Your return to Rapture will be a bit delayed, as publisher Take-Two Interactive announced today that BioShock 2 won't be releasing in the company's fourth quarter as previously planned. Now for the potential bad news.
While the game was previously slated to hit store shelves by October 31, 2009, the company has now moved the title to a more vague "fiscal year 2010". That could mean the title will be released in North America as early as November 1 or it could mean that BioShock 2 will be pushed well into calendar 2010, missing the holidays completely.
Officially, Take-Two blames the delay on the need to "provide additional development time for the title."
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two called the delay "the right decision for the product," but calls the impact on its revised financial outlook a "disappointment."
"The decision to shift a release date is never an easy one, especially with a product as highly anticipated as BioShock 2," Take-Two CEO Ben Feder said in a financial release. "We felt that it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve."
Kotaku AU Note: Can't imagine this would slip to next calendar year. Not with Arkane Studios recently brought on board to assist with development. That's a sign they need to get the game done sooner rather than later. Expect a Nov/Dec release.