For six long years, BioShock fans have been left hanging on tenterhooks awaiting even the smallest morsel of information regarding a sequel.
In 2013, Irrational Games released BioShock Infinite to near-universal acclaim, continuing the series’ hattrick of success stories beginning with the original title more than a decade ago. Despite trading the undersea dystopian Rapture for the sky-scraping city of Columbia, Ken Levine and the rest of the development team had all but secured the series’ future. At least, that’s what we all thought. Though a prior report by Kotaku has since indicated that publisher Take-Two has already formed a “top-secret” studio and task force to spearhead the next installment, details on the supposed project are still frustratingly thin on the ground.
However, during its recent earnings call to investors, Take-Two Interactive shared its plans for the current fiscal year, which spans from now all the way up to March 2020. In it, specific mention of Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, NBA 2K 2020 and several other major releases are made. No surprises there, of course, but the report continues to confirm that an unspecified number of unannounced titles are scheduled to hit retail within that timeframe.
Is one of those mystery projects a new BioShock game? Without further details, it’s impossible to reach a conclusion, but there’s certainly hope for such a result. Whatever the outcome, one thing we do know is that Irrational won’t be the folks taking charge of the beloved series’ future. Following Infinite‘s release, the developer was downsized and rebranded to Ghost Story Games with a focus on creating smaller-sized, story-driven experiences.
Either way, if BioShock truly is destined to return between now and spring next year, it’s not outside the realms of possibility that a first-look could be on the docket for a surprise E3 reveal. It’s a longshot, no doubt, but hey, weirder things have happened in the past. Stay tuned!