In Kotaku‘s story on Mafia III‘s developer Hangar 13’s history, Jason Schreier casually stumbled on the possible development of a new Bioshock game.
During an interview with an anonymous developer, they mentioned that a neighboring studio, also owned by 2K, is working on a project under code-name “Parkside,” that is supposedly the new game in the BioShock series.
One source told Kotaku:
“If anyone from Hangar 13 tried to strike up a conversation with [those at this studio], they’d say, ‘Oh, we can’t really talk about it. It was all very tight-lipped.”
The BioShock franchise consists of three games, BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, and has not seen another game since Infinite‘s release in 2013. Irrational Games – now Ghost Story Games – is widely-regarded for their role in creating two of the three games, but the rights to the franchise stayed with 2K when the two companies separated in 2017.
The most recent news surrounding the franchise was in 2016, when Bioshock: The Collection was released, which combined all three games and their respective DLCs in a remastered format.
In November 2015, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive (owners of 2K), Strauss Zelnick, claimed that BioShock was “unquestionably a permanent franchise,” eliciting the thought that there would be another installment after the third game.
BioShock fans have been craving a new game, questioning whether they will follow the trend and produce another game in Columbia, develop another compelling fantasy world, or craft a return to Rapture.
In a fiscal report released in November of 2017, Take-Two resurfaced the idea with the claim that “a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” would release by March 31, 2019. The mystery game could very well be “Parkside,” but could also be Borderlands 3, another anticipated game under Take-Two, that Gearbox is positively working on.
Are you ecstatic at the possibility of another BioShock game just around the corner, or do you like the trilogy as it is? Let us know in the comments below!