Is BioShock Infinite on its way to current-gen consoles? Over the weekend, South African retailer Raru let slip a listing that was not meant for our eyes: something called The Bioshock Collection for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
It had a November 27 pre-order date. The listing has been taken down, but you can see it through Google Cache.
No official collection has been announced, and 2K Games has yet to comment on the leak. There are three games in the BioShock series: BioShock (2005), BioShock 2 (2010), and BioShock Infinite (2013). None of them are available for current-gen consoles.
If it is true, it will be a little bittersweet. The developer of BioShock and BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games, was dissolved in 2014 after creative director Ken Levine moved on to other projects. However the publisher, 2K Games, is no stranger to porting games to newer consoles after going through the process with Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! this year.
That being said, it would still be nice to see The BioShock Infinite Collection on sale this holiday season. The original BioShock gave us iconic imagery, and a setting that seized players’ imaginations. BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite both tried to capture that feeling, with varying degrees of success.
In any case, the series has a long legacy and I’m happy to think that it could be somewhat preserved on this generation’s consoles. There’s an archiving problem in video games that has yet to be solved; games are so reliant on the technology they’re made for that it’s hard to keep experiencing them once that technology is obsolete.
The games of the BioShock series are rated M and revolve around literal and existential struggles, laced with first-person-shooter combat sequences. They’re available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC through retail or services like Steam.
What do you think? Will you be picking up the BioShock series if it comes to current-gen consoles? Let us know!