The BioShock franchise is "beloved," Take-Two says

"More to come in the future," CEO Strauss Zelnick says.

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When Irrational Games announced earlier this year that it was effectively shutting down, some may have wondered what that meant for the future of the BioShock series. According to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of franchise owner Take-Two Interactive, it sounds like BioShock Infinite won't be the last entry in the series.

"We haven't talked about what's going to happen to the franchise, but it's beloved," Zelnick told GamesIndustry International. "BioShock has sold over 5 million units. Today, the franchise is in hands of 2K. More to come in the future."

The original BioShock was released in 2007, with BioShock 2 arriving in 2010, and BioShock Infinite in 2013. A BioShock game for PlayStation Vita was announced all the way back at E3 2011, though this project has not materialized in any meaningful way. With BioShock Infinite's two-part Burial at Sea expansion now finished, there's no new projects announced for the series.

Also in the interview, Zelnick said Take-Two--which has around $1 billion of cash on hand--has not ruled out the possibility of purchasing a studio. "If there's an opportunity to grow inorganically with a company that's consistent with our disciplined approach, then we would absolutely do so," he said. "There's no question this company is in growth mode."

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Discussion

36 comments
TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Although I am happy to hear about this, why not use part of that money and give us all what we REALLY want.


System Shock 3.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

I'm good with this or make a soul successor this way they can have more creative freedom.  I'm fine not having Levine there, sure he did a really good job with it all and Infinite is my second favorite game (or tied at the one spot with Super Mario 64) but there are other solid sci-fi writers out there and plenty of talented game developers (maybe they can hire back some of the people fired by Levine).  I'd be good if they ended the series as well, because the DLC of Infinite really provided a lot of closure.


Just whatever happens, please don't waste money trying to get Steven Moffat to write a Bioshock game, because Levine made a better sci-fi story with Infinite and its DLC than Moffat has with three seasons of Doctor Who (kind of unrelated I know, but Levine had a story that could easily work for DW and he actually finished it without loose ends whereas Moffat has a shopping list and then some of loose ends after messing up 3 seasons of broken continuity).  

wildcharms
wildcharms

"We'll be sure to ruin it in the following years", Zelnick later added. 

djsimpson95
djsimpson95

One piece of advice : Do not let Infinity Ward or Treyarch make the next Bioshock.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Go for it. Make more Bioshocks. My only personal request would be to make them interesting as interactive media and not just conceptual narrative.

NTM23
NTM23

I would love to see more Bioshock even though Levine's not behind it, but I understand peoples reservations, and how they're calling it the end of Bioshock. For me, though I didn't think Bioshock 2 didn't anything extremely new as compared to the first, I still felt it was a superb experience, and it wasn't even Levine behind it, so I'd be fine with more. Bioshock is one of my favorite games, and Infinite one of my favorite of last year, so still superb, but also disappointing to me.

divinejester
divinejester

How would they continue? Everything after infinite would feel meh? I mean sure you could say the same about Bioshock 1, how do you follow that up, but Infinite basically wraps up the possibility of the story on a universal scale.

Rambolike
Rambolike

Sure, the series is beloved; Kevin Levine is not

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

After Infinite and what it effectively does to the original BioShock, I have no real desire for another BioShock.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I vividly remember playing through the first Bioshock's demo, and deciding then and there it was a must own. That game was a personal favorite.

Then Irrational/Levine stepped away from the franchise and Bioshock 2 was.. soulless. I never finished it.

Bioshock Infinite was the return of Levine & Co, and I loved every second of it. I found the story to be nuanced, the action to be fantastic... it just "felt" right.


But now...? No Levine/Irrational, no purchase. It's not me, it's you, Take-Two. Take it personal, it's okay.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Beloved" my ass!  I never liked Bioshock.  One of the most overhyped series out there.


The only reason it was even remembered was the setting.  The story was uninteresting, and the game was just boring.


