Levine: Current game 'more ambitious' than BioShock

With BioShock 2 making headlines this week for being pushed back into 2010, the creative director behind the predecessor is talking about what he's doing instead of working on the underwater shooter's first sequel. In an interview with Gamasutra published today, Levine teased his current project in...

With BioShock 2 making headlines this week for being pushed back into 2010, the creative director behind the predecessor is talking about what he's doing instead of working on the underwater shooter's first sequel. In an interview with Gamasutra published today, Levine teased his current project in response to a question about the pace of expansion at his 2K Boston studio.

"When we thought about the shipping date of the project," Levine said, "we needed a certain kind of length for the title, because we had a scope and ambition in mind which is more ambitious than anything we've ever done. Even more, substantially more ambitious than BioShock. And we knew that was not going to happen overnight."

Levine has been rumored to be working on a reboot of the tactical turn-based strategy series X-Com. Speaking to GameSpot in March, the developer wouldn't confirm or explicitly deny the speculation.

"I will say that I'm probably the world's biggest X-Com [fan]," Levine told GameSpot, adding, "I won't say I'm working on an X-Com game."

Regardless of what his next project is, Levine isn't leaving BioShock behind entirely. He also told Gamasutra that he is writing a prologue and epilogue for a BioShock novel being penned by author John Shirley (City Come A-Walkin', Wetbones).

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fumpert22
fumpert22

I want bioshock 2 and I want it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!! Although a playable demo would be nice.

Peacesells92
Peacesells92

It's going to be X-com, when they can't deny something, it's usually that. But it's kind of hard to be more ambitious than a original IP like Bioshock, if you are making a reebot or sequel to something.

Biozhock
Biozhock

More ambitious than bioshock? I'll be the judge of THAT*.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Hope it's System Shock 3 or a reboot.

Toribor
Toribor

*sigh* I suppose I can wait for Bioshock 2 as long as I still get to play Assassins Creed two this upcoming holiday season.

Cobra5
Cobra5

If its X-Com, I will die. Which is sad because, well I'd really like to play it...

damonkeypirate
damonkeypirate

More ambitious than BIOSHOCK!!!...wow well I will be waiting to hear about that one. Just make sure you leave the bioshock franchise in able hands when you move on.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Dear Mr levine, you are the creator of System Shock and Bioshock whatever you are working on I will fully support it and eagerly await to try it when it comes out.

lewis2112
lewis2112

I adore bioshock but im kinda hoping that one day he might make a system shock 3

RiverHorror
RiverHorror

Its all good. I was getting worried I would have to split my time between Bioshock 2 and CODMW2 with them being released the same month. Now I can play MW2 and then later play Bioshock 2. Bioshock was one of my favorite games of all time. Playing MW online, some guy was talking crap about Bioshock saying it was overrated. What a moron. Not all FPS are the same.

wasabi2468
wasabi2468

who cares about BioShock2. The only interesting news here is the possibility of a new X-Com.

mrklorox
mrklorox

lol @ everything BloodMist has to say.

NoDice_386
NoDice_386

I'm not too distraught about BioShock 2 delay. There are too many AAA titles this year (imo). BioShock 2 WAS probably the cream of the crop, however, this will give other games a chance to shine. I did the math, for myself personally, I am slated to spend about $600.00 on games from now til the end of the year. Thats really above normal for me. Plus, BS2 will have more polish. Right now any delay for a game I'm interested in is unusually welcomed news for me. I can't believe I said that, but I'll stand by it... this time. As for this mystery game... it better not be like Molyneux's Milo

chaisemon
chaisemon

bioshock 2? yay!! 2010? nooo!!! big daddy rules... lov to play as him and use his power drill.

stevo_360
stevo_360

Whatever the game is, it deserves my attention. Bioshock was an amazing game, as were other games Levine worked on.

dark_harpy
dark_harpy

Well, I'm excited about this new game. I mean, after Bioshock, I have expectations, and I believe it could be something even more imaginative. Only time will tell but I see no reason to be worried from now. New games are always good news in today's market of endless sequels.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Well what i was trying to say is Battlefield is an incredibly half-assed game series, has been since BF Vietnam.Bioshock is genius.And, you reporting me just shows that, you're a wuss, therefore, you have an invalid opinion, so...

