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Sky’s the limit: Levine debuts new BioShock Infinite demo

In Internet Time, it’s been infinity years since we last saw Levine’s second BioShock. Has it been worth the wait? We ventured to LA to find out. New screens inside.

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2K Boston headlines

  • Ken Levine says reverting back to Irrational was for the community

    Ken Levine has explained why going back to the Irrational name was so important for its community, and reveals that Take-Two was supportive of the developer’s decision.

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  • 2K Boston reverts to Irrational Games

    Mr Levine must be pleased. As you can see from IrrationalGames.com, 2K Boston’s breathed its last.

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  • 2K Boston's next game is definitely a shooter

    Oh job listings, you just keep making our job easier. According to a job listing over at 2K Boston, the original big daddies of BioShock are currently working on an “unannounced shooter.” Big Bioshock, we know, but it’s still nice to at least have a tiny morsel of concrete info on the game. Click the […]

    1
  • Levine's new project is "more ambitious than anything we've ever done"

    Ken Levine has said that he and his team at 2K Boston are hard at work on a new project that’s “more ambitious than anything we’ve ever done.” “I think that when we think about a project now… When we thought about this project, we accounted for the fact that hiring the staff that we […]

    7
  • Ken Levine: "We've never had a layoff in the history of our company"

    According to 2K Boston head Ken Levine, hiring the right people for your studio creates not only stability, but does away the need to hire loads of employees to finish a job, only to let them go afterward. “We’ve never had a layoff in the history of our company, and I’m very proud of that,” […]

    4
  • 2K Marin: There's no "dead weight" on BioShock 2 team

    2K Marin creative director Jordan Thomas has claimed there are no weak links in his BioShock 2 team. You’d kind of hope so. “We started to very slowly, and through a very stringent interview process, bring in the top talent in the Bay Area, and cherry pick, essentially,” he told Gamespot, talking of the process […]

    3
  • Rumor: 2K Boston to be renamed Irrational Boston

    2K Boston may be changing its moniker to Irrational Boston. This speculatory information is thanks to both a trademark filed by Take-Two,and t-shirts sported by GDC attendees plastered with “jobs@irrationalboston.com” on the back. Joystiq contacted 2K Boston for verification earlier today and the official response was “no comment” with more to be revealed “very soon.”

    0
  • Levine: We won't show new game for "some time"

    BioShock legend Ken Levine’s said there won’t be a sniff of his new, super-secret project for a while yet. “Our new project is something we’re champing at the bit to talk about,” he told Gamespot. “But we’re not showing it to anybody and won’t be for some time. In fact, the only way to get […]

    0
  • Job listing calls BioShock developer’s next game a “AAA multiplayer title”

    According to a job listing posted on Gamasutra, 2K Boston’s next game will be a huge departure from its single player-focused descent into madness, BioShock. Pulling a complete 180, the game will instead be an “action-packed AAA multiplayer title.” “The BioShock team is betting big on multiplayer and plans to stay at the top of […]

    3
  • IGN gives BioShock PS3 a cool 9.4/10 (update)

    Update: EG’s given it a 10. Update 2: PSM3, via CVG, has given it 9.3/10. IGN’s BioShock PS3 review is up, and it’s glowing. The 9.4/10 score says “buy it”: the closing comments say, “Buy it if you haven’t played it before.” See: If you never experienced the halls of Rapture and have been waiting […]

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  • BioShock PS3 gets launch trailer

    After the break. Despite a bunch of ignorable whinging to the contrary in the past few days, there’s nothing shabby about the PS3 port of Ken Levine’s flawed masterpiece as far as we can see. Now you can see too. The new version’s out on Friday, and if you haven’t played it already you really […]

    1
  • BioShock PS3 gold, demo this week

    According to this press release, the PS3 version of BioShock is now gold, and the game’s demo will release on Thursday. That’s it. It’s out in the US on October 21 and “elsewhere” on October 17.

