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7:30 PM on 03.23.2013

PAX: Ken Levine: Players can be psychopathic alcoholics

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...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 03.22.2013

Ken Levine denies $200 million BioShock Infinite budget

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...

Jim Sterling



Ken Levine talks multiplayer in BioShock Infinite photo
Ken Levine talks multiplayer in BioShock Infinite
by Tara Long

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 the future of the series.

I was particularly curious to know how, after last year's reports of a cancelled multiplayer mode, Levine felt about the idea of narrative-focused games adding multiplayer, and whether or not it cheapens the experience.

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12:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Ken Levine killed BioShock film due to Watchmen's failure

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...

Allistair Pinsof

5:15 PM on 03.06.2013

BioShock Infinite characters perform duet on soundtrack

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...

Brett Zeidler

8:30 PM on 02.26.2013

BioShock on Vita hasn't begun development

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...

Patrick Hancock





7:30 PM on 02.11.2013

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

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 ...

Alasdair Duncan

8:30 AM on 01.24.2013

Here's what you get for pre-ordering Bioshock Infinite

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...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 12.21.2012

BioShock Infinite PC won't have SecuROM or GFWL

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.10.2012

Video: Ken Levine discusses fratboys and BioShock

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...

Allistair Pinsof

12:30 PM on 12.09.2012

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

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...

Allistair Pinsof



Q&A with Ken Levine: Head in the clouds photo
Q&A with Ken Levine: Head in the clouds
by Allistair Pinsof

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 doesn’t really come up with these detailed, imaginative worlds. Surely, he doesn’t obsess about games like the rest of us. But then he talked about Culdcept Saga and card games for five minutes.

Levine is a visionary, a geek, and a culture junkie. You could dismiss the last as having no relevance to his profession but you’d be wrong. Levine has a life beyond games and yet that life informs everything he does within games. It’s what makes his work unique, personal, and spiritual. It’s also what makes Levine a riveting interview subject.

I sat down with Levine to discuss BioShock Infinite’s themes, influences, the silly reception to its recently released box art, and what’s going on with the Wii U (if anything).

[This interview is spoiler free.]

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7:15 AM on 12.07.2012

BioShock Infinite flies away to March 26, so far away

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...

Allistair Pinsof

3:30 PM on 11.13.2012

A look at the BioShock Infinite Songbird Edition statue

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:30 PM on 08.10.2012

The DTOID Show: Boobs, Birds, and BioShock Infinite!

Happy Friday, wonderbuns! Max and I totally hosted a live Destructoid Show today but forgot to post about it here beforehand and now EVERYTHING SUCKS. You'll watch the recorded episode though, right? To make me feel better? ...

Tara Long

11:30 AM on 03.20.2012

BioShock Infinite's Boys of Silence will upset your brain

The mechanical George Washington was creepy enough, but the latest "Heavy Hitters" video for BioShock Infinite gives us something truly disturbing. The Boys of Silence are blinded to the world and hunt you down using sound. They're also made out of pure nightmare fuel.  Check out the video and see what I mean. It's really quite a gruesome concept.

Jim Sterling