BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics style RPG
posted on 07.07.14 at 11:16 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"Wish I could do it myself," creative director says.

BioShock Vita

BioShock creative director Ken Levine has opened up on the once planned PS Vita entry in the series, which never began development.

“On the Vita game: 2K and Sony couldn’t put a deal together when I last checked,” Levine said. “They seemed way more optimistic about this back in 2011.”

He added, “Wish I could do it myself, but lawyers and all that. I still love my Vita.”

As for what he wanted to make, Levine said, “I was thinking a Final Fantasy Tactics style thing set in pre-fall Rapture.”

He continued, “Something that would work well on the Vita and not be a compromise in any way. Also, as some know, I’m a turn based whore.”

While BioShock may never come to PS Vita in its own exclusive form, there’s always the possibility of playing a BioShock Infinite PlayStation 4 remaster via PS Vita remote play. At least, that’s what Levine is hoping. But of course, it’s “not [his] decision.”

Thanks, IGN.

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  • Chaos King

    Turn based Bioshock game sounds interesting to me.

  • Six

    I would have bought the everloving fuck out of that.

  • Skerj

    What the hell!? That sounds way better than what we got with the other Bioshocks. Why Sony, why!? I would Kickstart this in a nanosecond, just give it a hex grid or anything other than squares. ..or better yet, like Valkyria.

    • Six

      Sony was too busy securing a Vita port of Epic Mickey 2.

      • Comandante Bushido


    • VaultBreaker

      I don’t see how it would be better than other bioshocks,it is subjective really.Personally I think the greatest strenghs of bioshock are in it’s universe,character,philosophy and the plot(That’s why I prefer original Bioshock).Sometimes I wonder if they have fps gameplay in it just for the sake of being a videogame.Most of them has solid gameplay nevertheless so I don’t mind.

    • 罪罰

      why Sony?
      well, sales.

  • Sal Romano

    It’s weird. I can’t imagine it’d be too difficult or expensive. Get a small, but well respected developer on it, put Levine in charge of the creative direction, and boom. I’m sure you can make this on a non-hefty budget.

    Sony’s Third-Party Production team should get on this.

    • Franggio Hogland

      Yes please….reading this is like salting my wound and spitting fire on it….

  • NeoTechni

    I wasn’t interested before but I too am a turn based whore

  • Solomon_Kano

    Well, fuck.

  • Aiddon

    well, that would have been an interesting idea for a spinoff. 2K (and Western pubs in general) doesn’t seem to really care for handheld gaming. The games made are either non-existent or they suck.

  • 武神水樹

    This doesn’t make sense, Hirai was making it sound like Levine was the one responsible

    Guess that Twitter account is bs

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    >a Final Fantasy Tactics style thing set in pre-fall Rapture.”
    More missed potential

  • OverlordZetta

    The fact it took this long for a simple “by the way it wouldn’t have played anything like Bioshock whatsoever” is a bit disheartening, but now I no longer have to feel like we missed out on anything at least.

  • Elvick

    So wait, it wouldn’t have even been a Killzone: Mercenary level FPS?

    So… it’d be a cheaper side game… yet they couldn’t make it? Um… wat.

    There’s really no reason why this didn’t happen now.

    A Bioshock like Valkyria Chronicles would be amazeballs.

  • Warboss Aohd

    – Well Established Franchise
    – On The Vita, which desperatly needs Games.
    – Ken Levine
    – Wouldn’t have required the largest budget in the world.


    this was EXACTLY what the Vita needed!

    • Anime10121

      Long answer, because Vita sells like crap in the west and neither EA, nor Sony support the thing in the west with ip exclusively made in the west for it.

      Sure its a chicken/egg scenario where Vita couldnt sell well because it lacked games, and because it lacked games, it couldnt sell well, but thats the basic gist of the reason why it didnt succeed in the west :(

      Short answer, because Vita sells like crap anywhere except Japan.

      Shorter answer, NO GTA, MGS, FF, KH, FOR U VITA :(

      oh well, still love mines and as long as it continues to get localizations…

      • small44

        Vita is doing awful in West because of lack of Third party support look at how Vita sale improved when 3rd party there start to support it a bit,i said a bit because we still haven’t a exclusive Final Fantasy games,Kingdoms Heart,Metal Gear Solid like PSP get.

        • Anime10121

          It is getting third party support, just mostly niche third party support. We wont see any of the “big” franchises hit unless the thing starts selling at the very least, what the PSP was doing when it was flourishing in the west. Heck at this point, the Dreamcast was a far more successful console than Vita sales wise, as it had done in 2 years what the Vita had done in 3.

          I love the console, but support for the thing in the west is basically done (outside of indie support and localizations). Its a companion device to the PS4, thats all Sony NA sees it as…

          It may just be me being extremely pessimistic (and hopefully I am wrong about this), but I think the recent “sell outs” the system has been experiencing are more do to stores finally selling out the stock they’ve had in warehouses, as few places in my city even stock the thing new anymore, and havent for almost a year…

          • small44

            Do you think people are stupid to buy a console for 2 exclusive third party games or for a few of late port.PSP always had a better support then Vita.PSP got it first GTA game in the first week if Vita got a GTA in it first week sale would be a lot better.

            • Anime10121

              Wait… wut? That reply doesn’t really make sense in response to what i said :/

              • small44

                You want people buy a console even if they don’t like the games on Vita,most popular already bough games Like Borderland 2 they will not buy a games two time.When third party will support Vita well people will buy it.Why Vita isn’t getting yearly Call of duty game and Wii u yes when Wii U is doing as terrible sales as Vita.

                • Anime10121

                  I never suggested people should buy Vita, don’t even know how you interpreted that :/

                  All I said was I’m happy with mine and that the system has no western support, nor will it see big franchises because it’s sales are horrible everywhere that’s not Japan (and even there it’s not doing THAT well)…

                  It doesn’t seem like English is your first language but I humbly recommend your re-read what I wrote…

                  • small44

                    I never said you suggested people to buy Vita you said 3rd party won’t support Vita because is sell bad and i just said the reason why people don’t buy a Vita it’s because 3rd party support is awful.
                    Vita sold bad in Japan in the first year because support look now how it’s doing respectable sale when 3rd party start to support it a little more,if they release big games like Final Fantasy Vita would make amazing sale.

  • pekot

    .anything like Final Fantasy Tactics would make buy another vita

  • shogunknight

    Damn, would have been awesome……sniff

  • Akari Akaza

    Oh well! I rather JRPG’s…..o(^-^)o

    • Warboss Aohd

      This was going to be styled AFTER a JRPG!

  • jujubee88

    Save it for the PS VITA 2.