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BioShock sequel coming, 1.5m copies shipped

BioShock sequel coming, 1.5m copies shipped

Take-Two thinks that BioShock is one of the fastest selling games in video game history.

During an analyst conference call last night, Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick revealed that the publisher plans to turn BioShock into an ongoing franchise.

When asked about how to avoid watering down a franchise with annual releases, Zelnick responded by saying: “I would say, probably, roughly an every-two-year schedule would be optimal. And if you look historically that has been largely the case with GTA, and I’d expect we’d apply rougly the same strategy to BioShock because BioShock is shaping up to be a very important franchise.

“I don’t want to say more than that about BioShock because I certainly don’t want to jinx it, but I feel awfully good about where that’s going.”


During the call, Take-Two also said that 2K Boston/2K Australia’s popular underwater first person shooter has become the fastest demo to hit one million downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Finally, the publisher revealed that 1.5 million units of BioShock have shipped worldwide already, but there were no details on exactly how many retail sales this equates to. When questioned on how many sales this equated to, Zelnick told analysts that the publisher thinks BioShock is “one of the fastest selling games in video game history.”

Take-Two also refused to detail the breakdown between PC and Xbox 360 sales for the popular title too.

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naokaji 11th September 2007, 10:42 Quote
i dont know... i'm kinda scared that Bioshock 2 wont live up to the standards Bioshock set... but on the other hand... i waqs scared about HL2 not living up to the standard HL1 set too...

so i think i might be scared about such stuff a bit too much, i mean, maybe they actually manage to make bioshock 2 even better than bioshock.
will. 11th September 2007, 10:49 Quote
I'm wondering how they can continue it?

They can't stay down in rapture and keep the story feasible. Then again, the name Bioshock doesn't have to mean a game underwater so perhaps a brand new setting where plasmids have taken over more than just one location.
Tim S 11th September 2007, 10:55 Quote
maybe you get to play as another character in the story?
Vergil_117 11th September 2007, 11:02 Quote
Maybe you play as another person during the time when rapture all went to hell which happened before your visit there.
cjoyce1980 11th September 2007, 11:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vergil_117
Maybe you play as another person during the time when rapture all went to hell which happened before your visit there.

I like the idea! would add lots of depth to the game.

not completed the game yet, just at the farmer market now. how far i'm i into the game would you say?
Delphium 11th September 2007, 11:10 Quote
Sounds good to me, more plasmid action is WIn, personally I found the original Bioshock a bit short, and within the week of installing it I had completed it.
A prequel would likely work out ok I think.
More plasmids WTF :D
Delphium 11th September 2007, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
not completed the game yet, just at the farmer market now. how far i'm i into the game would you say?

I'd say about 45-50%
yodasarmpit 11th September 2007, 11:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vergil_117
Maybe you play as another person during the time when rapture all went to hell which happened before your visit there.
They could maybe call it "Blue Shift" :)
wuyanxu 11th September 2007, 11:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by yodasarmpit
They could maybe call it "Blue Shift" :)
ROFL :D

only problem is, some people may get a extremely pretty and well executed kick in the balls when it doesn't live up to the hypes.
but i do hope they explain how exactly does a steam powered gun differentiate between friend and foe.

_ :D_
chimaera 11th September 2007, 12:23 Quote
Initially I was nervous about the idea but I got to thinking - people were nervous about the same guys doing a sequel to System Shock years ago and they managed to knock that one right out of the park - System Shock 2 was fantastic.

Personally I can't wait :)
Hells_Bliss 11th September 2007, 13:12 Quote
considering how good the first one was, i'll buy bioshock2. No idea how they'll play it maybe run of one of the endings, possibly evil :)
DarkLord7854 11th September 2007, 14:37 Quote
I just hope they don't turn into little bitches and make it console-only -.-
aggies11 11th September 2007, 15:32 Quote
"We need more original titles and new IPs"

"Yes, so then we can milk the **** out of them with sequels!"

Is it just me, or does the word "franchise" cause anyone else to shudder uncomfortably?

Aggies
Kipman725 11th September 2007, 17:29 Quote
I was underwhelmed by the ending.. it could have been as good as deus ex when infact it was mostly graphics. I hope a sequal is more open ended and like deus ex. HANG ON all I want is a real deus ex sequal :|
wafflesomd 11th September 2007, 18:15 Quote
I just hope the sequel will make more sense, and not be shallow.
mikeuk2004 11th September 2007, 19:10 Quote
I cant wait for a sequal like I cant wait for a GOW2 either :)
DougEdey 11th September 2007, 20:08 Quote
Hopefully you'll be a member of the rebellion with Atlas who spiked off from one of Ryans people. But I don't know exactly how it would work

They need to make it less linear

(That last one isn't an actual spoiler but I don't want Joe to lynch me
dire_wolf 11th September 2007, 20:40 Quote
Me thinks they mebbe should patch the friggin first one so it runs properly on my PC before they start jibbering about a damn sequel >:(
specofdust 11th September 2007, 21:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I just hope the sequel will make more sense, and not be shallow.

QFT.
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