If you die, you respawn right where you were.  BOO!

georgekaplin197
georgekaplin197

I cant remember a game as hyped in the media as Infinite. Played it once. Played original Bioshock 3 times.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I don't know whether I'd like to see a new BioShock game... Certainly not anytime soon... 

wexorian
wexorian

have not they announced that they will go on break for few years on bioshock? either way gimme i'l enjoy with it :P

Johny_47
Johny_47

That's their opinion, in mine, the only BioShock I'll remember in a long time is the 1st.

Llama345
Llama345

I personally thought Bioshock infinite was poopy. The combat was not very good, and I thought the story ending was kind of dumb. But I would probably buy another one if it came out. At least we won't have Ken Levine telling us it will be the best game ever invented. 

blackothh
blackothh

With Ken Levine crashing Irrational games and going to work on Chaos Reborn, I have a hard time believing that new bioshock games will be up to par. But im willing to be surprised, as long as EA or Activision are not working on it, there is chance of success.

cryofax
cryofax

Bioshock is like System Shock's retarded half brother.

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

Who is the good Bioshock?  Who?  That's right, you're the good Bioshock and we love you.  That's a good Bioshock.  Come get a hug.

playstationzone
playstationzone

so  look like be buying bioshock Infinite end of year if they dont reasle game of year edtion for ps4 and xboxone.

Daelusca
Daelusca

It must be beloved. as the games themselves are 2nd rate imo.

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

@djsimpson95  Bioshock 4: Rapture Warfare.

Bioshock 5: The Warfare of Rapture's Downfall

Bioshock 6: The Revenge of Atlas Warfare

Bioshock 7: Booker Infinity Warfare

Bioshock 8: Recycled Potato Warfare Advanced Version

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@DrKill09

Tom, is that you?  Don't you have another review from your oh-so-Hipster perspective that will piss off the game community as a whole to write?


Personally I loved the series.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@shinjuki - You should really try to finish it.  I thought it was a very good game.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@xx_soul4eva_xx - On one hand, I agree with you that when the main creative visionary is no longer involved, it can lead to some franchises losing their heart, and not being as good.

However, from what I've read, Ken was very difficult to work with, and kept changing his mind, axing large chunks of Bioshock Infinite (leading to a massive waste of development time and resources), because he suddenly wanted to go in a different direction.  The fact that he practically shut down Irrational out of the blue also speaks to his somewhat random nature.

So I'm not sure whether it is a good or bad thing not to have his involvement at this point.  The only way to tell will be seeing what they come up with next for the Bioshock franchise.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Daelusca - I really enjoyed the first one.  Haven't played Bioshock 2 yet.  I'm about half way through Bioshock Infinite, and I don't think it is as good as the first one.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@Daelusca  

I didn't play the first game and I could never really get into Bioshock 2, thus never completed it.

I downloaded Infinite on PS+ and really started to enjoy it. I liked it so much, that I decided to buy it for PC during a Steam sale.

It isn't a perfect game, but I found it enjoyable. My only regret was not picking up the Burial DLC during the last Steam sale. 

playstationzone
playstationzone

@Daelusca take two are rich than Actvivevision because games with rockstar games so really take two isnt 2nd rate maybe bioshck series is.

blackothh
blackothh

@Gallowhand @xx_soul4eva_xxSome people work in mysterious ways, and Ken definatly had his strange ways, but in the end it all worked out and profited too. I hope they can continue the series without him. If Take Two was smart, they would have hired all the irrational employees that they could to try to retain the team.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Gallowhand @Daelusca  Skip the second one. Levine/Irrational had no hand in it, and it shows. It felt more like DLC for the first game, to be honest. I never finished it, and I pride myself on finishing all my games.

...but not that one.

15gamingguy
15gamingguy

@Gallowhand @Daelusca  I'd say that you should give Bioshock 2 a try because it still has a lot of the atmosphere of the first and in my opinion has the best gameplay, but it doesn't really add anything to the mythos like the first and Infinite did. Unlike those two, it isn't very profound.