Levine hasn't given up on BioShock Vita

Irrational Games creative director Ken levine says he has met with Take-Two and Sony about the idea in the past few weeks.

Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine remains intent on bringing a BioShock game to the PlayStation Vita.

"I am literally trying to make a match between the parties," Levine told Kotaku, referencing Sony and Take-Two Interactive.

"They have to agree and it has to be a business deal. I've been trying to do that for a very long time," he added. "I've still very much engaged in that. I can't personally greenlight the thing myself."

Levine explained that he spoke with all parties involved in the "past couple of weeks," but did not elaborate as to the outcome of the discussions. The designer said much the same thing in the middle of July, when he said he was "trying to make a match."

BioShock for the PS Vita was announced in June 2011 during E3, though development on the game has yet to begin.

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

Take-Two is probably waiting for the Vita to be worth their time. Would be cool to see what Ken could do on the system.

Brayden Hurl
Brayden Hurl

I think he means like not ports but games designed with Vita in mind.

Zac Nedianu
Zac Nedianu

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Drakanaroh
Drakanaroh

Hell, I'm getting a Vita just for Dangan Ronpa (with the AC: Lib bundle, if luck holds out) by next year (thank you Nippon Ichi), but if Bioshock on the Vita were to be a thing, I'd definitely be super happy with getting one.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

What about the WiiU version Levine? I'm waiting...

Intellips
Intellips

People people! Both the Wii U and the Vita are NOT dead systems. There's great content coming to both of them so stop arguing on which one has a pulse and which one is dead. Just ENJOY whatever you own! 

I personally love my VIta, and I'm looking forward to games such as tearaway, and Killzone. I'm also looking forward to buying a Wii U when Nintendo releases the slew of games it has in the works.

rayonmachristie
rayonmachristie

I think the PS4 can save the Vita, all 1st party PS4 games must utilise it to the max if I am to consider it. If it acheives that I might get a PS4 instead of waiting to find out if the XO will tempt me.

OhWell4992
OhWell4992

I don't want another vaporware after RE PSP. It's just too frustrating >.<

James Flaherty
James Flaherty

Bioshock is a full-blown masterpiece, so I would gladly accept a Vita port, though a spin-off would be interesting, and undeniably amazing.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The PSvita has been slowly growing the install base. 5.2 Million worldwide since launch. Which sounds great until you realize that Sony hoped to sell 10 million PSvita in the first year. The Vita is doing a little better in japan. but not so much in the U.S.A

Still Bioshock for the Psvita may happen? Ken Levine gets a "A" for Effort at least he is still considering a PSvita version of Bioshock.  The system launched way back in December 2011 and is just gaining traction in Japan. So maybe but the time PSvita gets to that 10 million mark. Ken Levine will get his chance to make a Bioshock game. 2015?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I get the impression that Ken Levine wants to do this for the challenge. "Can I get a Bioshock game worthy of the franchise running on the dinky little console with the beautiful screen?".

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Keep going Ken Levine!! I believe in you!!

Real Bukka
Real Bukka

you know what I mean. Killzone, COD, Assassinss Creed? Those game have failed in VITA so' the Handheld...

Dwayne Stanton
Dwayne Stanton

Um... you do realize that you've just defeated your own argument, B. You don't want console games on your handheld... but then you just turned around and named every reason to currently own a 3DS. Guess what? They're all console games made over to fit a handheld.

Dwayne Stanton
Dwayne Stanton

Bring it on. Maybe 2014 will finally see some Vita games that can sell this damn system.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Sony has given up on Vita and so should you Levine.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

This story is rather similar to one not too long ago. Until the Vita has a better install base I don't see it happening.


Why don't Sony bankroll it.

Real Bukka
Real Bukka

Monster Hunter 3, Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, Shin Megami Tensei and even New Leaf. Are this bits and pieces? Get the facts right, that's the reason why the VITA it's doing so bad. Because all the reharshed games that dont make sense on a hanheld.

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

A mere port? If they can get an entire console game onto a handheld with pinpoint accuracy, that's not a problem, it's a godsend. Think about it: An entire console game that you can pick up and play at your leisure? Sold! I hate when people complain about all the ports on the Vita. Console quality on the go? Hello?!!! That's what the damn system was designed for! I say we need even more ports! Original ideas are great and I'm all for them, but if you can give me an entire console game in my pocket, by all means, give it to me!

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

The entire point of a handheld is to give gamers console quality on the go. If you want you bite-sized snack games (i.e. Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc.), that's fine, but you have no ground to stand on complaining about a handheld that's trying to do what handhelds were meant to do.

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

The vita needs people like him make use of the systems capabilities. 

Axile11
Axile11

I want it to happen just to see how it would look

Real Bukka
Real Bukka

Thats the main problem with the VITA to start with. "I DONT WANT CONSOLE GAMES ON MY HANDHELD". Thats why I have consoles. 3DS will keep kicking ass, cause theyre smarter about this.

Luis Gil
Luis Gil

Ken .... Just ... Just take my wallet ....

Devonte Perkins
Devonte Perkins

for the love of God Sony let Kevin living in 2k games bring Bioshock to the PlayStation Vita

19James89
19James89

I don't want to purchase a Vita, but you're making it awfully difficult for me to resist Ken with your insistence on releasing Bioshock on the Vita.

Brunno Gaspari
Brunno Gaspari

bring it! vita needs more great games, and do same thing like ubisoft with ac3 liberation

Dan Hughes
Dan Hughes

This is brilliant news. If done well, it will sell a lot of vita's if it's a unique and different story. If its just a port of one of the Bioshock games, I will not be happy.

Andrew Resnick
Andrew Resnick

No, I'd rather see a standalone spin-off (a la U:GA and AC3L) than a mere port!

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

In the past week, Levine, Double Eleven, and Adam Boyes all had tweets being rather playful with the prospect of Bioshock coming to Vita. I don't think they'd be so overt, especially Boyes, if it wasn't going to happen. Just remember, the same thing happened with used games and online DRM prior to Sony making an official statement. Execs aren't stupid.

Andrew Upton
Andrew Upton

So everyone's been able to play bioshock games on PC, ps3 or Xbox, something all gamers have. And he wants to make one that only 5% of gamers can play ?

Eduspcloud
Eduspcloud

@Intellips Maybe even the Dreamcast and Playstation 2 aren't dead systems lol [calm down people]

AlexFili
AlexFili

@Intellips I hate when anyone says that a particular console is rubbish... Everyone's entitled to their own choice so let's not argue over which ones are best

darkPSPfan
darkPSPfan

@Intellips To be perfectly honest, since launch, there hasn't been many days that I Didn't play my Vita

Pete5506
Pete5506

@Sorciere_basic Maybe in the west, but its been doing great in Japan ever since the price cut.

I happen to love my vita, and I hope to see more love for it in Japan and the West in the coming years.