It always starts with a lighthouse.
A recent leak of pictures led to a flurry of rumors regarding a new remastered collection of BioShock games. Today 2K officially announced BioShock: The Collection with a new trailer.
“It’s been nine years since Irrational Games and 2K took you on a terrifying journey to the depths of the underwater city of Rapture,” declares the press release. “Working with Blind Squirrel Games, we’ve remastered BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC making them look better than ever.”
Levels and models have been updated for 1080p. BioShock: The Collection also includes all the single-player DLC that was released for each game. It also includes a never-before-seen video series starring game director Ken Levine.
Here’s a breakdown of all that’s included.
- “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock” video series
- Museum of Orphaned Concepts
- Challenge Rooms DLC
- Minerva’s Den DLC
- Protector’s Trials DLC
- Burial at Sea – Episode 1 & 2 DLC
- Clash in the Clouds DLC
- Columbia’s Finest Pack DLC
Note that BioShock 2’s multiplayer will not be included. BioShock Infinite is also not getting the remastered treatment on PC. Per 2K: “it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.”
The press release on Steam adds that “if you already own BioShock, BioShock 2, and/or Minerva’s Den on Steam, you will be able to upgrade to the remastered versions for free after release.” This is similar to how Bethesda is handling the Skyrim remaster on PC.
The BioShock games are beloved by both fans and critics. They set a high bar for world-building and memorable stories. I would consider all three games to be must-plays – even the very underrated BioShock 2.
BioShock: The Collection will be available on September 13 in North America. It’s out September 15 in Australia and September 16 everywhere else. The bundle is priced at $59.99.