BioShock Vita still not in development

Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine says stalled business dealings holding back PlayStation Vita game.

A BioShock game for the PlayStation Vita was announced at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it is still not in development. Irrational Games boss Ken Levine explained to IGN that the game has not yet gotten underway because of stalled business arrangements.

"As I said before, that's sort of out of my hands right now. That's with the business guys...negotiating that business deal and trying to make that work for both sides. I've got my fingers crossed that that's going to happen because it's something I want to do, but until somebody starts signing the checks, there's nothing I can do," Levine said.

"At the end of the day, I work for Take-Two and if we were to do a game, they need to be able to fund that development, and they need to make sure they have a deal in place that makes sense for them and makes sense for Sony," he added. "It has to work for [Take-Two] financially, it has to work for Sony financially…and hopefully it will come to fruition."

In December, Levine said the team at Irrational has an idea with a "lot of potential" for BioShock for PS Vita. However, he cautioned gamers not to get too excited about the title, saying it would only be possible if the stars align.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

While the VITA could probably use the sales boost a game like BioShock would bring, I imagine there's a lot of gamers out there that would be happy if it didn't happen.

Even if this never happens, hopefully Irrational will be able to put their ideas into a home console game.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I wonder how many other Vita games will be canceled probably not much last I checked their were five upcoming games total.

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

Well, I hope he gets the chance to make what he wants. Business world is crazy at times.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Well not too long ago there was an article of him saying how if he does start development he will let us know.

So may i ask what was the point of asking him again? None honestly.

Just a troll article made to garner more fuel to the hate fire. And don't go "but gamespot doesn't do that"

BS practically all media outlets do it in one way or another. Fox News does it towards Democrats and Obama, Gamespot does it to the vita(look at the vita main page, they don't update it much despite news being out there), yahoo does it to anything it can touch just for ratings but yahoo sports is notorious for pointless bash articles, and so on.

Now if a staff member comes here to tell me otherwise that is fine. If you want to show me otherwise simply fire Eddie.

He constantly reports inaccurate information, posts pointless articles, has bad vocab skills, and sometimes i even wonder if he can spell.

His repeatedly calling the touch pad on the ps4 controller a touchscreen is just one part.I mean really he was there at the conference and couldn't get it right? While the rest of use heard touch pad a few times over? And never mind the pictures of the controller with the very obvious touch pad. Which if you pay attention looks the same as the vita's rear touch pad.

I mean i am sorry but the guy pays very little attention, has very little sense, and i question his intelligence.

unreal101
unreal101

Vita isn't selling because there are very few good games on it.

Developers are not making good games for the Vita because it isn't selling.

... and Sony's just sitting on its ass waiting for the problem to resolve itself. Wonderful

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

"Stalled business arrangements"

Basically means until sales increase a little they're not going there.  Quit with the business talk and say it how it is!

sam628
sam628

vita reminds me of windows vista from microsoft

Vambran
Vambran

Vita is a great portable system. This thing would have been huge 10 years ago. But with everybody using cellphones or ipads , nobuddy wants to carry around a dedicated gaming portable anymore.


goldmask
goldmask

How long will the nightmare of vita Games

Samparksh
Samparksh

If these guys are bringing a Bioshock exclusive then yes,that's exactly what Vita needs!!!

obsequies
obsequies

so does this mean a standalone bioshock game for the vita or a port of infinite?  

SecularSage
SecularSage

This isn't a surprise. It'd cost a fortune to make an original Bioshock game for the Vita, and Sony is putting all of its eggs in the PS4 basket right now. The normal incentives that are offered for exclusives probably aren't on the table, and the Vita's install base is still too low for a AAA exclusive like that.

