The lights are on
BioShock Infinite was surely going to be one of the buzzed-about games of E3, but unfortunately, not only will the game not be at the convention, but it's being delayed as well.
The game is being pushed out of 2012 and into 2013. February 26 to be exact. Furthermore, the title won't be shown at events like E3 or Gamescom in Germany.
The following message hit our inboxes this morning:
A MESSAGE FROM KEN LEVINE
When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing.
Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.
I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.
The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.
What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”
We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box. Preparing for these events takes time away from development, time we’re going to use instead to get the best version of Infinite into your hands in February.
The previous October date just felt too good to be true.
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I hate this KEN LEVINE, but of course not the game itself.
I think the cause of the delay is this new game "Dishonored" that uses very similar gameplay, anyway I will play Dishonored on Oct9 2012 instead and reconsider about buying Bioshock.
This is actually the most horrible and wonderful news of this year so far. I've been waiting for this game for what seems like forever at this point and having it delayed into 2013 is just a huge hit to the expectation gut. Hopefully for Irrational Games and Bioshock fans, the impending apocalypse is just another in a very long line of all talk no show events in human history. If those crazy Mayan guys are right however, looks like I'm going down in a blaze of Borderlands 2, instead of Bioshock Infinite. Ken Levine's gonna have a hard time explaining to all those angry fans in the afterlife why they didn't get to play Infinite. It is however also wonderful news. I have a specific savings account set up solely for video games, so now instead of spending all that money on video games for myself, I have a little extra left over to put something other than coal in my family's stockings. Guess I won't have to worry about all that hate mail. Thank you Mr. Levine.
As saddened as I am about the pushed back release date of Bioshock: Infinite, I applaud Ken for actually explaining why they are pushing the game back. Looking at Irrational's track record also shows that they make some of the most innovative and personal shooters around and waiting another couple of month's does not bother me, and neither does the absence of the game at E3. keeping Bioshock: Infinite's premise and game play more mysterious might actually be a blessing in disguise. Most games nowadays reveal almost all the core mechanics and story elements before we can even insert the disk into our respective gaming systems. I extend my trust to what these developer's are doing and can pretty much expect this game to be revolutionary and a competitor for game of the year when it releases next year.
I'm okay with this. There are fewer games to buy in February!
Even though I'm disappointed that it is delayed, I'm glad that they are taking the time to perfect the game before the release, good luck 2K games!
Hmm.... It's been a while since anyone posted here. I wonder if anyone will see this? www.youtube.com/watch