Back in 2011 Ken Levine announced that his team at Irrational Games and publisher 2K Games were working with Sony to create a BioShock game for the PS Vita. This new entry in the franchise promised to be unique, and not a port of an existing release. Unfortunately, three years later, a BioShock game for the PS Vita didn’t materialized and probably never will.
In a series of Tweets, Levine talked about what happened with the game and what could have been, all coming down to 2K Games and Sony unable to make a deal. “2K and Sony couldn’t put a deal together when I last checked. They seemed way more optimistic about this back in 2011.” Irrational Games closed their doors earlier this year thus killing all hopes of a PS Vita game from Levine. “Wish I could do it myself, but lawyers and all that. I still love my Vita”
In another Tweet, Levine discussed his vision for the game, confirming that BioShock for PS Vita would have been a very unique game compared to its console brethren. “I was thinking a Final Fantasy Tactics style thing set in pre-fall Rapture.”
The first person shooter series will continue on despite the closure of Irrational Games as 2K Games confirmed that BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin is now the lead studio for the franchise. There’s always a slim possibility that they are working on a PS Vita game, but at this point we just have to wait and see what the publisher does with the IP.