Evidence that a new BioShock is in development has been mounting for the last few months, but a recent report on Mafia III developer Hangar 13 has pretty much confirmed this to be the case.
According to Kotaku, several former Hangar 13 employers have moved to the new 2K Games studio in Novato, California, to work on the next, officially unconfirmed BioShock title.
The new BioShock game is allegedly code-named Parkside, and apparently it’s so secret that the game’s developers refused to discuss it with their neighbors at Hangar 13.
“If anyone from Hangar 13 tried to strike up a conversation with them, they’d say, ‘Oh, we can’t really talk about it,'” an anonymous source is quoted as saying.
We previously suspected that 2K was hiring for a new BioShock title after job listings at a new Novato-based studio for a first-person shooter popped up on 2K’s website. These listings described the game as a “stunning narrative and systems driven experience” set in a “fantastical world” and called for a lead campaign designer that should “love sitting at the nexus of story and design” and has a “passion for games that create a symbiosis between the two.” That sure sounded like BioShock to us.
That’s the good news. The bad news, at least for fans eager for a new BioShock title, is that it sounds like the game is still in pretty early development, which is why only a handful of Hangar 13’s employees were able to move to the neighboring studio.
“The issue is that Parkside’s not ready for lots of people,” another source told Kotaku. “They’re trying to be really smart about figuring out what the core thing is. They’re careful about not falling into the same problem every studio has, where they have too many people and nothing for them to do.”
Parkside isn’t the only BioShock Infinite successor in development. Ghost Story Games, which was founded by BioShock creator Ken Levine, is also working on a game that sounds like an evolution of BioShock’s immersive sim formula.