You Didn't Really Want to Play BioShock Infinite This Year Anyway, Right?

Posted by Alex (2129 posts) -
Oh, god, don't cry Elizabeth. It's only a four month delay. Seriously, I can't deal with those giant sobbing doll eyes of yours.

If you were one of the many people gleefully looking forward to BioShock Infinite's announced October release date, marking off the days from now until the time which you'd be able to sky-hook your way around the floating city of Columbia, you're going to want to add a few extra months to that timetable. 2K and Irrational Games announced this morning that BioShock Infinite won't be hitting that original release date, nor any date inside of 2012. Instead, it's been pushed to February 26, 2013.

The reason for the delay? Opportunities, of course. In this case, Levine was quoted in an official statement as having "uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary." What, exactly, those opportunities are, we do not know. But they apparently were big enough that they required skipping both E3 and Gamescom this year. Levine said in a separate statement that the game won't be making appearances at either show.

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.

While this is likely encouraging news to pretty much every other game publisher who had any interest in winning an E3 or Gamescom award this year, it's not so great for everyone who actually wanted to play BioShock Infinite this year. To those who did, perhaps take some solace in the fact that opportunities for extraordinary...erm, stuff of some kind are being explored. And that stuff will probably be great. But not until February. And not at E3. Or Gamescom.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2129 posts) -
Oh, god, don't cry Elizabeth. It's only a four month delay. Seriously, I can't deal with those giant sobbing doll eyes of yours.

If you were one of the many people gleefully looking forward to BioShock Infinite's announced October release date, marking off the days from now until the time which you'd be able to sky-hook your way around the floating city of Columbia, you're going to want to add a few extra months to that timetable. 2K and Irrational Games announced this morning that BioShock Infinite won't be hitting that original release date, nor any date inside of 2012. Instead, it's been pushed to February 26, 2013.

The reason for the delay? Opportunities, of course. In this case, Levine was quoted in an official statement as having "uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary." What, exactly, those opportunities are, we do not know. But they apparently were big enough that they required skipping both E3 and Gamescom this year. Levine said in a separate statement that the game won't be making appearances at either show.

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.

While this is likely encouraging news to pretty much every other game publisher who had any interest in winning an E3 or Gamescom award this year, it's not so great for everyone who actually wanted to play BioShock Infinite this year. To those who did, perhaps take some solace in the fact that opportunities for extraordinary...erm, stuff of some kind are being explored. And that stuff will probably be great. But not until February. And not at E3. Or Gamescom.

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#2 Edited by Cloneslayer (1627 posts) -

noooooooooo, what else is coming this fall?

#3 Posted by mustachioeugene (510 posts) -

Damn it.

#4 Posted by kennybaese (664 posts) -

Well shit...

Oh well.

#5 Edited by therealminime (234 posts) -

I'm okay with this, October and November were crazy busy already and I would much rather Irrational take it's sweet time making this game even better and than put it out in February, when it's all nice and quite.

#6 Posted by Crixaliz (782 posts) -

WTF!!!

The one game I was genuinely looking forward to this year!

#7 Posted by JacobBrodersen (321 posts) -

Damn! My most-looked-forward-to game of 2012... Hopefully they use the time well!

#8 Posted by TheKing (834 posts) -

Ugh, that stinks.

#9 Posted by Corvak (1069 posts) -

I wanted this, but my wallet is thankful that the pain will be spread out a bit more this fall.

#10 Posted by RockAction (377 posts) -

GTAV late 2012 confirmed

#11 Posted by Winternet (8018 posts) -

GTA V October 2012 here we go!

#12 Posted by MartinG (159 posts) -

Aaaw! That's not awesome :/

#13 Posted by White (1347 posts) -

This was incredibly weird cause I went into the Bioshock Infinite page, saw the release date of 2013 and went "Wait. Did they push that back? Wtf was I doing when they announced this?!"

And then this story came out and all was clear.

#14 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5424 posts) -

I'm kind of happy about it.

As long as a bunch of other stuff doesn't get delayed to February as well.

#15 Posted by rjayb89 (7721 posts) -

But Elizabeth has really great "F Me" eyes.

#16 Posted by Pr1mus (3904 posts) -

Maybe Take 2 is ready to officially announce GTA 5 for october and gracefully pushed Bioshock back some to not butcher their own sales.

