Ken Levine breaks BioShock Infinite’s delay softly

Posted on May 9, 2012 - 2:00pm by Sean Hinz

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. 

"A Message From Ken Levine

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."

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