Ken Levine Is Still Trying To Bring A BioShock Game To The Vita

Ken Levine Is Still Trying to Bring a BioShock Game to the Vita

It took more than two years for BioShock Infinite to go from announcement to release. That's a pretty long time. But it might be even longer to get Irrational Games' successful first-person series onto the PlayStation Vita. Why? Studio head Ken Levine says, "I can't personally greenlight the thing myself."

Some people expected that Monday's announcement would be about the fate of the PlayStation Vita BioShock game, which was announced during Sony's E3 press conference in 2011. But, a tweet from Levine shot down any such speculation. I asked him about the status of BioShock on Vita when we spoke on Monday.

"I am literally trying to make a match between the parties," he told me. The parties in this case are Sony and Irrational's parent company Take Two, Levine elaborated. "They have to agree and it has to be a business deal. I've been trying to do that for a very long time. I've still very much engaged in that. I can't personally greenlight the thing myself."

"I have conversations," Levine said. "I've talked to all the parties in the past couple of weeks." So it still sounds like a handheld BioShock experience on the Sony portable is a thing Levine is trying to will into existence. But, it'll take some sort of agreement between the powers that be at two video game mega-corporations to actually make the thing happen.


    Wouldn't miss it, if it came to Vita. Love the device. If only there was a great game that's an exclusive.

    A Bioshock game would certainly spruce up the catalog.

    Well, if it comes out, I'll buy one. I guess the question is all about install base and attach rate.

    If it was done well, and I'm sure it would be if Levine was running it, then it would push me over the edge and I'd get a Vita and I'm probably not the only one. Surely these are the games that Sony needs on the system to get it even close to challenging the 3DS and they should be doing all they can to make it a reality?

    It'd be great to see what they come up with, but it sounds like it's way way down the road (if ever), thank god Killzone comes out soon, that's looking better and better every time I see it... can't wait.

    Something tells me they have been working on this for a long time already and this is all just marketing and PR talk to hype the game - we've had a few BS-Vita articles in the past few weeks

    I pulled the trigger and bought a Vita on the weekend at the JB sale. Even though I don't seem much on the horizon, it only cost $240 including a memory card, case and 11 games. I already had another 20 games from PS+ - so even if no other titles are released for the console I think it was a good purchase. I'm really enjoying Uncharted Golden Abyss and Rayman Origins.

    Would be awesome to get a Bioshock title on there.

      I got mine recently too and love it! PS+ is the bomb - I kinda made the mistake of linking my aussie account though, so I may in the future buy another memory card and link my US account so I get cheaper games.

    I'd prolly play that.

    I would love to know how much Levine is asking from Sony to have this made. Or if not Levine, what Take 2 is asking.

    Same with Pitchford and Borderlands, that franchise is rolling in the money, so why do they need Sony to help them get it on Vita?

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