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#17 Posted by klimdeeni (141 posts) -

so we've widdled down holiday releases to borderlands 2, assassins creed 3, COD BO2, and a shitty new Nintendo system? I thought 2012 was going to be crazy awesome for games :/

#18 Posted by TurboMan (7538 posts) -
#19 Posted by Gunslinger0130 (224 posts) -

Good for them, would rather dev's spent more time perfecting their games instead of just pooping sequels out each year.

#20 Posted by laserbolts (5321 posts) -

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well this sucks because I can't wait for this game but if the little bit of a delay makes it a better game I can wait.

#21 Posted by UberExplodey (941 posts) -

GOOD.

#22 Posted by Centimani (550 posts) -

GREAT, now I have to go my whole day thinking about this. AWESOME.

#23 Posted by probablytuna (3654 posts) -

Now my expectations of the game are even higher. Hopes these uncovered "opportunities" work out.

#24 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Fuck yes if this means GTA V this year

#25 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

No, I didn't! (:

#26 Posted by Zaxex (586 posts) -

Good news for me. It's refreshing to hear publishers and developers decide to delay a game that you know will see the light of day. As with Gears of War 3 I was happier knowing that they worked on the game for several more months.

I can wait for Bioshock Infinite, though it seems like the most interesting game on the horizon there are other games to play in the mean time.

#27 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1684 posts) -

Bummer. Well, whatever it takes for Irrational to make the best game they can. More power to 'em.

#28 Posted by Arker101 (1474 posts) -

Man, I was looking forward to that. Shit. I hope everything's going well with their dev cycle.

#29 Posted by sub_o (899 posts) -

Still earlier than Final Fantasy Versus 13.

#30 Edited by RoyCampbell (1096 posts) -

"Instead of single choice pre-order bonuses, we will allow our consumers- I mean fans, to choose from several different pre-order bonuses from a single retailer. Needless to say, it'll be worth the wait."

#31 Posted by captainslender (54 posts) -

Bah.

#32 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I actually didn't so I'm fine with this.

#33 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

This is great news for me. Borderlands 2 will take up 99% of my gaming time for months after it comes out. This way I can actually dig in to Infinite.

#34 Posted by darkjester74 (1576 posts) -

That's fine, plenty of other stuff to play as it is. I say let Ken and his team make the best game they can.

#35 Posted by SeaMoose (41 posts) -

Take as much time as you need Levine. Well.. within reason.

#36 Posted by StriderNo9 (1090 posts) -

I'm okay with waiting, I want this game more than anything else right now but in Ken I trust.

#37 Posted by EtanLawok (2 posts) -

:(

#38 Posted by drummand (29 posts) -

I'm kinda glad too. There's too much stuff coming out this fall ... and February is usually pretty slow. If it actually ends up being a better game for it, that'd be a fine bonus.

#39 Posted by poheroe (154 posts) -

ooohhhh crap!

#40 Posted by BrianP (457 posts) -

Launch title for new systems?

#41 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Bioshock ushered these consoles in with greatness, hopefully it will usher them out with it too.

#42 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

Okay, wait. Reading that statement by Levine about how they found a new thing to make BioShock Infinite even better makes me feel way better about this delay.

I think he might have played Fez, you guys.

#43 Posted by chilibean_3 (1639 posts) -

I don't mind them skipping out on events or pushing the game back to improve it but it's still a huge bummer. I'm not sure what other big games are coming out this year that I'm looking forward to anymore. Can't think of one right now.

#44 Edited by louiedog (2335 posts) -

Now how am I supposed to answer those recurring polls about what everyone's most anticipated games of the remainder of 2012 is?

I'm always disappointed, but glad when games like this get delayed. When a franchise or developer is linked with quality I will happily wait for them to make the best game that they can. I'd rather play an incredible game in February than a game that needs some work this fall.

#45 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5144 posts) -

Fuck everything about this.

#46 Posted by Rodiard (439 posts) -

This seems like a good thing. The Fall / Holiday release window is always way too crowded with big releases.

#47 Posted by PerfidiousSinn (748 posts) -

Great, this gives people more time to realize how sexist Elizabeth's character design is.

#48 Posted by Scodiac (470 posts) -

Ahhhg. This was one of my most anticipated games this year. The world they're building is much more interesting to me than anything else I've seen in development recently. I guess the extra time will only benefit the final product but the wait kind of sucks.

#49 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

@PerfidiousSinn said:

Great, this gives people more time to realize how sexist Elizabeth's character design is.

Them women can't wear corsets!

#50 Posted by Scarlet_Rogue (500 posts) -

Really excited to see what's coming out of this.

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