Ken Levine breaks BioShock Infinite’s delay softly
I had hoped that E3 would be my chance to see BioShock Infinite before release, but Ken Levine has dashed those dreams in one fell swoop today. In an open letter to the Internet, BioShock’s creator has relayed the all too common message that another video game has been delayed.
Infinite isn’t just any game though and maybe that is why it needs the extra time and attention to make it great. While moving the game from an October 2012 release to February 26, 2013 isn’t terrible, the fact that they will not attend E3 or Gamescom is disheartening. Still no one can say it better than the man himself, so here is that letter in its entirety.
When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing.
Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.
I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.
The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.
What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”
We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. 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.
As always, I am happy to help answer any questions you may have."
Keep in mind that 2 was made by 2K Marin.
"February 23,2013"?eeesh thats too long
i dont mind delays on a single player game, it's better to have a game come up all buggy and broken
tried for a couple minutes to find a subtle way to show my reaction to this news...... failed misserably, so here goes my original reaction, FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK
As long as its better than two. That's perfectly fine Ken take all the time you need.
I didn't feel Bioshock 2 was as good as the first (don't get me wrong, 2 was good) so I can wait a little longer for the third.
2013?? Noooo.. But I can wait.
Sad about no E3 presence, but its better to delay and polish it up then release it and have it not be as good.
Bioshock was a fun 8-10 hours but I cant see myself ever playing the series again.
As much as I hate delays, all this does is give them more time to make the game better.
I'm definitely confident that it'll be worth the wait,sure the reason is legit also
It's a good way of letting people down gently, whilst raising expectations. Still, I'm disappointed that there'll be no E3 presence. Even a trailer would have made me feel a little better.