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  • BioShock PS3 launch website may be the coolest ever

    Here. This really is a piece of work. It’s a kind of rip off of the game itself that works in your browser. We were impressed, anyway. BioShock’s PS3 version is out on October 21 in the US.

    3
  • Levine: "I got some nasty fucking threats" over PC BioShock DRM

    Ken Levine’s revealed that the security measures for the PC version of BioShock got him into very hot water with some of the more avid gamers in the audience. “When we had the copy protection issues come out, I was out there talking about the product, I didn’t run away from that. And frankly I […]

    3
  • Hands-on with BioShock PS3, new movies posted

    Gamespot’s posted up a hands-on with the PS3 version of BioShock, out on October 24. Snip: Outside of the proper single-player experience, we had a chance to try the Survivor mode, which offers a greater level of challenge that forces you to be smarter about how you play the game. Enemy behavior has been tweaked, […]

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  • Levine on System Shock 3: "Would I turn my nose up at another round with Shodan? No"

    2K Boston’s Ken Levine has told VG247 that he “loves” the world of System Shock and would be interested in a third game in the EA-owned series if the opportunity arose. “Would I turn my nose up at another round with Shodan? No,” he said. When asked specifically if he would ever make System Shock […]

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  • PS3 BioShock trailer released

    After the break. Watching it genuinely did want to make us play it again. We may even finish it this time. Game’s out later this year.

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  • BioShock movie won't be "Kate Hudson hunting for pirate treasure," says Levine

    Big-shot Hollywood film guy Gore Verbinski “gets” the BioShock franchise. Ken Levine told us so last week. So don’t expect pretty blondes with unsmudged make-up impaling themselves on muscle-bound dunderheads in the screen adaptation of the 2K Boston game. “You’re always going to be worried that in that first meeting they’re going to be, like, […]

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  • Bioshock PS3 boxart released

    See it here. Big Daddy plus Little Sister is good enough for us. The PS3 version should be a good excuse to go back and look at this again. Game’s out at the end of October.

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2K Boston Latest

  • Sky’s the limit: Levine debuts new BioShock Infinite demo

    In Internet Time, it’s been infinity years since we last saw Levine’s second BioShock. Has it been worth the wait? We ventured to LA to find out. New screens inside.

  • Ken Levine says reverting back to Irrational was for the community

    Ken Levine has explained why going back to the Irrational name was so important for its community, and reveals that Take-Two was supportive of the developer’s decision.

  • 2K Boston reverts to Irrational Games

    Mr Levine must be pleased. As you can see from IrrationalGames.com, 2K Boston’s breathed its last.

  • 2K Boston’s next game is definitely a shooter

    Oh job listings, you just keep making our job easier. According to a job listing over at 2K Boston, the original big daddies of BioShock are currently working on an “unannounced shooter.” Big Bioshock, we know, but it’s still nice to at least have a tiny morsel of concrete info on the game. Click the […]

  • Levine’s new project is “more ambitious than anything we’ve ever done”

    Ken Levine has said that he and his team at 2K Boston are hard at work on a new project that’s “more ambitious than anything we’ve ever done.” “I think that when we think about a project now… When we thought about this project, we accounted for the fact that hiring the staff that we […]

  • Ken Levine: “We’ve never had a layoff in the history of our company”

    According to 2K Boston head Ken Levine, hiring the right people for your studio creates not only stability, but does away the need to hire loads of employees to finish a job, only to let them go afterward. “We’ve never had a layoff in the history of our company, and I’m very proud of that,” […]

  • 2K Marin: There’s no “dead weight” on BioShock 2 team

    2K Marin creative director Jordan Thomas has claimed there are no weak links in his BioShock 2 team. You’d kind of hope so. “We started to very slowly, and through a very stringent interview process, bring in the top talent in the Bay Area, and cherry pick, essentially,” he told Gamespot, talking of the process […]

  • Rumor: 2K Boston to be renamed Irrational Boston

    2K Boston may be changing its moniker to Irrational Boston. This speculatory information is thanks to both a trademark filed by Take-Two,and t-shirts sported by GDC attendees plastered with “jobs@irrationalboston.com” on the back. Joystiq contacted 2K Boston for verification earlier today and the official response was “no comment” with more to be revealed “very soon.”

