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Ken Levine Backs Away from BioShock Vita

Posted by Sammy Barker

In the hands of 'business people'

Despite being announced over 18 months ago, BioShock Vita is still not in development. Chatting with Eurogamer in an exclusive interview, series creator Ken Levine has admitted that the portable spin-off is out of his hands.

“Where the [PlayStation Vita game] stands right now, it's in the hands of the business people at Take-Two and the business people at Sony,” he said. "What happens in these business people discussions? Fortunately I don't have to take part in it anymore because I sold my company a long time ago.”

Asked whether Levine still wants to make the title, he admitted that he has plenty of great ideas for the project. “I still have a cool design for it,” he explained. “It's a question of whether those guys come to find the right mix that makes everybody happy to make that happen?”

One thing’s for certain, though: should the game ever get the nod, it won't be a port of BioShock Infinite. “I've never said it was Infinite,” he noted. “It will be something. I'm always hesitant to talk too much about things we don't have anything to show about because it's getting ahead of ourselves. I'm trying to be very careful."

We don’t want to put words into the designer’s mouth, but we reckon that the project’s doomed. With the Vita not exactly setting the sales charts alight, we’re not sure where the incentive for Take-Two to fund the title is going to come from. We suppose that Sony could cover the development costs for them, but at that point the platform holder's probably better off investing in a franchise that it actually owns.

BioShock Vita is little more than a pipe-dream at this point.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (15)

Gamer83

#1

Gamer83 said:

Unless Sony comes up with a way to make it worth Take Two's while this game won't happen. Which is unfortunate, Bioshock on Vita could be awesome.

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

The problem is: we'll probably never know what Ken Levine had in mind. I mean, I think people expect BioShock Vita was going to be a massive first-person adventure like the PS3 games — but it could have easily have been a different version of the hacking mini-game from the original game. The point is, we just don't know.

Sanquine

#5

Sanquine said:

OMG , i knew it! I followed ken levine and i asked a couple of times on twitter if he kept it's promise on bioshock vita:P Guess not. What an A$*

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine To be fair, it's not really his fault. He'd probably make the game if he was allowed (higher-ups will make that decision). And from what he's said in the past, it sound like Sony made him announce the game in the first place.

get2sammybAdmin

#8

get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine He's insinuated that in the past: http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2012/03/bioshock_vita_was_announced_before_development_started

"Look, generally when I announce something... like with BioShock Infinite we had a whole video to show and it was all fully-formed.

"[With the Vita announcement], it was part of something else obviously. Sony was launching this platform and it was important that they had a show of support from people no matter what stage of development they were at.

"Sony has been such a good partner to us, and I'm not just blowing smoke.

"Not just on a professional level, but on a personal level they've been really good to us. Every time we see them they take really good care of us. So they asked me to do that and I said okay, even though that's not what I normally do."

Squiggle55

#10

Squiggle55 said:

@Sanquine That's actually a great idea. The Vita is the perfect example of where Kickstarter would be a great idea. Then activision wouldn't have to be so lame and just assume it's not worth it to make a proper Call of Duty for the Vita, just as an example. Vita fans could start pledging their intent to buy a game so we aren't being held hostage by the big publisher's business decisions.

Sanquine

#13

Sanquine said:

@Squiggle55 Damn right you are, I would not mind to pay some money to make something happen. A proper call of duty i will fund 150$ for it ^^ for the vita everything. When i was a child a dreamed of a console ( Real console ) experience on the go. But Call of duty is not my main game which i like to tribute some money to. > Monster hunter 200$ or more and bioshock :D Same thing

Slapshot

#14

Slapshot said:

I actually just tweeted this Kickstarter idea to him. I'd actually double fund the cost of the game to see the game come to life - I'm a huge BioShock fan! :)

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