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

bioshock wasnt all that ambitious,it was just a toned down system shock/deus ex for the simple minded console crowd

pwnzord
pwnzord

@BloodMist ? I fail to see what the two have in common other than they are first person shooters. But they both offer wildly different gameplay. Which doesn't mean that someone can't enjoy both I don't understand why someone couldn't enjoy Bioshock and yet still enjoy Battlefield, but once again I am baffled by your comments. In answer to your question I played about 4 hours of Battlefield 2 at a friend's house years and years ago, that's about all of the experience I have with the series. And in regards to you getting reported perhaps you shouldn't have called me a nasty name and taken less offense to another person's opinion, it is after all just a game.

BloodMist
BloodMist

pwnzord loves Battllefield.It's written on his face.And whoever reported me can't take the truth.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Dear Ken Levine, Please DO NOT use anything from x-com: Interceptor. That game was made as a joke. It had *NOTHING* to do with the first 3 X-COM games. And please remake X-COM Apocalypse, I really loved that game. Thank you! :)

chrislewis1985
chrislewis1985

bioshock is the best game of the decade for me its been all downhill for the 360 since i finished the game i thought the script was from a novel anyway by ann ryan.extreme gamers and pc lovers will think better but in terms of atmosphere and tension this game really got me into the next gen era i liked gears,cod 4 and others but when you first decide a little sisters fate it is a unforgettable gaming moment. i would be shocked if the sequel gets a 9 or 10 but games do fair better with sequels than say films or musicians do.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

'More ambitious' is what they mean by saying you can talk with out saying anything. Games developers and publishers are second only to politicians and the media for being better at talking a lot without saying anything. I really don't know why Gamespot sees this as worthy of editorial coverage.

soulcold
soulcold

@jeffljtj because bioshock had easy to master controls dosent in any way prevent it from being one of the greats of all times. Infact easy controls are a big advantage, that every game aspires to have. Most games who dont fare well, do so because of hard control configuration!

pwnzord
pwnzord

@ Bloodmist The close minded cockroach. Alright... Well I suppose I'll stop having an opinion and some taste and perhaps some desire to see something done that isn't derivative of many other games and begin to lay mountains of praise on something that is far from noteworthy (other than the ironic footnote that it was popular in spite of itself). Oh wait, no I won't. But hey at least I've apparently got a career as movie critic, because I can imitate the close minded cockroaches.

jeffljtj
jeffljtj

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mrklorox
mrklorox

Lotta Bioshock fanboys out in the voting booth tonight. If I were to describe Bioshock in one word, "Ambitious" would not be in the top 25.

legenderysoldie
legenderysoldie

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SerOlmy
SerOlmy

Meh, Bioshock just didn't suck me in. I played for a few hours and lost interest, just not my type of game.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

meh, bioshock was ok. not that amazing. i don't think i'll get bioshock 2

Trogeton
Trogeton

the game is kinda hyped.. a novel might actually be better

sarahxox
sarahxox

A bioshock novel? Nice! :D

Mos-Kri
Mos-Kri

I hope the novel's gonna be better then the game. The story never got to me in bioshock

Cetanu07
Cetanu07

BIOSHOCK NOVEL WOULD BE INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

@ gcf0413,fair enough, but just a graphic upgrade for the tactical battle would be all that's needed, but given today's market it will be streamlined to death. I just can't see a modern game having all the stats and the difficulty level. It would be dumbed down, the tactical battles made realtime third person and god knows what else. I would not be confident.

gcf0413
gcf0413

@Humorguy_basic With the exception of the first sequel or 2, every game in the series has been developed by some random team of nobodys. If a proven team with significant financial backing got behind it, I think they could really do something with it. And I personally would love a new XCOM just because I came to the original so late that it is just too archaic and unhelpful for me to get into. It could really benefit from some modern design conventions.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Not sure an X-Com re-make is needed.It's fine as it is, as far as I am concerned. There's a reason none of the other UFO games have made it big time, even though they are practically identical - they just don't have the charm, they're dry. Could argue that's the problem with modern gaming in general!

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

X-COM, greatest game ever!

pakhair
pakhair

Can't wait for Bioshock 2........ Wanna know what's the new project.......

BloodMist
BloodMist

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Raykuza
Raykuza

I'm not sure what could be more important than a AAA title... Unless there is a AAAA level that I don't even know about.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I hope the game can live up to the hype and be better then the 1st game

aero250
aero250

Can't wait for bioshock 2.

megarobotoman
megarobotoman

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bennae66
bennae66

bioshock was very ambitious indeed. this mystery (or not so) project is curiously compelling

fuzzylover
fuzzylover

nice i hope the new bioshock lives up to the hype