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BioShock

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Irrational Games

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'BioShock' (PS3) Being Handled By Four Studios

by Rainier on July 3, 2008 @ 9:53 a.m. PDT

BioShock is a hybrid first-person shooter combining elements of sci-fi and role-playing genres. Going beyond "run and gun corridors," "monster-closet AIs" and static worlds, BioShock creates a living, unique and unpredictable FPS experience.

BioShock for the Xbox 360 and PC was released in 2007 and received numerous Game of the Year honors from prestigious organizations including Associated Press, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Game Informer, Spike TV’s VGAs and Paste Magazine. BioShock’s extension to the PS3 will bring exciting new content to this amazing title and reach many new players, while giving the title the opportunity to once again be named Game of the Year.

“By partnering with Digital Extremes, 2K Games is delivering a fully optimized experience that takes advantage of the PS3 hardware,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Bringing Digital Extremes on board allows us to continue to deliver the best experience possible to our fans.”

Headquartered in London, Ontario, Digital Extremes brings more than 15 years of experience as one of the gaming industry’s premier developers. Digital Extremes pioneered technological and graphical design within the video gaming industry as the co-creators of Epic Games’ Unreal franchise. Using the experience it gained from working on the recently released Dark Sector®, Digital Extremes is partnering with the 2K studios to help optimize BioShock’s performance on the PS3.

“When 2K approached us to assist with development on BioShock for the PS3, it was a no-brainer,” said James Schmalz, CEO and founder of Digital Extremes. “You really can’t ask for a more exciting, technically impressive world to work in than Rapture, and the incredible knowledge and talent between the 2K studios and our team at Digital Extremes is unprecedented. The collaboration on this project will make the PS3 sing with Big Daddy goodness and Little Sister ‘thank you’s’.”

BioShock is a narrative-driven action experience that allows players to do the impossible as they journey through an amazing, immersive and terrifying world. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically mutated citizens, the player will come to grips with the mysterious and fascinating world of Rapture, a distinct Art Deco underwater utopia gone mad. BioShock not only challenges players’ capacity to adapt and survive, but brings to question their values and commitment to the inhabitants of Rapture. With smart and adaptive AI, no encounter ever plays out the same, while numerous customization options provide gamers with an experience that adapts to their playing style.

BioShock for the PS3 will be available in October 2008.


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