Ken Levine writing new game

Irrational Games cofounder getting to work on BioShock Infinite follow-up, is inspired by Mad Men and Ocean's 11, Full Metal Jacket directors.

BioShock designer and Irrational Games cofounder Ken Levine is writing a new game.

"Game writing this afternoon. This is something else," Levine said on Twitter today.

Asked by a Twitter user what he looks to for inspiration, Levine called out period drama Mad Men, as well as the work of film directors Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood,) the Coen brothers (No Country for Old Men) Stanley Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket), and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's 11).

Levine also said he is inspired by the work of British playwright and film writer Tom Stoppard (Brazil), as well as composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd).

On the eve of BioShock Infinite's launch in March, Levine said he had no idea what Irrational Games would create next.

"I don't have a thought for our next game, so it's kind of hard to even think about that," he said at the time.

Irrational Games currently lists 17 open positions on its website running the gamut of development. However, some appear to be outdated, as a requisition for level designer states the studio's current project is BioShock Infinite.

For more on Levine's latest body of work, check out GameSpot's review of BioShock Infinite.

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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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bourne714
bourne714

He looks like that guy from its always sunny in philadelphia

jamesjohnson5
jamesjohnson5

I think a lot of the people who feel infinite's story is over rated lack knowledge of quantum mechanics and overall knowledge of the abundant amount of heavy issues addressed in the game to understand it. Not to mention probably rushed through the game paying little attention to detail because they've played to many call of duties and are way to concerned with how many cool ways there are to shoot people. But it's all opinion in the end, I think call of duty is a terrible terrible game but many people would object to my opinion ... Doesn't make either party right or wrong... Just opinionated which is a beautiful thing.

jamesjohnson5
jamesjohnson5

Honestly I've loved almost everything he's done. The man obviously knows what he's doing so just be appreciative and dont knit pick. RPG gameplay is my favored style as well, though at the same time bioshock infinite's story was really to complex to experience with such impact through an RPG. With a story that amazing I could care less what genre was used, I would be happy regardless. Not saying not to be critical but why not save your criticism for a game that needs it....

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

Ken, please go back to your roots.  Please please please put game play first.   Remember RPG elements are one, if not the main reason I (we?) play your games... I'm afraid to say anymore as the masses seem to disagree with what I am getting at here.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Lol "who has time for all that paperwork?"

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

so the studio is apparently working on a new dlc at the moment.

mrmime777
mrmime777

A game inspired by my favorite TV show written by the man responsible for my favorite game series?


Am I dreaming?

Anstark
Anstark

i bet the new game he is writing is going to be off the hook

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

While Bioshock Infinite was good, it was not GREAT, and I feel that being an FPS held back its potential a great deal. I seriously hope Levine will be able to break free from the FPS genre this time around and create a game that is more fitting to the story he wishes to tell. 

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

Lets not forget that we're playing, games, they're supposed to be fun. Argo might be a great movie but for every critic that thought it was brilliant there are 10 Joe-publics who thought it was boring as hell.

Halloll
Halloll

whatever he make next, it better have more focus on gameplay. Bioshock Infinite's gameplay was redundant and felt average at best. 

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Meh....If it's as mediocre as bioshock infinite there's no reason to get excited...I don't know why everybody is acting like he's a genius of storytelling.Oh wait,I do understand.It's because the media told them he is, so it must be true...I'm not saying bioshock infinite was a bad game but come on...highly overrated !

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

judging by that inspiration list....it means we have no idea what the next game is going to be

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Whatever is next I'm sure will be unique.... I would like to see something that isn't Bioshock though....gameplay wise.....Bioshock Infinite wasn't really any different than Bioshock 1 and 2 in combat overall....I would like to see something new in that sense 

Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

They should remake System Shock 2 and reap in the rewards that game deserves a graphical update like they did with Black Mesa.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

He needs to step away from the Bioshock Universe.  Air, Sea...what's next...1960's space stations?....oh wait!...don't do that Levine!  I was joking!!

(is it me or does Ken look like a low level Russian drug dealer?)

jameson425
jameson425

I'm sure anything Mr. Levine does will be Amazin'...

rityu
rityu

You sir have a good taste for films. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Bioshock Infinite + 1??

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

I like his taste; Kubrick is my favorite director of all time and "There Will Be Blood" was my favorite movie of the last decade. I will be very excited to see what Mr. Levine and his team come up with next.

Shishio817
Shishio817

@jamesjohnson5 Indeed, the vast body of people do not have sufficient relevant knowledge. As an American historian, this game was a wonderful treasure trove of issues presented in an exciting way. Cheers.

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

Hell Yeah masses are disagreeing with you. Let Ken do what he does best. Making worlds and video games that are incredible. Dont like his games, dont.play.them....

