Ken Levine stoked laments for what could have been when he took to Twitter last night to discuss the now-fabled BioShock Vita game. When asked what he had in mind for his pet project that never got off the ground, the Irrational Games president said, "I was thinking a Final Fantasy Tactics-style thing set in a pre-fall Rapture."
something that would work well on the vita and not be a compromise in any way. also, as some know, i'm a turn based whore.
- Ken Levine (@IGLevine) July 8, 2014
Speaking as someone who loved the original BioShock, has lost dozens of hours to Final Fantasy Tactics games, and is really in the mood right now for a handheld RPG... damn.
However cemented in reality Levine's idea really was, the BioShock creator underlined the unlikelihood of a BioShock Vita game happening in any form, let alone his.
"2K and Sony couldn't put a deal together last time I checked," Levine tweeted. "They seemed way more optimistic about this back in 2011. Wish I could do it myself, but lawyers and that. I still love my Vita."
When he announced Irrational's massive trimming down to a staff of just 15, Levine said he was handing over the BioShock universe to 2K - Take-Two later revealed 2K Marin is taking on the series going forward. Prior to that, the last we head on BioShock Vita was a year ago, with development stuck at ground zero "until somebody starts signing the checks."
In reality, the likeliest anyone will get to playing a BioShock game on Vita is streaming a PS4 version of BioShock Infinite. So, is a new-gen edition of last year's game on the way?
"I'm hoping but [it's] not my decision" is the word from Levine.