BioShock is far too beloved a franchise to disappear completely.
According to a recent report from Kotaku, there's a super secret new BioShock in the works. In the midst of the conversation, the report drops an exciting detail: an unannounced BioShock game is now underway.
BioShock is one of 2K Games' most important properties, but there hasn't been much rumbling about where the series will go next.
Code-named "Parkside", the new BioShock title has been under development for at least the past few months. The original article is a research piece exploring how Mafia III developer Hangar 13 has been evolving for the past 18 months, with many major people in the company, including the art director and major game designers, being laid-off in February.
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This scoop comes from a Kotaku story chronicling Hangar 13's recently turbulent history.
Since then, the studio has "floundered" as it tries to figure out what its next project should be, with ideas like a fourth Mafia set in Las Vegas during the 70s, a spy game set in Berlin in the 80s, and a music-fueled action game ultimately being abandoned. Numerous people who helped make Mafia III are now gone, including the game's art director, technical art director, senior producers, design director, many design leads, and a number of other key staff. During a feature concerning Mafia III studio Hangar 13, it was revealed there was a small group of developers working on a project codenamed Parkside. Due to the uncertainty, many Hangar 13 employees have left, been laid off, or moved over to the new BioShock studio, which happens to be located right next door to Hangar 13.
Many think this new title could be a new BioShock or Borderlands entry. But it's the oddly-offhand mention of a new BioShock that's the real eye-opener. What do you think they could do with the series to advance the ideas, but maintain that classic BioShock feel?