If Sony can make the Vita an essential accessory to the PS4, it'll take off like a rocket. The Vita's only been out for a year, folks, and it really is a high-end piece of hardware. Give it some time before you declare it a failure. The original DS, the 3DS and the PSP all had slow starts too, and all of them wound up being successful in their own right.

saifssj6
saifssj6

hahahahahaha.....(takes a deep breath)...hahahahha...still anybody thiks VITA wasnt a mistake?I mean it has great specs and all..but what is the use if it doesnt have any games?Sony has their plate full keeping PS# afloat..this was a terrible mistake..they could have focused their time,talents and resources on ps3 rather on creating a new platform.

DustbusterGF
DustbusterGF

BioShock Vita still not in development.. ???????????????? its called ported

Toadamus
Toadamus

Ps Vita will start getting popular when the ps4 gets released.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Does anyone ever remember playing a good portable game on a Sony device (PSP)?  I'm looking at my collection and nothing is standing out as all that great.

And don't say some crappy RPG for Japan or Square - most North American gamers don't care about those.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I feel like Nintendo have demonstrated their wisdom with the 3DS. Lower end specs means cheaper for consumers and developers, more units sold and less risk for developers. Granted we are seeing  a different style of game on the 3DS but its getting support. 

chimpGodfrey
chimpGodfrey

This is the perfect example of a catch 22. No one's making games for the Vita because Vitas aren't selling. Vitas aren't selling because no one is making games for the system. It's up to Sony to fix this.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Translation: The publishers not interested. No surprise given the current state of the vita. Sony needs to hit hard with first party on that machine. Else what are they expecting people to buy into. The possibility that maybe at some point third parties will be interested?

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Eddie....this isn't news.

Oosaka-chan
Oosaka-chan

@sam628 It's far from that, and this comment of yours was just plain stupid. Shut up and sit down.

BigAl519
BigAl519

@Vambran 

This is the dumbest excuse for poor sales ever. Why are they not affecting the 3DS yet somehow have magical powers over the Vita? Ever think people just don't like or want a $250-300 handheld with no internal memory, high priced mem cards, very little to offer that the cheaper handheld doesn't and no AAA games behind it? Its a powerful system with nothing to show, its not because of phones and tablets lol

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@SecularSage Sony is pushing the vita very hard in Japan right now. When the west has some big games coming, Sony will advertise big time. Soul sacrifice has had 3 different commercials this month. They making a big push for that game, and PSO2 and GE2.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@saifssj6 Sony needs to fire their RnD department.  Smartphones have changed portable gaming drastically.  Who'd pay 40 bucks for a game that is mediocre when you can play a critically acclaimed .99 cent game?  Who'd lug around a clunky gadget when a Smartphone fits into your pocket?


While Nintendo has scraped by with a minor hit in the market - their numbers aren't close to where they've been historically.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@saifssj6 I'm sorry, but the vita is amazing. The only thing it doesn't have is nostalgia driven Nintendo fanboys buying it for the next Mario or Pokemon. I have the same amount of games for PSV and 3DS. I use both equally. PSV destroys 3DS in every aspect. Except it doesn't have Nintendo franchises to rely on.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Toadamus False - it'll be 2 year old technology by then.  When was the last time you paid full price for 2 year old technology?

jediapprentice
jediapprentice

@Sevenizz You would be surprised, there are alot of American gamers who love those games. Why do think Japanese games are localized in the first place.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@Sevenizz name some games for 3DS/DS made by western devolopers. Oh wait...there aren't any. Sony has way more games from western devs. Blind fanboy is blind.

SecularSage
SecularSage

@Sevenizz Both of the God of Wars (Origins and Ghost of Sparta), Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, GTA: Liberty City Stories, Lumines and Lumines II, Patapon 1-3, Killzone: Liberation, Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Daxter, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, Secret Agent Clank, Burnout: Legends, LittleBigPlanet ... and that's just off the top of my head. There are lots of others.

And don't discount Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Dissidia Final Fantasy or Crisis Core - all of them are amazing games that sold a ton of copies in the US.  

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@chimpGodfrey Vita is an over-expensive gadget that isn't really portable and has sub-par (full priced) software on it.  Look at Smartphones.  Why would you lug around this gadget when a phone fits right in your pocket with ease?

