New 2K Studio formed for BioShock 2

Written by Joe Martin

November 30, 2007 // 9:23 a.m.

Tags: #bioshock #gamasutra #levine #project-x #sequel #surferfirl #take-two #x-com #xcom

BioShock was a great game, but it did have its flaws. The good news though is that those flaws will hopefully be ironed out soon - in the sequel!

Before you start OMGing and WTFing about the sheer possibility of a new BioShock game, there's something you should know.

According to industry insider Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars and a job posting up on Gamasutra, the new game won't be headed up by Ken Levine, the man responsible for BioShock the first. Instead, it'll be made by a new 2K studio which is being founded specifically for the task.

The new studio, 2K Marin, is being founded by the remnants of the dev team from the first BioShock. Apparently, not many of the original staff wanted to work with Ken after BioShock.

"2K Boston is still recovering - a good chunk of the BioShock team did not want to work with Ken ever again, and 2K definitely understood the sentiment and let them set up a new studio so that they can make Bioshock 2, leaving Ken with Project X. A good chunk of the other senior 2K Boston people who were sick of Ken but didn't move to San Francisco ended up scattering to other AAA developers instead. In Quincy, they're essentially rebuilding a team from almost scratch again." Says Surfer Girl, who got tipped off by an anonymous source.

So, what is Ken Levine up to? Well, by the looks of it he's going to stay on in 2K Boston and is starting work on a new project called Project X which has been confirmed by some of the fleeing developers as being a new X-Com game.

Details beyond that are pretty scarce at the moment and it'll certainly be a while before we see anything come out of either studio, but until then you can always share your thoughts with us in the forums. You can also check out the new BioShock mod which we've featured in this month's Mod of the Month.
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