Earlier today, 2K announced the founding of a new studio, Cloud Chamber, set to lead development on the next BioShock game. However, it seems that this new game has been in development for several years.
The announcement came on Twitter linking to a press release, with Cloud Chamber residing in San Francisco and Montreal,
“As we continue growing our product portfolio, we remain inspired by opportunities to invest further in our valuable IP, great people and their collective, long-term potential,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K. “BioShock is one of the most beloved, critically praised and highest-rated franchises of the last console generation*. We can’t wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge.”
However, it looks like this game has been in the works already, according to Kotaku sources. Jason Schreier reports,
“The truth is that BioShock 4, code-named Parkside, has existed for years, according to four people familiar with the project. Long before today’s announcement that a new company called Cloud Chamber will develop the next BioShock, 2K had contracted an outside studio to do it. In 2015, Parkside was entering development at Certain Affinity, the Austin, Texas-based studio best known for helping out on huge shooters like Halo and Call of Duty.”
If this is indeed the case, we may not have to wait too long for our next adventure into the BioShock universe.