  • Levine: We won’t show new game for “some time”

    BioShock legend Ken Levine’s said there won’t be a sniff of his new, super-secret project for a while yet. “Our new project is something we’re champing at the bit to talk about,” he told Gamespot. “But we’re not showing it to anybody and won’t be for some time. In fact, the only way to get […]

  • Job listing calls BioShock developer’s next game a “AAA multiplayer title”

    According to a job listing posted on Gamasutra, 2K Boston’s next game will be a huge departure from its single player-focused descent into madness, BioShock. Pulling a complete 180, the game will instead be an “action-packed AAA multiplayer title.” “The BioShock team is betting big on multiplayer and plans to stay at the top of […]

  • IGN gives BioShock PS3 a cool 9.4/10 (update)

    Update: EG’s given it a 10. Update 2: PSM3, via CVG, has given it 9.3/10. IGN’s BioShock PS3 review is up, and it’s glowing. The 9.4/10 score says “buy it”: the closing comments say, “Buy it if you haven’t played it before.” See: If you never experienced the halls of Rapture and have been waiting […]

  • BioShock PS3 gets launch trailer

    After the break. Despite a bunch of ignorable whinging to the contrary in the past few days, there’s nothing shabby about the PS3 port of Ken Levine’s flawed masterpiece as far as we can see. Now you can see too. The new version’s out on Friday, and if you haven’t played it already you really […]

  • BioShock PS3 gold, demo this week

    According to this press release, the PS3 version of BioShock is now gold, and the game’s demo will release on Thursday. That’s it. It’s out in the US on October 21 and “elsewhere” on October 17.

  • BioShock PS3 launch website may be the coolest ever

    Here. This really is a piece of work. It’s a kind of rip off of the game itself that works in your browser. We were impressed, anyway. BioShock’s PS3 version is out on October 21 in the US.

  • Levine: “I got some nasty fucking threats” over PC BioShock DRM

    Ken Levine’s revealed that the security measures for the PC version of BioShock got him into very hot water with some of the more avid gamers in the audience. “When we had the copy protection issues come out, I was out there talking about the product, I didn’t run away from that. And frankly I […]

  • Hands-on with BioShock PS3, new movies posted

    Gamespot’s posted up a hands-on with the PS3 version of BioShock, out on October 24. Snip: Outside of the proper single-player experience, we had a chance to try the Survivor mode, which offers a greater level of challenge that forces you to be smarter about how you play the game. Enemy behavior has been tweaked, […]

  • Levine on System Shock 3: “Would I turn my nose up at another round with Shodan? No”

    2K Boston’s Ken Levine has told VG247 that he “loves” the world of System Shock and would be interested in a third game in the EA-owned series if the opportunity arose. “Would I turn my nose up at another round with Shodan? No,” he said. When asked specifically if he would ever make System Shock […]

  • PS3 BioShock trailer released

    After the break. Watching it genuinely did want to make us play it again. We may even finish it this time. Game’s out later this year.

  • BioShock movie won’t be “Kate Hudson hunting for pirate treasure,” says Levine

    Big-shot Hollywood film guy Gore Verbinski “gets” the BioShock franchise. Ken Levine told us so last week. So don’t expect pretty blondes with unsmudged make-up impaling themselves on muscle-bound dunderheads in the screen adaptation of the 2K Boston game. “You’re always going to be worried that in that first meeting they’re going to be, like, […]

  • Bioshock PS3 boxart released

    See it here. Big Daddy plus Little Sister is good enough for us. The PS3 version should be a good excuse to go back and look at this again. Game’s out at the end of October.

