BioShock 4: The Awaited Sequel Stuck in Development Hell
BioShock 4, the highly anticipated next installment in the BioShock franchise, is currently mired in development hell. Developer Cloud Chamber and publisher 2K Games have remained tight-lipped regarding the game’s storyline and release date, leaving fans with nothing but rumors to speculate upon.
Setting and Gameplay
According to various sources, BioShock 4 is rumored to be an open-world game set in Borealis, a city located in the Antarctic. However, there has been no official confirmation regarding whether the fourth installment will take place in the same timeline as the previous BioShock games. Furthermore, it remains uncertain if the main character will continue to possess the iconic powers of plasmids or vigors.
Troubles in Development
Reports have emerged suggesting that the narrative team, led by former Far Cry 5 writer Liz Albl, has undergone multiple script rewrites for BioShock 4. The game’s development has faced numerous challenges, as indicated by a Twitter thread from prominent leaker Oops Leaks. The studio reportedly encountered issues such as a fourth reboot of the game last year, management problems, and concerns about financial success, among others. Unless these problems are resolved, BioShock 4 appears destined to remain stuck in development hell. Oops Leaks further predicted that if 2K Games and Cloud Chamber fail to announce the game during the summer, there will be “zero chances” of it being released as initially planned in 2025.
The new Bioshock is in development hell.
Despite a complete change in development leadership, the Bioshock series is still haunted by the curse of problematic development. No game details will be described here, and this is likely to be my final report on the next Bioshock. pic.twitter.com/5oppXBsbns
— Oops Leaks (@oopsleaks) May 18, 2023
The current status of the fourth installment has left many BioShock fans feeling disappointed. Some enthusiasts assert that the franchise took a downturn after the departure of BioShock creator Ken Levine, following the shutdown of Irrational Games. Suggestions have been made for 2K Games to hand BioShock 4 over to another studio and to bring Levine back on board. Nevertheless, there are still hopeful gamers who believe that BioShock 4 will eventually see the light of day.
Ken Levine’s Involvement
Contrary to popular demand, it is highly unlikely that Ken Levine will be involved in BioShock 4. Levine is currently the head of Ghost Story Games, the studio responsible for his upcoming first-person shooter (FPS) game, Judas. Judas, which debuted during last year’s Game Awards, is expected to be released in 2025, coinciding with the rumored release date of BioShock 4. Fans who have followed Levine’s work express excitement for Judas and hold out hope that BioShock 4 will garner a similar reception once it is officially unveiled.