Will BioShock Vita ever be released? 2K says it has 'no update' following Irrational Games layoffs

The future of BioShock Vita is still unknown.

BioShock publisher 2K Games has said to CVG it has "no update" on the status of BioShock Vita following the massive layoffs at developer Irrational Games earlier this week.

As owners of the BioShock IP, 2K Games now has to decide on the future of the franchise--and whether that ultimately includes the development and release of BioShock on Vita. Series creator Ken Levine unveiled BioShock Vita at E3 in 2011, saying the game would be built from scratch.

Despite having seen nothing on the title in years, the project has never been officially axed. "I am literally trying to make a match between the parties," said Levine in August last year, talking about establishing a deal between Sony and 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive.

"They have to agree and it has to be a business deal," he said at the time. "I've still very much engaged in [BioShock Vita]. I can't personally greenlight the thing myself."

Nothing of BioShock Vita has ever been shown outside of a logo. Will the project ever see the light of day?

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theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm not sure whether this was supposed to be a new game or not, but re-releasing an old game on hardware that's not selling well probably isn't a good business decision.  My guess is that 2K Games would rather focus their energies on products for the PS4 and XONE.

Viktor737
Viktor737

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Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

So basically we know just as much now as we did before we knew about Irrational Games? Now that is great consumer advice.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Unfortunately Bioshock vita has died. The studio died and the game with it. So whoever buys the rights to Bioshock. May make a PSvita version. Reality is if it has not happened yet it is not going to. Bioshock PSvita is dead. Sigh 

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

I was looking forward for a BioShock game coming to the PS Vita

endorbr
endorbr

So not a no, not a yes.  So I guess we're supposed to take that as a kinda sorta maybe?

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

of course it won't be released. get real. the game likely didn't even get out of the brainstorming phase. this is a studio that takes 5 years to develop a game! but seriously, who cares? an fps was never a good fit for a small screen and a handheld device. people should just be thankful borderlands 2 is getting a release on the vita. i'll be happy to be proven wrong of course. 

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

I bet it was quietly axed, or never entered production, and 2K are just hoping it'll all eventually go away.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Considering how bad PS Vita has been doing in the marketplace and the recent layoffs, it's probably best to assume the project will never see the light of day. A Bioshock game would have been cool on the Vita. Irrational could have found a lot of interesting ways to take advantage of the system's various control features.

ADO300
ADO300

i doubt this will ever happen, unless if it's a port of bioshock 1 & 2, that i think they could pull it off... and the vita seriously needs a sequel to okami, viewtful joe, god hand and a remake of MediEvil 2! Also i hope that PlatinumGames.Inc would consider making a game for the vita too.

tinyname
tinyname

Gravity rush, golden abyss, Killzone: mercs...three reasons to own a vita.  Just need a few more, sony.

omgmike23
omgmike23

Why is everyone so quick to hate on the vita? It's literally the best handheld console you could ever ask for up to this point. The games unfortunately haven't been up to par but that doesn't make it a crap system. I personally loved playing uncharted on it. I thought it was a great experience.

dipdish
dipdish

That would be cool. 

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Oh you guys want bioshock vita.... YOU GET NOTHING.

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

Let's just go ahead and save ourselves some heart ache and admit this game is never coming out. It's a damn shaming watching the Vita's potential wasted away.

mastertien123
mastertien123

Already knew from long that it'd be abandoned , but as a Vita owner and a fan of Bioshock franchise i'm still sad learning this news ;(

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

They should just scrape it. No point making it for PS Vita

19James89
19James89

I think it will be scrapped, there's no point releasing games for a peripheral.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Xristophoros

You're proved wrong with Killzone: Mercenary which was a very fun to play with fps on the Vita. As for BioShock I'm almost in the 'who cares' category. Played the first game and quit half way through. Could'nt say why. I just got bored or wanted to play something else.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@YearoftheSnake5

