What's next for BioShock Infinite dev?

"I don't have a thought for our next game," Irrational Games creative director and cofounder Ken Levine says.

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After years of development and multiple delays, BioShock Infinite is due out worldwide next week. But what's next for its Quincy, Mass. developer Irrational Games?

Creative director and studio cofounder Ken Levine doesn't know.

Responding to a question about whether or not he is excited about the arrival of next-generation platforms and the new features and capabilities they bring, Levine told GameSpot, "I don't have a thought for our next game, so it's kind of hard to even think about that."

The Irrational Games careers page lists 13 open positions across a range of disciplines and experience levels. In addition, the company recently hired former Epic Games producer Rod Fergusson as executive vice president of development.

Discussion

54 comments
Daemoroth
Daemoroth

No System Shock 3 please... There's no way it would hold up to our expectations (Simply because to sell the idea to a publisher you'd have to "modernize" it and "streamline" the gameplay), and I don't want my perfect memories ruined.

PS - "Bioshock in space" I'd be happy with - No Shodan, no hacker, no nothing from System Shock - let it have its own story.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

This was kind of a funny article.  "Ken what are your plans for your next project?"  

"dunno"

...

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

kind of a weird question, irrational is always working on something but he's not going to tell you anything, why would he? my guess is the title will have a number at the end.

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

How many more times do I have to say it?

System shock 3

I WANT MORE SHODAN

@peripatos 

System shock is Bioshock in space.  If you've never played it have a look on the web.  It was king.  It wasn't just a shooter it had RPG elements in it as well.  It was made by a company called Looking glass, and guess who developed it. Yes, Ken Levine.

sflowers539
sflowers539

Silicon Knights should sell the rights of Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem to Levine in their final act before going out of business.  Imagine what he could to with that game, one of the best ever to not get a sequel. 

whiteagle18
whiteagle18

I'd like a Bioshock prequel that takes place in the days just before, and during, the time when Rapture fell to shit. 

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I have an idea: Freedom Force 3.  The Cliffhanger in 2 left me hanging.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I hope I can pick up my pre-order on Tuesday.

zachintyre
zachintyre

He's not going to do another Bioshock, he has a vision for it and he was gonna stop after the first. This idea came to mind then. He is a visionary he won't do another. Doesn't mean there won't be another though. 2K will most likely rip off his title like they did with that piece of crap Bioshock 2. The only true Bioshock games are those made with the support of Levine. 

Nibraybirk
Nibraybirk

Do yourself a favor and don't do another FPS.

peripatos
peripatos

How about Bioshock in space?  Maybe a Doctor Strange Love-esque moon colony set in the 1950s?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Wow, what a thought provoking article. Eddie if there is nothing to post, DONT POST.


on topic, if BS:I is as good as it looks, i hope that ken will take that success to other new games and ideas. Im fine with series but i miss when there is a great one off game that id unique.  Best of luck to irrational. 

JustinRiden
JustinRiden

I love how the two comments bellow me talk about system shock 3 In completely different ways... I feel Neutral about system shock 3. It could be good or it could destroy its legacy. 

Paoksis
Paoksis

a System Shock 3 would be amazing,these guys have had much experience with the Bioshock trilogy,i think they are ready to step in the boots of System Shock and make a kickass 3rd entry

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

I really really do not want a System Shock 3.  I want a system shock 2 HD remake.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Wow, an article about nothing. Good job, Makuch! I hope you met your quota for this week.

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

*cough* SYSTEM SHOCK *cough*

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Who cares... let them release Infinite first... Thought I was impatient.

Apastron
Apastron

13 jobs and not one of them for an electrical engineer...nuts.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

take all the time you need.  With the quality of games you've released, i'm more than happy to wait as long as it takes for another gem to be releases

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

How about... something thats not another FPS?

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Another Cyberpunk RPG would be nice, System Shock is owned by EA and other investors, but I doubt he lacks the imagination to think of another cyberpunk setting in space.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

What about Bioshock Vita? No mention of this? No questions about this?

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Mr Ken...Mr Ken...Please SWAT 5!

billlabowski
billlabowski

Support Bioshock Infinite for as long as needed, and then get started on System Shock 3 :)

frozenux
frozenux

Is the article writer actually breaking down the interview?...why not keep all that in a single article....Is he going to make an article per  things he said in the interview? come on...

ziproy
ziproy

FREEDOM FORCE 3!!!

GamerNerdTalk
GamerNerdTalk

@Nibraybirk. I would consider BioShock Infinite a first person adventure with shooting elements not an fps

ziproy
ziproy

@peripatos It's called System Shock. Bioshock is a spiritual successor to it. It had everything that make all the Shocks great; horror, audio journals that piece together the chaos, and you even made a background for your character. He was either a Marine, Naval Officer, or a Psy-ops agent physic powers (plasmids in Biochock terms).

Check it out, it still hold up to this day.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@JustinRiden I like how the comment above you talks about wanting a unique one of a kind game instead of a series, where as almost everyone else is talking about a sequel for this or that game.

JustinRiden
JustinRiden

@Bregzeinkul 

how about ZPS zero person shooter. or 4th person shooter that'd be interesting. They'd call it Dimension Shock!

JustinRiden
JustinRiden

@MAD_AI 

I thought it was owned by a Bank? And then they allowed a company to resell the old games on PC. But I could be wrong.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Generic_Dude I read recently that development of that has been stalled as Take Two and Sony continue to iron out the deal.

tdepert
tdepert

@Generic_Dude I hope you're kidding. I doubt Bioshock Vita will be done by Irrational and Levine. Sort of like how the Uncharted Vita wasn't done by Naughty Dog. 

AgentMothman95
AgentMothman95

@GamerOuTLaWz Well, I hope they remake System Shock 1 and 2. That would be great! Plus, they would have tons of support. The people who have played it would like to re-live the experience  and those who never have will support it if they like Bioshock.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

@SythisTaru @Nibraybirk Since when? Any medium can be immersive as another? It depends how you utilise that genres strengths and weaknesses to tell the story.

Vixenar
Vixenar

@pdfanboy @billlabowski What's the problem about it? If people were excited to make a new SS, the rights can always be found and acquired especially since whoever holds them now (EA?) has no interest in them.

Vixenar
Vixenar

@AgentMothman95 @GamerOuTLaWz I would support remakes of SS 1 and 2 in a heartbeat. Bioshock was alright but didn't come close to the atmosphere of either System Shock.

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

@dribblesbarbax @AgentMothman95 @frozenux It's either a slow news day or journalism standards are slipping.

Seriously, a news article about a guy saying he has nothing to say? REALLY???? This is considered "news" now?????