BioShock's Mobile Port Only Temporarily Removed [UPDATE]

2K admits initial statement was inaccurate; game will return once a compatibility issue is fixed.

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[UPDATE] 2K has released a new statement on the matter, explaining that BioShock for iOS has only been temporarily delisted. It will return once a compatibility issue with iOS 8.4 is worked out.

"2K recently provided inaccurate information to customers surrounding removal of BioShock for iOS from the App Store," a representative said. "BioShock is currently incompatible with iOS versions 8.4 and higher, and as such, is temporarily removed for purchase from the App Store. 2K is fixing the compatibility issue, and when resolved, will place BioShock back on the App Store for purchase. Customers who already own BioShock may continue playing the game with iOS version 8.3 or earlier. 2K regrets the initial customer service error and looks forward to delivering an updated version of BioShock for iOS in the near future."

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The iPhone and iPad version of popular 2007 shooter BioShock has been removed from iTunes. The game didn't enjoy a long life, as it was released just 13 months ago in August 2014.

BioShock for iOS has been completely delisted, meaning people who already downloaded it cannot install it again. A TouchArcade forum user spoke with a 2K Support representative, who said the removal of the game was "a developer decision." Refunds are available through Apple.

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GameSpot has followed up with 2K in an attempt to learn more about why BioShock for iOS was removed.

The game aimed to bring the "full experience" of the console/PC title to mobile devices, and included touch controls and Bluetooth game controller support. Overall, 2K described BioShock for iOS as a "true AAA gaming experience." The visuals, however, took a hit when making the jump to smaller screens.

As for the future of the BioShock series, original creator Irrational Games has effectively closed down, with future installments in the series to be developed by 2K Marin. Though a follow-up to the multimillion-selling BioShock Infinite has not been announced, 2K parent company Take-Two believes the series still has a lot of life left in it both creatively and commercially.

On the more immediate horizon, it looks like the BioShock franchise may make its debut on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 through The BioShock Collection.

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