Bioshock Heading to PS Vita With a “Possible” 2012 Release Date

If you are a Bioshock series fan, you may have heard that a new Bioshock game is being developed for the PS Vita that aims to be an entire new story in the franchise. However, the actual release date is still up in the air and the details regarding what to expect from the title have been murky.

A couple months back, it didn’t look good for the title’s development. According to 1up, the game was early in development and the studio developing it was considering to have it developed externally by another studio.

“Development on the Vita game hasn’t progressed far, and it’s not a guarantee that Irrational will even develop the entire game internally,” according to 1up.

The game was originally announced at E3 2011. Kevin Levine, co-founder of Irrational, had this to say regarding the stage of design the team was at in October:

“We’re still sort of in the paper design stage… I think for us, the idea we have is a really good expression on a platform like that [Vita]. It’s a different goal. And it has to sort of have its own voice in the franchise. If it just feels like a quieter voice in the franchise, I don’t think that works. For us.”

It appears that the actual release date may be a lot further off than anticipated, however, the title is still being reported to be on schedule for 2012. On IGN’s release schedule, for instance, it is listed as TBA 2012.

Whether it will squeeze it way into a late 2012 launch remains to be seen; but imagine having a full-on Bioshock experience on a dual-analog handheld: a dream come true for first-person shooter fans.