Fans of the popular video game series BioShock got good news and bad news with the announcement that a fourth installment of the sage is in the works. BioShock 4 has actually been in the works for several years, publisher 2K revealed, but it might be years before the game is released, as 2K is taking things in a new direction. New development studio Cloud Chamber will work on the game.
“As we continue growing our product portfolio, we remain inspired by opportunities to invest further in our valuable IP, great people and their collective, long-term potential,” 2K president David Ismailer said in a statement. “BioShock is one of the most beloved, critically praised, and highest-rated franchises of the last console generation. We can’t wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge.”
Noticeably absent from the development team is Ken Levine, creator of the original BioShock. But other franchise veterans, such as Scott, Sinclair, Hoagy de le Plante, and Jonathan Pelling will work on the game.
“We founded Cloud Chamber to create yet-to-be-discovered worlds – and their stories within – that push the boundaries of what is possible in the video game medium,” Kelley Gilmore, global head of Cloud Chamber, which has offices in the Bay Area and Montreal, said. “Our team believes in the beauty and strength of diversity, in both the makeup of the studio and the nature of its thinking. We are a deeply experienced group of game makers, including many responsible for BioShock’s principal creation, advancement and longstanding notoriety, and honored to be part of the 2K family as stewards of this iconic franchise.”
It won’t be ready for this holiday season, but perhaps BioShock fans can rest assured that a new game is coming … sometime.