Irrational Games, along with Ken Levine, is back after three-years of complete silence to showcase what they’ve been working on, and it’s a BioShock prequel set in 1912. The bigger kick is that the game takes place in the air, not under the water, a drastic change for a series known for its aquatic sensibilities. The game is scheduled for a 2012 release on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, so the long silence is hardly a problem for the inevitable hype machine.
Taking BioShock out of the water, as in this trailer rather abruptly, seems like a change to keep the series fresh, but also one that takes it out of what made it unique. Rapture, with its creaking glass and confined spaces, was distinct. Opening the world up to extensive and large environments just seems wrong, as if the franchise is headed for one game too many. Although, unlike the explosion of Assassin’s Creed, closing in on its third sequel in as many years, BioShock is being given plenty of time, so maybe the initial hesitation will prove unwarranted. It is BioShock after all.