Have you heard the one about BioShock 2?
You know: "How many devs does it take to screw up a BioShock
sequel?" We haven't come up with the punch line yet, but 2K Games seems to be increasing the odds of something
going wrong for BioShock 2
by adding a fourth studio to the
of developers. Lyon-based Arkane Studios joins lead developer 2K Marin (in California), its collaborator 2K Australia (we repeat: Australia), and multiplayer specialist
Digital Extremes (headquartered in Ontario) in a cast that's starting to look like a "We Are the World" tribute to the late Mr. Jackson. We know, we know: outsourcing
and globalization are just signs of business as usual these days, but when you've got this many cooks in the kitchen, development could easily flip a wrong page to the recipe for disaster
"Arkane is assisting in the creation of levels that embody the aesthetic and gameplay ideals that make BioShock
such a unique and exciting experience," 2K Marin's Alyssa Finley explained, according to Develop
. Oh, well, that's a relief.
And here we were worried the plan was to recycle unused assets
from the first game.