So just finished BaSp2 and feel like BioShock will go down as one of my all time favourite franchises in gaming. I'm not sure why but everything about the games, despite some hiccups in Infinite, just resonated well with me, even down to small specifics like the old time music of the period etc. Even to go so far as to say I'm actually ever so slightly depressed that it has technically ended, for Ken Levine anyway.
Now before Infinite was ever truly realised, the teasing for many years of gameplay & cinematics, I had come to a conclusion that BioShock 1 & Infinite weren't actually going to be related at all. So what that told me is that a BioShock game bases itself around a 'What if?' type city, the whole reality with a dash of fantasy & impossibility(Rapture and Columbia) sorta look. This kinda got confirmed with the whole 'there will always be a city, a man, & a light house" line that was eventually uttered. Therefore there could be infinite variables of the how same city turned out.
So despite the full circled plot that totally destroys the mystery of what the franchise was(kinda a good thing...and a bad thing for me personally), it does give a formula to what a BioShock game should include if any developer like 2K decides to carry on the franchise(which they said they will, plus it sells well). We've already seen side plots like BioShock 2 and Minerva's Den that show there can be other stories told, but would you still want them to be in Rapture, specifically?
Ignoring the lighthouse part all a new BioShock game would need is an interesting yet chilling tale of an individual and an interesting locale consisting of a city where a city shouldn't be. Of course the subject of a dysptopia forming from a Utopia needs to be addressed also.
So couple of questions...
Should 2K use this formula for who ever takes up the mantle for the next game(assuming there will be one)?
Will there ever be a city location idea that truly bests Rapture in atmosphere and what locations would be a perfect fit for a BioShock game?
What subgenre should be accented(For example BioShock 1 can be seen to have a lot of survival horror elements, where as Infinite was more actiony)?