Bioshock Non-Exclusivity


Today, it’s well known that Bioshock, a spectacular single player shooter, is coming to the PS3

I just noticed an interesting old interview with 2K Game’s Ken Levine on the subject:

Then there is the lingering question of the rumored PS3 version of BioShock found in the PC code. Levine responds quite clearly, “I promise you, there is no secret plan about the PS3 that we’re keeping from people. There’s no PS3 development going on that we’re hiding. There’s lots of stuff that gets into game code, plans change over time and we got an exclusive deal with Microsoft … that’s not a Rosetta Stone discovery.”

Ken Levine’s was so emphatic that the game wasn’t going to the PS3. It’s surprising to read that now that the PS3 version is official. I’m guessing that Ken Levine was doing that for contractual reasons. I suspect that a stipulation of Microsoft’s exclusivity deal with 2K Games was that they were not allowed to hint or suggest of any possibility of a PS3 version to the public so that the gaming community would be completely sure that a PS3 version wouldn’t be coming during the peak times of attention.

In hindsight, I’d even go as far as to say his quote wasn’t altogether truthful. There was a “secret plan” on the PS3 version: I bet that Ken Levine either knew they would likely do a PS3 version in 2008 or that he would renegotiate that issue.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Mike on June 29th, 2008

    Considering that he isn’t even developing the sequel I wonder if control of the franchise is even in his hands at this point. You’re probably right about him having to downplay a potential PS3 version though. It has the “Only on Xbox 360 and Windows” logo. Exclusivity labels are pretty much meaningless these days if it isn’t a first party game.

  2. #2 by Segitz on June 29th, 2008 [ 1470 Points ]

    Yeah, that way, they didn’t pull a Virtua Fighter 5… When Sega announced (before the PS3 version hit), that a 360 version was in the works, they effectively slaughtered their PS3 sales…

    But when Bioshock PS3 hits, I hope, they don’t want anything near full price, because if so, the game will not sell, especially not when other heavy hitters are coming near it like Resistance 2 or Little Big Planet.

  3. #3 by Gary on June 29th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    I’ll be buying Bioshock as long as it isn’t a crappy port.

  4. #4 by Emrah on June 29th, 2008

    It is a bit too late for bioshock to sell well on PS3, and poor sales will result in future crappy ports, or no products at all. Bioshock on PS3 should not cost more than 35usd.

  5. #5 by Pc on June 29th, 2008 [ 1935 Points ]

    I’m actually excited about BS coming to the PS3 ! I just hope they don’t try and charge 59.99 for a game thats been out for soooo long.

  6. #6 by Gary on June 29th, 2008 [ 1780 Points ]

    Nice positive outlook you have there Emrah. :wink:

  7. #7 by Sporty on June 29th, 2008 [ 95 Points ]

    I’ll probably buy it.

    But I agree with Segitz. I think Virtua Fighter 5 and to a lesser extent UTIII cannibalized their own sales by announcing a port way too soon. Any potential buyers that were looking at the system for these games specifically knew they could wait for a probably better more polished version. By the time the games hit the other consoles hype and interest waned.

    Bioshock on PS3 will probably do decent, nothing stellar but one advantage of the year wait was UE3 isn’t crippled on PS3 anymore since UT3

  8. #8 by Lloyd Powell on June 29th, 2008

    Did he lie? If he knew the PS3 version was coming or even possible, then he was lying, flat out.

    However, it is possible at that point the PS3 version had not even been considered.

    Let’s not condemn the man as a liar without knowing all the facts first! As it is, we know not either way.

  9. #9 by Sporty on June 29th, 2008 [ 95 Points ]

    Probably right about that. I would imagine MS wouldn’t have put a “Only On 360″ on the cover if they knew a PS3 version was in the works.


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