BioShock Vita possible 'if stars align'

Irrational Games' creative director Ken Levine says PS Vita version of franchise is "in the hands of business people right now."

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The BioShock game for PlayStation Vita is no closer to release, but it's also not been scrapped entirely. Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine told IGN this week that the game is still possible, but its fate is not up to him.

"That is in the hands of business people right now," Levine said. "It's something I’m still interested in, and people ask me that all the time. Right now I’m just sort of waiting to see what the business people come up with, and that’s sort of out of my hands at this point. That’s something that I think has a lot of potential. The game idea we have has a lot of potential. It’s just a question of [if] their stars all align."

Levine announced BioShock for PS Vita during Sony's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing. Months later, the developer said the game is still "in the paper design stage," and it would not be a port of BioShock Infinite or a rehash of the first two BioShock games.

Discussion

99 comments
letario
letario

Ps Vita Needs this and new versions of the following. demon or dark souls, max payne, mass efffect, hitman, gta, darksiders, final fantasy, nba2k, ssx, far cry, dead island :) am I missing anything else? O ya probably a longer heavenly sword

endorbr
endorbr

It's an easy sell if they green light it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"and it would not be a port ofBioShock Infinite or a rehash of the first two BioShock games..."

 

Either Irrational will buck the trend or they are planning the same kind of scaled-down rubbish that we've seen appear among the Vita exclusives so far (with a couple of exceptions).

tgwolf
tgwolf

If it retains it's ignoble rating I will be hoping the stars NEVER align.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

The Playstation Vita Catch-22.   People complain that there's no games, so they don't buy the system.  Developers don't want to make games because no one has bought the system.  And around and around we go.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Still haven't picked up a Vita. If Bioshock: Infinite for Vita ends up releasing, and it ends up being different from the console version (and it ends up being good), that would make me consider the purchase.

 

So far, though, Vita has had a lot of the same problems the PSP did -- a dearth of compelling software, too many ports, too many console-like games that I think don't make the transition to a portable device well.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

I plan on purchasing a Vita sometime, and a game like this would be great!

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

really hope this happens. also hope that if it does, it's done well.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

That's awesome. One of a handful of original titles for the Vita and it gets held up by a bunch of suits who only care about if the game's sales will put more fuel in their yachts and private jets.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I hope "the businesspeople" (whoever that may be) decide to bring this game out.  Heaven knows the Vita could use a Bioshock title in its library.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

He PROMISED the game on that E3. He should be ashamed now at the very least.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

first they assured us it was coming after they finish bioshock infinite...and now...now its in the hands of business people???the vita needs games damit!

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Corporate owned IP is mostly worthless anyway.

robertcain
robertcain

The PS Vita's killer app? I'm hoping the ideas in my blog come to fruition and they make this one amazing, not rushing it like they did with COD Blacks Ops Declassified, that is IF it does get made... 

Toadamus
Toadamus

If this gets released on vita i will definitly get it without a doubt.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Can't see this happening until Vita skyrockets in sales.

Damn shame though, vita could easily handle a port.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

I would love a stand alone Bioshock game for Vita.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

In other words, they're not making it until they see significant sales for the handheld.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Don't worry, those stars won't align. I very seriously doubt it will come to the Vita. It is getting avoided like the plague by third party support. It almost makes you think it's a Nintendo product or something?

Zloth2
Zloth2

It's still vaporware 15 months after announcement.  So they haven't thrown the idea out completely but it's clearly off the back burner and is now in the freezer down in the basement.

moviequest14
moviequest14

You know where they'll keep the plans for it? In a .... vita-chamber *dodges tomatoes*

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Now if Bioshock Vita is going to be some half assed afterthought then maybe they shouldnt bother making it....

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Leaving it in the hands of the Business people means this game doesn't have a hope in hell. Bioshock PSvita is doomed.

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

Not sound like an asshole towards the Vita but maybe there making sure the Vita doesn't have a chance of "dying" before they start making it.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

they also said that they wont start working on it until they are done with infinite

Kelemhuma
Kelemhuma

 

Make Half Life 3 for the Vita!! Your system will fly off the shelves!! Duh Sony Valve (Scratching there heads))..

Kelemhuma
Kelemhuma

 @lingo56 

 I agree with you 100% games sell systems. Make some awesome games to show off this hardware in the palm of your hand! Come that’s what everyone is waiting for listen to the forums. I will incite one very strong example the Ps3 which was not selling that many units until developers got on board with this thing. I mean the Vita is amazing bringing Dx9 quality graphics in the palm of your hand!Anybody listening Valve, Sony, I'm talking to you. wasn't the Ati Radeon 9800 128 mb 3d same as the Vita?