Wow theres a thought troll

ThePixelOmen
ThePixelOmen

@CharlesBurns 

No, they're not, not necessarily. There should be a wide spectrum of games and movies that appeal to many different tastes for many different reasons. Both would be terrible forms of art and entertainment if they appealed to the mainstream alone.

jamesjohnson5
jamesjohnson5

and know this, I have not been brainwashed by the gaming media to enjoy a game any more than you have to enjoy the games you like. in fact I knew very little about the game and tried it out on my own free will.

We've all been brain washed since birth. in fact nearly every aspect of our modern lives are based on a foundation of indoctrination and you are not some special human being who has escaped this...do a little research on projects mk ultra project artichoke, paperclip, bluebird etc. the only way to escape indoctrination is to turn off your tv/radio/phone/tablet/xbox/pc/ etc and hide from the world.  the only thing mediocre here is your comments....But your entitled to your opinion.. 

In my opinion half life 2 is overrated (still a good game..but not "game of the decade") yet I'm not going to go trash valve and the games writers and directors for putting out an original game in a market of crap mediocre rushed out story-less fps cod rip offs.    

jamesjohnson5
jamesjohnson5

@Sun-Tzu-GE .....Im probably more against mainstream herd mentality than anyone you know, yet I completely understand why people would praise his story telling. Your statement alone suggest that you either didn't understand the game or simply didn't play it for more than a few hours. 


oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

@Sun-Tzu-GE I don't care what you say about bioshock. It's an experience that never been  made by any other game. With Elizabeth and the relationship you build with her till the end. You feel like the game has feelings.

I suggest you go back and play the game for real and think about what you just said about it.

MrTekku
MrTekku

@Sun-Tzu-GE I'm no fanboy or anything, I didn't even like Bioshock 1 and 2 that much. And I read nothing about Infinite before I played it myself. I was completely blown away by the game, to the point where I actually shed a tear at the end. And it felt SO good because there was no hype or anything that had caused it. It was genuine feelings all the way through.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

@GamerNerdTalk OMG I am so sick of the little kids that think they are all-knowing and need to tell me how wrong I am. 

Such a lack of self-awareness that you are accusing me of being a troll, while being a freaking troll yourself, is dumbfounding. Or a 'thought troll' whatever that is....

I love System Shock 2, it's tied for favorite game of all time for me. Bioshock, while a great game, wasn't as good as System Shock 2 and so on with the Shock series.   I've played SS2 like 4 times and Bioshock like 3 times... I followed Bioshocks development for two years. As one of his biggest fans I would be remiss if I did NOT speak my mind about how I really feel about his game, which I didn't even do in my original statement. The masses also think Justin Beiber is great, does that actually make him great? Nope....

Regardless, trollish words from someone who has an RE6 avatar and actually gave that game an 8/10 mean absolutely nothing to me. Keep buying the games you are told to buy there champ.  Don't think critically or anything, just keep consuming.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Vkain Not co-op, but perhaps a 3rd person action game of sorts. By doing so, it won't be limited to just shooting and can also incorporate some platforming and puzzle elements to the mix. If you strip down Bioshock Infinite to its core and remove the story (which I enjoyed) you are left with an average shooter. The middle portion of the game was repetitive as it kept throwing brainless swarms of enemies at the player. I feel like Infinite had the potential to be more. By being an FPS it is limiting its potential since there is only so much you can do with the game mechanics. On the other hand, the story was great but we didn't get enough of it. Don't get me wrong, I think Infinite was good, but it could have been more.

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@ThePixelOmen  

Perhaps fun is the wrong word then. They're supposed to be enjoyed. I know I didn't enjoy Infinite as much as I expected to and judging by the gamer reviews I've read neither did a lot of other people.

2001 A Space Odyssey is an incredible film, brilliantly executed and incredibly deep in meaning and symbolism. How many people do you think would list it as their favourite movie though?

I guess it's like my art teacher used to say about certain artistic movements. "You don't have to like it, but know that it's good."

I think that applies to my experience of Bioshock Infinite, I don't have to like it (and I didn't) but I understand that it is good.  

 

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@speedy5212  I should have guessed that one of you fanboys will give me sh1t for saying that.I don't care what you think because you were clearly brainwashed by the gaming media and the hype...

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@CharlesBurns I agree. It is obvious that Levine wanted Infinite to be more than what the final product turned out to be. He was most concerned with the story and NOT the actual gameplay. He has even stated that the main reason it was a FPS is simply because he wouldn't get the budget he wanted otherwise. It is easier to sell and market to the masses as an FPS. When all is said and done, you are left with an average shooter that simply wasn't all that fun to play at times.   

Vkain
Vkain

@Sungod1984 @Sun-Tzu-GE @speedy5212 That's funny because I thought the first bioshock game was mediocre and I really enjoyed the environment and characters in Infinite better. It's not a matter of brainwashing, it's a matter of personal taste.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@Sungod1984 That's cool.I have no problem if you liked it.As long as you don't have a problem with me thinking it was overhyped. 

Sungod1984
Sungod1984

@Sun-Tzu-GE @speedy5212 Its not always hype besides your entitled to your opinion don't act like him and ridicule is personal opinion. I personally liked the game and Ill let you have your opinion.