It amazes me that Sony RnD didn't do their homework and see what the trend in portable gaming is and adapt to it.

Mister_Zurkon
Mister_Zurkon

@AyatollaofRnR It sounds like Sony isn't interested in supporting it either.


Noticed they recently said all first party teams are on PS4 development?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@WolfGrey Just another warning telling us not to buy a Vita and be wary of Sony products.


Thanks Eddie!

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

@Oldboy08 Soul Sacrifice is the only good game on the Vita as far as I'm concerned. 

But somehow I don't see Sony doing anything to promote it in USA, offering price drops or anything special so I'm just gonna ignore it.

Oosaka-chan
Oosaka-chan

@Sevenizz Well, let's agree to disagree. I have an iPhone, and although I think it's a great device (a phone and an iPod in one) it's really only for casual gamers (let's face it, GTA3, Max Payne, or other AAA titles on iPhone or other smartphones are a nice idea, but a pain in the *ss when it comes to touch screen control).

Also I'm now really sick of those (more and more) freemium games that took over the "Top free" section of the "App Store". You really have to look for cheap but good games nowadays. Freemiums are boring, dull, and really f*cked up. And the saddest thing is that many dumb people are willing to pay 60-100USD for a few gems/ingame cash etc.. Free.. Yes, whatever..

So that's all about the .99 cent or free games. Either they are in the category of Angry birds and Temple run (casuals) or sh*tty freemium games.

I like my Vita and what it offers (a real console game experience). It has numerous good and great games, and it's getting better day by day!

saifssj6
saifssj6

@Oldboy08 :i am very vaery sorry,have i once implied that the Vita is a bad piece of technology or that i am a nintendo fan?plz do read to WHAT i have complained about and then reply

Toadamus
Toadamus

@Sevenizz @Toadamus No like it will start getting notice for what it can really do or maybe developers can give it a chance

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@jediapprentice
Charts say otherwise.  A few games get localized for a niche market that will sell a few thousand copies - but not in record breaking numbers.  Besides, the game is already made, translating it to English and hire an actor or two to dub it isn't that costly.

chimpGodfrey
chimpGodfrey

@Sevenizz @chimpGodfrey I agree price is a factor I left out of my comment, but Sony is in control of that and can change it. The software is sub par because no one is sinking money into titles because they aren't going to sell many copies to make their money back. Lastly, I hate Smartphone gaming. It's like the Kinect of portable games. I guess the convenience is worth it to a lot of people, just not me. 

robbiejones
robbiejones

@Mister_Zurkon @AyatollaofRnR  yes but however there still promoting cross play between the two, i do believe the vita well sell more copies when ps4 comes out not jus cause of cross play, but cause the ps4 well be very succesful and people all well want more sony products

jediapprentice
jediapprentice

@Sevenizz  I know your a fanboy, who has nothing better to do with, your so called life. So I strongly suggest you to leave the discussion to adults with brains, and not brain dead little children.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Toadamus @Sevenizz You're assuming that the PS4 will be a hit.  Based on last week's presentation - I highly doubt it.

jediapprentice
jediapprentice

@Sevenizz There are some localized games that have become big hits like, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest, Metal Gear, Street Fighter, Tekken, etc.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Trainz2006_fan
Um, because it wasn't good?

You can't test most portable games as demos are non existent.  Reviews often are swayed by advertisers (on sites such as this one).

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@chimpGodfrey See, I like Smartphone gaming.  It's the perfect portable fix.  I can get a 5 min session at work by taking mini-breaks, it's great while in long line ups or waiting on appointments, and great while traveling on a plane in economy.  If I want to spend 20+ hours on a game, I'd rather sit in my basement or living room and be comfortable in front of my TV.  Not to mention the cost.  If I plunk down .99 cents for a title and it's not good - I hardly feel being ripped off than spending 40 bucks for something I'll only play for 5 minutes and never touch again.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Trainz2006_fan  

Clever.  But I have owned every Sony gaming console that has been made (minus the Vita) and don't have much fun on any of them.