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Bioshock 2 Expands to Fourth Development Studio

Rapture ain't what it used to be, folks. It seems Andrew Ryan's underwater utopia has sprung a few leaks in its last couple years of disuse. This week, Take-Two announced that Arkane Studios (Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic) will be joining 2K Marin, 2K Australia, and Digital Extremes (Dark Sector, Unreal Tournament 2004) in getting the sequel into stores before the end of the year. 2K Australia co-developed the original Bioshock alongside 2K Boston, so a multi-studio arrangement isn't new for the series. Meanwhile, 2K Marin handled the PS3 port, so they are presumably doing the same for the sequel. According to Alyssa Finley, producer at 2K Marin, "we've been working closely with...Digital Extremes for our robust multiplayer experience." So that just leaves Arkane Studios. "Under the direction and leadership of 2K Marin, Arkane is assisting in the creation of levels that embody the aesthetic and gameplay ideals that make BioShock such a unique and exciting experience," says Finley. What do you think? With all these developers, will Bioshock 2 be able to preserve the original's seamlessness and authenticity? There is that saying about too many cooks in the kitchen. Read More