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Bioshock dev confirms: no PS3 version


In a recent phone call with Joystiq, Ken Levine, lead designer of Bioshock, confirmed that there is no PS3 version of Bioshock in the works: "I promise you, there is no secret plan about the PS3 that we're keeping from people. There's no PS3 development going on that we're hiding." Levine explains the mysterious reference to PS3 hidden in the game code, noting: "There's lots of stuff that gets into game code, plans change over time and we got an exclusive deal with Microsoft ... that's not a Rosetta Stone discovery."

It appears that although a PS3 version was considered at one point, Microsoft secured the game as a Xbox 360 and Games for Windows exclusive, most likely through the mesmerizing powers of cold, hard cash. A fantastic decision on Microsoft's part -- it currently has a Metascore of 97, making it an easy contender for Game of the Year accolades.

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1. It is called exclusivity-- and it is something that the PS3 has lost out on by being so late in the "next gen" market. Microsoft has both the install base and spread a lot of dough around to the developers. It has had the effect of making the 360 THE development platform of the 7th gen of video games.

Posted at 5:14PM on Aug 24th 2007 by gamingeek

2. Microsoft has said themselves that they pay for exclusive titles. Its very likely the case is the same here. Anyway this is PS3fanboy, what do you expect?

Posted at 5:22PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Jason

3. Just how many shooters can I own??

Posted at 5:28PM on Aug 24th 2007 by sicklesdawg

4. @3

They said "most likely". They didn't state it as a fact. It also wasn't an "impossible" rumour - why would Bioshock on PS3 have been impossible? Extremely unlikely to happen, but not impossible.

Perhaps you should consider that Microsoft have paid for exclusives multiple times in the past? The most famous being the $50 million for exclusive DLC with GTA IV. It's common business practice for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to pay for games to be exclusives. So Andrew saying "most likely" isn't exactly unfair nor bashing the competition.

Posted at 5:30PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Ste

5. On the surface this appears as a FPS. My guess none of you have even played Bioshock. This game plays very similar to an RPG. And I know how much you PS3 guys love RPGs. Honestly, don't bash this game cause it's only on the 360. It's still a AWESOME game.

Posted at 5:40PM on Aug 24th 2007 by x silence x

6. Read his comment, guys. It's clear that a multiplatform approach was considered, but a deal was made. Like I said, it was a great decision on Microsoft's part--Bioshock is a fantastic game that deserves all the praise it's been getting.

Posted at 5:42PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Andrew Yoon

7. Jason, Bioshock isn't really an FPS game. Sure, there are guns, but they more or less supplement the plasmid powers. Condemned and the Darkness are similar with the idea that "the guns take a backseat".

Resistance is your straight up typical FPS, just like Halo where guns are almost everything. Bioshock is nothing like those. Even my FPS-inept room mate can play Bioshock, and he loves it. That says a lot.

I'd hate to see how they'd force motion-controls in this game if it went PS3...maybe for the hacking mini-game? Ick. It's kind of sad though...like Ninja Gaiden, this is one of those games everyone should get to play.

Next year, the PS3 should have plenty of solid exclusives. Unfortunately, it looks like this year is bunk for the most part.

Posted at 5:42PM on Aug 24th 2007 by SuicideNinja

8. @dukeatreides4ever

Oh give me a break. No money was exchanged???? Ken Levine says: "we got an exclusive deal with Microsoft ... that's not a Rosetta Stone discovery". What kind of deal do you think they got? a picture of the missing J Allard in spandex? Of course it is money. And the game was announced for both platforms back before Microsoft announced it to be exclusive.

Posted at 5:49PM on Aug 24th 2007 by optimusprime

9. I like Bioshock my friend owns it! It does have the Rpg feel and with its story/setting makes it awesome. But just how many FPS! will I Put money down for with

-WarHawk
-COD4
-StrangleHold

Is all the Fps/3ps I need...Coming Soon

I'm I own Rfom, Vegas, NG, MotorStorm! I'm waiting for Folklore and HS maybe Lair...

