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Ken Levine's new game

BioShock creator working on a new sci-fi game


Smaller scale, player-created main character
Jan 28
After BioShock Infinite, developer Irrational effectively closed down. About 70 folks lost their jobs while studio head Ken Levine formed a smaller team focused on highly-replayable narrative-driven games. Rece... read
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Irrational

Irrational's hiring again almost a year after 'winding down'


Who wants to work with Ken?
Nov 24
In February, Ken Levine (bio)shocked the gaming world by announcing that Irrational Games was shutting down. Well, sort of. The plan was to lay off the majority of the staff, and continue forward as a small group dedicated to... read
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BioShock on Vita

BioShock on Vita probably would have been like Final Fantasy Tactics


Key words here are 'would have been'
Jul 08
An installment in the BioShock series for the PlayStation Vita may be one of Ken Levine's only wishes for the franchise that will go unfulfilled. Levine's longing for one of his signature games on the handheld device is ... read
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Fox News

Someone at Fox News is either a BioShock Infinite fan or a massive copycat


They could be both, too
Jul 03
I feel like I could have just presented the above image without context or explanation, and that would have been the entire news post. Really, any kind of commentary I could provide on this just writes itself.  Just take... read
Bioshock Vita photo
Bioshock Vita

So...whatever happened to Bioshock Vita?


Remember that?
Feb 21
Remember when Ken Levine went on stage at E3 in 2011 and held up a PlayStation Vita, championed the hardware, and noted that Bioshock would be coming to it? Well... he just disbanded Irrational Games. CVG reached out to ... read
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Levine forming smaller team focused on highly-replayable narrative-driven games
"I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it," wrote co-founder Ken Levine in a post that comes as an utter shock. "I'll be starting a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two. That is going to mean ... read feature

BioShock Infinite DLC photo
Start your journey next month
2K has just announced that the first major DLC for BioShock Infinite, Burial at Sea: Episode 1, will be available on November 12th for $14.99 (or included with your Season Pass). This date is a worldwide release for the PS3, ... read feature

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Ken Levine

Levine to receive recognition at Golden Joystick Awards


The show's first ever Lifetime Achievement award
Oct 23
Ken Levine, one of the most well-known and respected developers in the videogame industry, will be honored at this year's Golden Joystick Awards with a Lifetime Achievement award. Throughout the course of the show's 31-year h... read
BioShock Infinite DLC photo
Spoilers, obviously
BioShock Infinite's Burial At Sea Episode 1 is on the way, and you can get a quick look at the first five minutes courtesy of Irrational Games above. Although there are obvious spoilers as to the setup of the DLC, not a whol... read feature

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BioShock: Burial At Sea, RIP Fez II, GTA has purple cars


The Destructoid Show says a swearword
Jul 30
Hey gang! Here's today's Destructoid Show. Because Tuesdays. The first BioShock Infinite DLC has been released, with later DLC plans revealed, and Caitlin sat down with Ken Levine himself to discuss it. Fez II has been ... read
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Returning to Rapture on the eve of its downfall
Irrational Games, and Ken Levine in particular, have been known for creating games with innovative narratives and unique gameplay. BioShock Infinite is no different, and we expect the same for the remaining downloadable cont... read feature

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Logan's Run movie

Ken Levine will write the new Logan's Run movie


Welcome Humans! I am ready for you.
Jun 18
A remake for Logan's Run is in the works, and it's surprisingly going to be written by BioShock Infinite's master guru, Ken Levine. He isn't leaving Irrational Games or anything like that; he is just writing this as a side pr... read
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System Shock 2 on Steam

System Shock 2 now on Steam, no more excuses


Just buy and play the damn thing, already!
May 10
System Shock 2 is one of those games that everyone should get around to playing eventually. It's an eerie and atmospheric first-person shooter with RPG elements that truly was ahead of its time. Some folks like it better... read
BioShock Infinite Art photo
Art book shows a new perspective of Columbia
Almost a month after its release, BioShock Infinite is still on my mind, but not for the reasons you might suspect. If you grow tired of seeing the game plastered on just about every gaming website, magazine, and TV comm... read feature

BioShock Infinite photo
Cream or sugar?
Jennifer Hale and Oliver Vaquer, the voice actors behind the Lutece Twins, sat down with GameTrailers to talk about their roles in BioShock Infinite. The pair touch on how they both had to read each character's scripts, how it was like working together, and where they'd want to go if they could rip open tears. And then things get weird. read feature

BioShock Infinite photo
BioShock Infinite

Enjoy all of BioShock Infinite in this 3.5-hour movie


Would you kindly give it a view?
Apr 02
Just this past weekend I finished BioShock Infinite, and as a huge fan of the original BioShock this game did not disappoint. I'm still thinking about the story and making new revelations -- and it's been two days ... read
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Reviews Elsewhere: BioShock Infinite


