Ken Levine Wishes He Could Still Make BioShock Vita

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.