Posted at 5:56PM on Aug 24th 2007 by sicklesdawg

10. First, Sony and Microsoft denies any price cuts - then we get a price cut

First, Microsoft denies HDMI output experiments - then they release HDMI outputs

First, Sony denies DVR functionalily - then they're now offereing DVR


If Sony really wanted this game, it will come to the PS3 one way or another -- perhaps as a remake or Bioshock 1.1 if necessary. But it's already available on your PC. In any case, I don't want it. I'm eager only for MGS4, nothing else. I skipped the PS1 and the PS2 era, so I've never played any MGS games, so if anyone has an extensive and "accurate" knowledge about the storyline so far up to this point, I'd appreciate it if you can explain it to me so that I can be all caught up.

Posted at 6:03PM on Aug 24th 2007 by secret

11. - hey look it's a shot! I'll just stab that in my arm without haveing no idea what it is.

that part of the demo freaked me out - I find it strange no one talks about it? It should be a dilemma for him to use it.

Posted at 6:06PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Supino

12. That's one thing great about the PS3. Although I skipped the PS2 and PS1 era, I now have a full library open to me at prices ranging from only $5 to $19. Always wanted Metal Slug Antholog, remembering how I always wanted a Neo Geo and amlost bought it at one time. I think the console was about $800-$1000 and one cartridge was about $150-$300. I had the dough, walked up to the pick one up, and then said - Nah...I'll pass.

Posted at 6:06PM on Aug 24th 2007 by secret

13. @10 Dude there is no way to summarize in the enormously complex and varied story of the MGS franchise in this little blog space. They are special games quite unlike anything else out there on the market. Trust me when I say that you really must experience the MGS games for yourself starting w/ the original MGS for PS1! Otherwise you will be completely lost on MGS4.

Posted at 6:17PM on Aug 24th 2007 by gamingeek

14. "hey look it's a shot! I'll just stab that in my arm without haveing no idea what it is".


A WTF moment for me. yeah that alone gets a 9.5/10 LOL.

Posted at 6:19PM on Aug 24th 2007 by sicklesdawg

15. @10
Search GameFaqs, I will when I buy The Game since its too long to remember.

Posted at 6:21PM on Aug 24th 2007 by sicklesdawg

16. To be quite honest my next door neighbour has this and we really aint missing out on anything, he completed it the same day he got it, its ridiculously easy and the graphics personally speaking aint all that great.

All personal opinion but make your own assumption, any game that be completed so easily is never gonna be that good.

Posted at 6:25PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Mentality

17. Secret you need to play the MGS series dude, but you need rumble to get the full experience. Befor eyou guys dive on me, allow me to say that when I first saw Psycho Mantis do the mind bit (when he tells you to put the controller on the ground) that shit was revolutionary. They are roughly 8-9 hour campaigns, but once you get the hang of the controls, you WILL NOT PUT THE CONTROLLER DOWN! As far as Bioshock, I downloaded it yesterday and it's meh to me. Playing it after hours of R6 Vegas (which although isn't as shiny as the 360 version, is SICK!) is a tough transition. The graphics are standard 360 shiny and cartoony. The water looks cool. Am I pissed that its a 360 exclusive? Not really. Must buy? Maybe not, but I'm still up in the air on Heavenly Sword as well. Gotta have Warhawk though. Love me some free multiplayer madness!

Posted at 6:40PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Titty Pink

18. metality-

Tell that to metacritic. I have the game, and it's incredible. TBH, I never was interested in this game until I played the demo. This game will be a system mover.

Posted at 6:47PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Knight Marquise

19. the graphics aint that good ?? dude are you playing it on a 60's magnavox or what ? the raphics throughout the game are amazing, bright, vibrant and the art style is something ove never seen in a game before........thing Gotham city under water.

Posted at 7:09PM on Aug 24th 2007 by WTangoFoxtrot

20. #18: Why are you even posting here? Nobody cares.

Posted at 7:19PM on Aug 24th 2007 by Popfrogs

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