BioShock Vita is new game, 'its own thing'

Series mastermind Ken Levine has revealed that the mysterious new BioShock game coming to Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld is a new game, not a port, and something of a "weird experiment."

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The mysterious new BioShock game announced for PlayStation Vita during E3 is a new game rather than a port, series mastermind Ken Levine has told IGN.

"That's a new game. That is going to be strange and surprising to people, in the same way," Levine explained. "I think when we launched Infinite, people said, "Wait, what, what are you doing?" I think we always want to surprise people. If I'm just saying, 'Here's BioShock 1 on Vita'... Let's say we potentially do, you don't need us to do that, somebody could make that happen if they wanted that to happen."

"For us, it's like, 'Hey, here's this weird experiment you want to do.' Experiments always carry risks, though. That's been the experience of working on BioShock Infinite. And working on BioShock. People saying, 'This is weird, risky, I don't understand.' I'm fortunate that I get to do things that are risky, my team gets to do things that are risky. "

Asked whether the Vita game was a tie-in with the upcoming Infinite, Levine replied, "All I'll say is that it's its own thing, being built from the ground up, yes."

And that's all we know for now, gang.

The Vita handheld, formerly codenamed the NGP, is due to launch in the US at the end of this year, priced at $249.99. Sony has stated that it won't necessarily launch worldwide simultaneously, and unconfirmed reports say it might be released in early 2012 in some regions, including the UK.

For more on the games coming to Vita, check out our software lineup list, correct as of the end of E3 in June.

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    July 12, 2011 7:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, BioShock Vita is new game, 'its own thing'.

    Series mastermind Ken Levine has revealed that the mysterious new BioShock game coming to Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld is a new game, not a port, and something of a "weird experiment."

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      July 12, 2011 8:25 AM

      finally, a vita game im interested in

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        July 12, 2011 9:58 AM

        You aren't even remotely interested in Uncharted: The Golden Abyss?

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          July 12, 2011 6:03 PM

          call me weird, just never been a big uncharted fan.

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            July 13, 2011 5:22 PM

            You are weird.

            You told me too! I'm pretty excited for Uncharted, but I'm not sure if I'll get a Vita just for it. Maybe wait awhile and get a used one eventually.

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      July 12, 2011 9:48 AM

      Bah, 2012 release for the UK. This is the first handheld I've been interested in for a long while.