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Oh, BioShock Vita Still Hasn't Even Entered Development

Posted by Sammy Barker

Not a particularly big shock

Do you remember BioShock Vita? The title was announced by series creator Ken Levine during Sony’s E3 2011 press conference, promising a unique take on Irrational Games’ seedy franchise. Sadly, the game still hasn’t even entered development, as publisher Take-Two and Sony are yet to sign a deal regarding the project.

"I've got my fingers crossed that that's going to happen because it's something I want to do, but until somebody starts signing the cheques, there's nothing I can do," Levine told IGN when asked about the title. "At the end of the day, I work for Take-Two and they need to be able to fund that development, and they need to make sure they have a deal in place that makes sense for them and makes sense for Sony."

The statement echoes comments that Levine made late last year, when he explained that the title’s fate was in the hands of “business people”. At this stage, we doubt that there's much chance of the game ever getting made. Vita sales aren’t strong enough to make the investment worthwhile for Take-Two, and BioShock isn’t a big enough franchise to warrant Sony’s full funding. Would you kindly forget that this ever existed?


User Comments (9)



Valky said:

That really sucks, as I like the Bioshock franchise way more than the average FPS. That's no good.




No surprise. Until Killzone Mercenaries demonstrates how complete a first person shooter can be, I doubt the suits will start the ball rolling on development.
With a combined mediocre-to-poor outing for the Resistance and Call of Duty franchises on the Vita it's understandable that there's massive trepidation on the part of those who'll pay for the game to be made.
Hopefully though they can show confidence in their developers to really get stuck in to project, rather than rushed franchise cash ins like Burning Skies and Declassified.
I'm temped to just send them a tenner so that they can play Stranger's Wrath HD to be honest.



Azikira said:

Heck, at this point a straight port of the original would be welcome news...



Gamer83 said:

Yeah, not exactly stunning news unfortunately. I really hope Guerilla delivers on Killzone Mercenary because I want a truly great portable FPS.



Ps4all said:

I think the fist bio shock was good, but overrated. I think it rather reprehensible that they announced a game that was never even in production. I bought a vita to play fps on the go, and i am disappointed there haven't been more on offer, but overall i am very satisfied with the system. Hopefully this will eventually come out, as a lot of other folks really love the franchise and that would b good for the vita.




My only announced but never released disappointment with Vita was Zone of the Enders HD. That could've been amazing.
I had the PS3 version though, and given the really lacklustre look of 2nd Runner, it wouldn't have done the Vita any favours.

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