Uncovered as part of an excellent Kotaku report on Mafia III’s missteps, a new BioShock game is in development at a top-secret 2K Games studio next door to Hangar 13. According to the article – penned by the ever-reliable Jason Schreier – the Mafia maker was working on an espionage adventure, before it slipped into development hell. Meanwhile, a new team was established next door, and word eventually got out that it was working on a new BioShock game.
The article reads: “Some developers at Hangar 13 looked over and wondered, ‘Why are we not there?’ The Parkside [the codename for the new BioShock game] team was working with the familiar Unreal Engine rather than volatile proprietary technology, and BioShock has a ton of cachet among developers and fans. Between Mafia III’s mediocre reviews and [Hangar 13's new project's] constant shifts, some members on the Hangar 13 team were desperately hoping to move next door.”
Not everyone got that move, of course, largely because it sounds like the project is still early. “They’re trying to be really smart about figuring out what the core thing is,” one anonymous source told the site. “They’re careful about not falling into the same problem every studio has, where they have too many people and nothing for them to do.” This probably rules out an announcement at E3 or any other impending events, but the cat’s still out of the bag: a new BioShock is in production.