Ken out of Ten
Mar 25
BioShock Infinite reviews finally went live across the board today, and while I'm sure we all expected a positive showing, we maybe were not quite prepared for the veritable outpouring of critical acclaim.  Of course, De... read
Becoming BioShock's Liz photo
BioShock Infinite actress Courtnee Draper recalls how she dug deep to find the voice
One of the main things that Irrational Games has really pushed in its marketing for BioShock Infinite is the relationship between the player-controlled character Booker DeWitt and the young woman Elizabeth that he's tasked wi... read feature

BioShock Infinite photo
BioShock Infinite

PAX: Ken Levine: Players can be psychopathic alcoholics


Irrational Games creative lead on the challenges of player freedom
Mar 23
At the Irrational Games panel at PAX East today, the team behind BioShock Infinite talked about the challenges of player agency in the game specifically when interacting with Elizabeth, the player's constant companion. "The p... read
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Ken Levine denies $200 million BioShock Infinite budget


"Did someone send checks to the wrong address?"
Mar 22
Yesterday, it was suggested BioShock Infinite was among the most expensive videogame projects of all time, costing a rumored $200 million to produce. According to director Ken Levine, such a catastrophic amount certainly wasn... read
BioShock Infinite video photo
Warning: Raw sexual energy approaching maximum capacity
With BioShock Infinite mere days away from release, I sat down with Irrational Games' Ken Levine this week to discuss exactly how the game has changed over the past five years of development, and what he envisions for t... read feature

BioShock film photo
BioShock film

Ken Levine killed BioShock film due to Watchmen's failure


Universal decreased budgeting altered project
Mar 12
Ken Levine has come out about the BioShock film, first announced in 2008 with Pirates of Caribbean director Gore Verbinski attached, admitting to personally cancelling the film. After the poor box office reception to The Watc... read
BioShock Soundtrack photo
BioShock Soundtrack

BioShock Infinite characters perform duet on soundtrack


Rest of soundtrack detailed as well
Mar 06
Who among you is picking up the "Ultimate Songbird Edition" or "Premium Edition" of BioShock Infinite? If you're in either one of those camps, I'm sure you know that there's a shiny (digital) copy of the soundtrack waiting f... read
BioShock Vita photo
BioShock Vita

BioShock on Vita hasn't begun development


Deal is out of Levine's hands
Feb 26
Despite championing the device back in 2011, Ken Levine and the folks at Irrational Games have made seemingly no progress towards a handheld BioShock game. Apparently all the talk about what the game is was conjectu... read
System Shock photo
System Shock

Is System Shock being revived on Steam and GOG.com?


Brave SHODAN once more...
Feb 11
While it should be taken with a grain of salt, a website is reporting that the System Shock franchise will be available on Steam and GOG.com in the very near future. Flesheatingzipper.com is reporting that Night Dive Studios ... read
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Here's what you get for pre-ordering Bioshock Infinite


The Industrial Revolution pack
Jan 24
If you're a fan of pre-orders, you can gain access to the "Industrial Revolution Pack" through pre-ordering at select retailers (basically everyone). You'll get access to three in-game items, 500 bonus currency, five lock pi... read
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BioShock Infinite PC won't have SecuROM or GFWL


Levine says game will feel "right at home" on computers
Dec 21
During his Reddit AMA, Irrational Games saucepot Ken Levine promised concerned PC gamers that BioShock Infinite would not repeat the mistakes of the past, claiming it'll be "right at home" on computers. Most crucially, Infini... read
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Toga! Toga! Toga!
Ken Levine is is one of the most honest guys in the games industry, which is what makes his explanation of BioShock Infinite's box cover so fascinating. In the video above (taken from Sunday's interview), Levine addresses fa... read feature

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Don't like BioShock Infinite's cover? Download another!


Irrational Games will compile internal and fan-made alternative covers
Dec 09
Despite novel, arresting box art being a rarity these days, the internet lashed out against BioShock Infinite's decidedly safe and macho cover. Creative director Ken Levine heard the cries and decided to do something about it... read
BioShock interview photo
More than meets the eye
There are a handful of game designers I admire but none of them are as handsome as Ken Levine. It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Until my interview, I always looked on at him with a layer of skepticism. Surely, he ... read feature

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BioShock Infinite flies away to March 26, so far away


It's not like we are counting down the days or anything
Dec 07
BioShock Infinite is now set to be released on March 26 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Yeah, that's an extra month of no totally awesome fun times with BioShock. Bummer. It seems Ken Levine cares more about making great... read
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A look at the BioShock Infinite Songbird Edition statue


Ken Levine professes love of collectibles while pimping his own
Nov 13
Irrational Games put out a new video which gives an up-close look at the Songbird statue which is putting the "Songbird" into the "Ultimate Songbird Edition" of Bioshock: Infinite. Director Ken Levine is on hand to express h... read






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