“The BioShock universe hasn’t always treated the PlayStation community super well. The first game came out on PS3 over a year after launch on other platforms. To Sony fans, that probably read as, “Hey, what are we? Chopped liver?””
The opening statement from Irrational Games Co-founder and Creative Director in June 2011 on the US PlayStation Blog where we went on to confirm that a PS Vita version of Bioshock was on the way. “I know I didn’t give a ton of details today about the Move stuff and the new game on PS Vita. That’s because we’re still very much in Santa’s elves mode on them. But we wanted to make sure we got out there today and showed a new commitment to PlayStation fans.”
More than two years have passed since then, and we have since learned that the Vita version not only hasn’t started development, it hasn’t even been greenlit. However Ken does refuse to give up on the project, and he told Kotaku “I am literally trying to make a match between the parties”.
You may be forgiven for thinking that if Irrational Games want to make a Vita Bioshock and Sony obviously would want it on the Vita then it would be straightforward.
But Irrational Games answer to parent company Take Two, perhaps understandably may be a little hesitant to spend a vast amount of money on a project which could possibly fail due to not enough sales. We could all say that such a title on the Vita would sell systems on its own, but the Vita has had some standout efforts already and these have only created a little bit of momentum. There are no guarantees that this would sell like hot-cakes or shift systems even though logic would dictate that it would. Having a limited budget for a portable Bioshock would also be detrimental to not only the Bioshock name but also the reputation of the Vita. So the balance needs to be right for everyone and we hope that a deal can be made.
A recent tweet instigated by Double11 drew a vague response from Shuehei Yoshida and we will leave it to others to draw conclusions, but until then I suppose we are chopped liver.
I wonder who is in the running for Bioshock VITA.. No one has spoken to us yet ( sad face ). Sony America must be handling it.
— Double Eleven (@DoubleElevenLtd) July 30, 2013
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) July 30, 2013
Would you buy a Vita Bioshock?