..but I do agree with Bioshock team this time.

vadicta
vadicta

A little disappointing, but I still can't wait to see what they do.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Meanwhile, my body is ready for BioShock Infinite.

buzzguy
buzzguy

Maybe irrational is taking a "wait and see" approach re: Vita's success. Crossing my fingers.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Sounds like BioShock on Vita will be an entirely different story in an entirely different setting, akin to how BioShock Infinite is entirely different from the first two BioShock games. Too bad it won't be available for at least two years, if not more.