A Message From Ken Levine

by IG.Ken on May 9 2012

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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.

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.

Update: BioShock Infinite will be released on March 26, 2013.

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  • chrislacio | May 11, 2012 12:06 pm

    Bummer! But I’ll still be here when you’re ready. Still excited!

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  • russellgorall2 | May 12, 2012 1:25 am

    Just don’t move it again. Not sure if this is about GTA5 or what, but keep that date. Cheers.

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  • maximus | May 12, 2012 10:24 am

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    game will be even better

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  • rookie371 | May 12, 2012 12:26 pm

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    Well I hope the game turns out even better than how it already is. I was a bit disappointed, but I guess I could wait. Keep at it Irrational!!

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  • dantevescio | May 12, 2012 7:09 pm

    Well, can’t say I’m not a little bit frustrated. I mean, for those of us aware of the project since it was first announced (2010, am I right?), the wait has been excruciating. On the other hand, Bioshock is the single greatest gaming experience of my life. Never seen anything like it, ever. So, if Ken and everybody at Irrational need a couple more months, we’ll be more than happy to wait. But be warned: we expect nothing less than the greatest game ever made. Deal? ;)

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  • danton | May 12, 2012 7:23 pm

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    (accidentally logged through facebook, this is the real me!)

    Well, can’t say I’m not a little bit frustrated. I mean, for those of us aware of the project since it was first announced (2010, am I right?), the wait has been excruciating. On the other hand, Bioshock is the single greatest gaming experience of my life. Never seen anything like it, ever. So, if Ken and everybody at Irrational need a couple more months, we’ll be more than happy to wait. But be warned: we expect nothing less than the greatest game ever made. Deal?

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  • deaddoucher | May 12, 2012 9:15 pm

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    Poop :(

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  • alexstarkiller | May 13, 2012 3:37 am

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    Well, like many others, I cannot say I wasn’t saddened a bit by this announcement. But, I pre-ordered the game for a reason: I know it will be simply amazing.
    And now that I know you guys are going to take the time and perfect the game, I’m very impressed. I’m also in the “better to take your time than send out a rushed game” party. I’ve run into too many games that were rushed, and I’m pleased to see Infinite won’t be.
    I may have to wait four months longer, but from the looks of things, it will be more than worth it.

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  • mallin | May 14, 2012 2:32 pm

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    The game I am most looking forward to is coming out on my BIRTHDAY!!!! That is awesome, I hope that you don’t get to many complaints, I know I would much rather have it done right, than done sooner.

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  • hunterdavidross | May 14, 2012 4:24 pm

    My heart sank a little… but I’m all for improving the game! God’s speed, Ken!

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  • insectswarm | May 20, 2012 1:56 pm

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    BLAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!

    Ok. I can wait.

    The world better not freakin end or i will haunt you Ken.

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  • bobogoldman | May 22, 2012 8:09 pm

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    I LOVE RUMORS! THEY SAID THAT GTA 5 IS COMING OUT IN FALL…..CONCIDENCE? —- WHY ALL THE DELAYS? IS WAS SUPPOSED TO COME OUT IN FEB 12′, THEN AUG…THEN OCT…NOW NEXT YEAR…

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    • japester | May 23, 2012 11:22 am

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      Hey now. Didn’t you see my reply the last time you asked about those bogus release dates?
      ;-)
      You can’t listen to Gamestop when it comes to release dates. They were throwing dates out at random just to entice people into putting $5 down on a preorder. They didn’t have a clue. The REALITY is that Irrational Games said “2012″. And in March they finally gave an exact date of October 16th. That was the one and only legitimate launch date. And now it’s been pushed back–ONCE–to February 26th. Yes, it was delayed. But only once. Those other dates were fiction cooked up by the retailers. AND KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE! GI JOOOOOOOOOE!

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  • switching | May 23, 2012 9:15 pm

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    I gotta tell ya, if this is for multiplayer (which I doubt, because you guys are too classy for that), I will be rather upset.

    Bioshock doesn’t need multiplayer.

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  • sovietprince | May 26, 2012 1:57 am

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    I am the opposite, this better be for mult it seems like I waited enough for this game,

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  • jrchapman | May 27, 2012 9:19 pm

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    I for one say thank-you, to many studios these day are rushing to get their properties out, usually resulting in game glitches, clogged servers and other crazy things. Being a long time fan myself, i appreciate your dedication a honesty with us and i look forward to the game when it is ready.

    Cheers!

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  • xxsn1p3dxx | May 28, 2012 4:39 am

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    The only positive thing about the release date being moved to February is that it’s one month from my birthday, and if you guys are done adding the finishing touches before February, then the sooner you release Infinite the better that I get to enjoy it! :P

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  • voxoneser12 | June 11, 2012 6:54 am

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    im definetly excited for the epicness when it comes out

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  • tylerlangford | June 12, 2012 4:17 pm

    that makes me very mad, because i have been waiting so long for this game to come out, and my birthday is on october 28th so i was definetly expecting the game in october, is there any way to make it alot earlier so im not as bummed, ever since i beat the 2nd i was so excited to see what is on this new game of bioshock, my favorite game series of all. :(

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  • lawrencedenwurd | June 12, 2012 5:50 pm

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    Im actually happy they moved it. going with what everyone else said it will be a better game and wont be rushed which hopefully means less to NO bugs in it. and like Ken said its a new type of FPS and looks amazing. keep up the good work Ken!

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  • deadman321 | June 23, 2012 11:02 am

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    Can’t wait for the game to come out, kind of sucks that it’ll be delayed but I guess the wait will be worth it!
    You guys are doing an awesome job on the game and I really can’t wait to play it. By the way, will there be Multiplayer? I hope not because the first Bioshock didn’t have Multiplayer and it was awesome, the second one had and it wasn’t as good, I guess because you guys had to focus both on Singleplayer and Multiplayer. I hope there won’t be Multiplayer in Infinite so you guys can really focus on the Singleplayer campaign and make it the best game of 2012.

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