I think the moment BioShock Infinite ended up free on Playstation Plus and the moment 2K got their check from Sony that was the end for the series. I bet people got bored from BioShock a long time ago and it showed in the sales.

endorbr
endorbr

@omgmike23 All I see on the Internet is pissing and moaning about the Vita.  I have two, one for my wife and one for myself and we both play on ours pretty much daily.  People who think the Vita has no games or nothing to offer are the same whiny idiots that want to say you can't count the PSP and PS One library available.  Yes I want more great exclusives but I have no shortage of games to play on my Vita either.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@omgmike23  

It blows my mind how Sony seems to have learned nothing about the handheld market after the PSP was such a success. Their last shot at handhelds was the best competitor Nintendo has ever faced. Seems like they took all their notes, burned them, then tossed the ashes under a bus. Vita doesn't need to be doing as poorly as it is. It's a very nice handheld, but Sony is treating it as a console-wannabe afterthought.

Illidan311
Illidan311

@omgmike23  while I don't "hate on it" it is getting frustrating... I've had mine since a few months after it came out and there's not much to play on it unless you like anime or japanese rpg type games.

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

@EasyComeEasyGo  No, it was doomed the moment the Vita sales failed to live up to the hype. If the Vita sold as well as the PS4 is right now i guarantee you Bioshock Vita would have been out by now.

endorbr
endorbr

@19James89 While it has the capability to be used as a peripheral and it has gotten a lot of attention for that functionality with the release of the PS4 it certainly isn't deserving of being put down at the same level as the Wii U tablet controller.

tinyname
tinyname

@ADO300 @tinyname  Ohhhh, forgot about tearaway and soul sacrifice.  Couldn't care less about persona though. :-D


Still need a few more titles.

nisgos
nisgos

@YearoftheSnake5 @omgmike23Actually the PSP was sucessfull for a different reason , the psp could be hacked to hell and back and the PSP was the smart device before smartphones , a hacked PSP had a good game library + emulators + e-readers and stuff for everything imaginable , therefore it sold . Hell it was even possible to run a x86 emulator and very early versions of windows on it.

Also the PSP had a few god of wars and final fantasy 7 crisis core both of which were exclusive and really good games of big franchises.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@YearoftheSnake5 @omgmike23

What was there to learn? If developers don't do games for the console what can you do? If they hesitate doing AAA games for $60 for major consoles they won't do AAA games for the Vita for $40 or less, and certainly not until it sold many millions and gamers proved they are willing to put their hand in their wallet and spend full price on a game.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@Slim_Lyrics @EasyComeEasyGo  Agree.  The takeaway from Levine's quote in the story is that Sony would have to pay for them to develop a Bioshock Vita game.  And Sony hasn't agreed to do that.  


Sony helped to fund games like Madden, COD and Assassin's Creed in the console's first year to help build sales momentum.  After 2+ years, ideally the system would have grown its ownership base to the point where devs continued to churn out content on their own.  But sales are still dismal..I don't think they've hit 7 million units yet after 2 yrs.  


Sony isn't investing much anymore and devs aren't rushing to produce games for a system with so few units on the market.  For a handheld which is supposed to be so powerful, it's sad that most of the newer big-developer games are Nintendo DS ports.  Even LEGO titles which shouldn't be very taxing to the system...instead of porting over one of the console versions, the Vita gets the watered-down DS port.  


Best hope for Bioshock on the Vita is playing 1 or 2 via that Playstation Now streaming service.  

19James89
19James89

@keithlemon Well it is a peripheral isn't it? Sony aren't really supporting it and have essentially bundled it with the PS4 as a remote play accessory. 

Slim_Lyrics
Slim_Lyrics

@19James89 @keithlemon  Actually Sony is supporting it. There are tons of great Vita games and just because they may not interest you doesn't mean they don't exist. This is the same false attack that the PSP had to endure (albeit it had much greater support that the Vita is currently getting). 


Also there has never been a PS4/Vita bundle and there are currently no plans for there to ever be one so i don't know where you got your "essentially bundled" idea from.