 

 I mean they showed off this card with Half Life 2!! Come on developers get on board We want a Half Life 2 for the Vita To show this hardware off!!!This kind of quality games is going to sell your system . We will start taking your system serious when you do . ((As a current Vita owner I am unhappy with system for this reason Sony listen we are telling you why you system is not selling the way you want it to.. Listen to us more quality games.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

All the vita needs is one 3rd party developer to make an AMAZING game that sells really well, and the floodgates will open and we'll get loads of 3rd parties developing awesome vita titles...

lingo56
lingo56

If this game isn't a shitty remake but instead a reimagining of the Console/PC version then it might be enough to push Developers to make actual good games for the vita. That is if the game gets made. Honestly the only reason the Vita's failing is because Devs are too lazy to make actualy decent games for it. The Hardware seems great on it but it's not being used to it's full potential.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

"in the hands of business people right now" ........translation......"the game is cancelled but don't blame it me please blame the business suits because nobody likes business guys anyways."

solidusdeus1
solidusdeus1

Would you kindly make this game?  Bring back Andrew Ryan!!!!!!!

 

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

That would actually be sweet, especially if cross-buy, but I know is too much to ask :P

CrimsonCarnage
CrimsonCarnage

 @endorbr As much as I would like to agree, I'm afraid I can't.  While I like my Vita, it is already heading down the same road as the original PSP.  The 3DS(which is itself still underperforming) is crushing it in sales, and the Vita's holiday lineup has been pretty miserable in terms of generating sales and excitement.  I realize that games like Persona 4 Golden and Little Big Planet got great scores, but they are not big enough sellers.  It would have been better for the Vita for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Assassin's Creed: Liberation to get those high scores.  That would have driven more consumers to purchase a Vita, and ultimately led to more AAA titles to be released.  Sure a Vita Bioshock would sell to the "enormous market" of PS Vita owners who love Bioshock, but not enough cover the cost of a true Bioshock game done right on the Vita.  I would love to be proven wrong, but it looks like a rough road ahead for this game and the Vita system itself. 

blair71
blair71

 @IceJester45 Ive only seen 3 ports the games the they are making that arnt ports are trash resistance burning skies, call of duty declassified,assassin's creed liberation, silent hill book of memories, even need for speed most wanted wasnt the same as console's let hackers make the vita play ps3 games easily with the graphics too. The ports they have had have been good in my opinion metal gear solid hd collection, mortal combat, marvel vs capcom, blazblue, persona 4, street fighter x tekken.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @godzillavskong Not true at all. Some great titles are on the way and sales are rising worldwide.

 

Never mind the special limited edition Vita for Soul Sacrifice. It will kick up sales quite a bit more.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

 @ToTs_00 It would be rather ignorant to think the Vita is "dying" in any form.

 

It has burst in sales recently and is steadily rising worldwide.

hardeddie
hardeddie

@Kelemhuma thats a really good idea and very true, but if only.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @Kelemhuma I doubt it will happen. Valve has NEVER made their games exclusive to a system. Always pc-first and port it to consoles *maybe* later on.

Zloth2
Zloth2

 @lingo56

 Lazy?  Have you been checking into their work habits?  It could also be that the tools they use for making games on the Vita aren't very good.  Or it could be the classic developer "we won't invest much until more Vitas are out there" and gamer "we won't buy a Vita until more games are out there" cycle.  That cycle has killed a lot of great hardware in the past.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @DarkNeoBahamut cross buy only works if it is the same game and they already said it isn't going to be and since they haven't even started working the vita game it wont be out for a long while these guys take their time and release amazing games and not pretty much the same game every year like most sport games and the cod games

IceJester45
IceJester45

 @blair71 The fighting game ports are about all I'm interested in. I have no desire to play a console game or a dumbed down version of a console game on a handheld unless it's a fighter or game in some other pick-up-and-play genre.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

 @Ferg1213 He seems good at making games, but he prostrates before execs at the snap of their fingers.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

 @shadowhunter0 Reading too hard into my comment. I'm just as butthurt as the next person that there is no Monster Hunter for Vita.

SomeOddGuy
SomeOddGuy

 @shadowhunter0  @SDBusDriver1979 Technically there would be two with the inclusion of Ragnarok Odyssey, which actually has released already.  Still, I can't help but feel uneasy what the publisher has to say about Bioshock on the Vita if sales for the system don't pick up to safe expectations(for them).  Would definitely love to see something new and ambitious for the system.