A new BioShock game is officially in the works. While we don't know if it's called BioShock 4 or something entirely different, the editor 2K Games has announced that it is definitely on its way and that its new studio Cloud Chamber Studios is in charge of development.
BioShock 4's announcement at the end of 2019 followed substantial rumors earlier this same year that the game was in the works and had been for some time. However, 2K games have stated in no uncertain terms that the game will be "in development for the next few years," so we expect to have to wait a bit longer before launch.
That said, now that we are in 2021, we hope that we are finally approaching the time when we start to see more solid information on whatwe can look forward to the game, if that is some clue of a potential release date.
Below we've rounded up all the news and rumors about BioShock 4 below, along with our hopes for the upcoming BioShock game. Read on to find out more.
BioShock 4 release date
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While we're certainly excited for the upcoming BioShock game, it looks like it It will be some time before we get our hands on it.
In a tweet officially announcing that ' a new BioShock is in the works in 2019, publisher 2K Games has said work has started on the next iteration of the BioShock franchise but the game "will be in development for the next few years ".
This might not be the most welcome news, but it gives us an idea of the platforms BioShock 4 will be released on. With PS5 and Xbox Series X now available, we'll almost see certainly a new BioShock sorshooting on these platforms (and probably also on PC). Whether the title will also be released on the latest generation consoles is less certain; it kind of depends on when the sequel is released.
BioShock 4 news and rumors
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Clues provided by more vacancies point to a new setting.
When you run out of money official announcements about a game, sometimes there are things to glean from its job postings. the case of BioShock 4, like some Cloud Chamber Games job postings spottedby Twitter user MauroNL (via IGN ) suggest that the game will not run in Rapture or Columbia, the settings for previous games in the series.
As MauroNL points out "Several job postings ask: 'we want you to help us breathe life into a new and fantastic world. ', which suggests that the game has a new setting and not a return to Rapture or Columbia. "Together we will set the stage for a mind-boggling narrative and systemic experience.
While this is clearly not a confirmation of where the game takes place - or is not -, it isIt certainly doesn't suggest that BioShock 4 will get us somewhere new, which wouldn't be an unwanted change and allow Cloud Chamber Games to really make its mark on the BioShock universe.
Take-Two Financial Report
Take-Two Interactive recently published a financial report which mentions BioShock 4. A very small mention but a mention nonetheless. According to this report, it will take some time to see BioShock 4 because it " will be in development for the next few years ". This is pretty much as planned - although it has been reported that the game has been around for years, it has also been noted that its development has been restarted at This era, so it's no surprise that it's a few more years before you can play it. Nonetheless, it is always good to manage expectations.
Offers of job
Cloud Chamber Studios is working on the next BioShock title and some job postings (via GamesRadar ) that the studio released can give us a little insight into BioShock 4, or at least what the development team is working to bring to the game.
A list for a Senior AI Engineer mentions" great ambitions "to bind AI and storytelling in this “strongly narrative and systemic game”. The game will have "multiple AI systems " that this person can work on, including a "urban crowd and the systemic tribal ecology of a sometimes hostile AI ".
Another listing for a Lead Combat / AI Designer indicates to potential candidates that they will be working on the development of "an FPS combat paradigm that is accessible, satisfying, and allows for a high degree of player expression and experimentation in a highly responsive world," and that 'They will have to think "beyond direct conflict, adapting to
This isn't huge, but it does suggest that an ambitious approach is taken with BioShock 4 and that the game will continue, and potentially even improve, the flexible approach taken by the versions. previous ones.
In preparation for years
According to a report from Kotaku , a new BioShock has been quietly in the works for years.
"What 2K didn 't say is that this project has already been underway since at least 2015, although it has since been restarted, " writes Jason Schreier of Kotaku .
Publisher 2K Games has been transferred to Twitter to announce a new opus in the franchise of successful video games.
Meanwhile doesn't indicate where the game might be placed, nor its connection to existing characters and environments established in previous titles, we do know 2K is setting up a whole new development studio - "Cloud Chamber, providers of quality video games " - to work onthe unnamed BioShock title, which will be "in development for the next few years ".
Initial rumors - confirmed
The first major rumors about a new BioShock game are appeared in April 2019. In an article on the current activities of the Mafia 3 development studio, Hangar 13, Kotaku reported that there is a studio right next door and the team inside are working on the early stages of the next BioShock game, codenamed Parkside. We now have a new BioShock that is definitely in the works.
BioShock 4: what we want to see
Return to Rapture
Whil It was good to venture out of the underwater city of Rapture in BioShock: Infinite, it wasn't quite the same. Of course, there were some nostalgic scenes and the Burial at Sea DLC got us back, but we want to come back properly this time.
Maybe BioShock 4 could see us revert to a new Rapture, the one the company tried to salvage and improve upon after the events of the previous games. Otherwise, we'd like another wonderfully atmospheric city. in the same spirit.
Big dads and little sisters
Sure they're a bit scary but we love them. More importantly, they go a long way in explaining why many of us love BioShock but weren't very big players in BioShock: Infinite. We hope to see them return in the next one.
Explore more of the lore
While it can be confusing at times, the lore and story of BioShock is intriguing and we love the webs that were woven into the games previous ones. We hope 2K will try to take more advantage of it, perhaps adding a few twists to it.
A big part of what makes BioShock so fun are the Vigors you can play with. While it would be great to see our favorites return, we want new Vigors to be tried and combined.