  • 2K attempts to put kibosh on Bioshock 2 multiplayer rumor, only stokes fire

    A 2K Boston job posting over at Gamasutra unceremoniously ripped the cover from a multiplayer mode for the eagerly anticipated Bioshock 2. Or so we thought. The job listing requests that applicants be familiar with Bioshock and – more importantly – specifically notes that potential employees will be designing multiplayer modes for 2K Boston’s “next […]

  • Ken Levine: BioShock gameplay innovates well compared to Portal, Call of Duty and Medal of Honor

    Speaking to VG247 at Develop yesterday, 2K Boston’s Ken Levine said that he didn’t understand why gamers had leveled criticism and the scope of innovation in BioShock’s gameplay compared to the steps forward the game made in terms of narrative. “Honestly, I’ve been very open to criticisms in terms of narrative, etcetera – you’ve probably […]

  • Ken Levine: BioShock PS3 came later due to “corporate decision,” additional content is “2K thing”

    2K Boston’s Ken Levine has refused to comment on why a PS3 version of BioShock wasn’t released last year, saying the decision to stagger the 360 and PS3 versions was taken entirely by 2K. “That’s above my pay grade,” Levine told VG247 when asked why the game didn’t release on PS3 at the same time […]

  • Ken Levine: “Maybe I am an asshole,” but rumour doesn’t matter

    2K Boston’s Ken Levine has responded to rumour that certain members of the original BioShock team left to work at 2K Marin because of dislike for him personally by saying talk of its kind simply doesn’t matter. “My wife finds it more upsetting than I do,” he said, talking to VG247 at Develop in Brighton […]

  • Ken Levine: My “crazy ambitious” game is out of the blue-sky period

    Ken Levine has confirmed that his new IP has entered development proper. “We’re not in the blue-sky period any more,” said the developer, speaking to VG247 at Develop today. “We’re actually building design elements and building it out… But it’s, you know, it’s going to be pretty crazy ambitious.” Levine refused to confirm specifically the […]

  • BioShock was supposed to be the most integrated porn film of all time, says Levine

    Speaking at Develop today, 2K Boston star Ken Levine said that BioShock’s narrative was supposed to bear more than a little relation to adult entertainment. “With BioShock we tried to make the most integrated porn movie of all time,” he said in his keynote Q&A session at the Brighton conference. He was referencing a comment […]

  • Christopher Kline: No future for mid-budget developers

    2K Boston technical chap Christopher Kline has discussed with GamesIndustry.biz his concerns over the perils of the increasingly precarious mid-budget development market. “I think what we realised… [when] we were doing games that I’d say were mid-budget – maybe $3-4 million, [was that] there was no real market left,” he said. “You’d have to do […]

  • DRM restrictions lifted from PC BioShock

    Nice surprise for a Friday. According to this post on the 2K forums, all “activation limits” have been lifted from the PC version of BioShock. “Good news! As promised, all activation restrictions, including install limits, have been removed from BioShock PC as of today,” said community manager Elizabeth Toby. “You don’t have to patch or […]

  • Levine in contract negotiations with 2K, says Variety

    According to this Variety report, journalist Ben Fritz has claimed that “several sources” have confirmed that 2K Boston’s Ken Levine is in the process of renegotiating his contract with Take-Two Interactive. Fritz says this explains why Levine has been largely absent from the press lately and why Take-Two would only say he’s “involved” with BioShock […]

  • 2K working with third-party on Bioshock PS3

    SCEA’s revealed that a studio other than 2Ks Boston, Australia and Marin is working on the PS3 version of Bioshock in this US PlayStation Blog post. “Because this is the first PS3 title from 2K Marin, 2K Australia and 2K Boston, we’ve also got another development partner with some outstanding PS3-specific coding chops helping out […]