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Bioshock Infinite Delayed Until February 2013

Ashley Chittock May 9, 2012 News, PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 23 Comments

The deluge of AAA titles coming later this year just got a little less crazy. Ken Levine broke the news today that Bioshock Infinite would not only be absent from E3 and Gamescom, but wouldn’t be released until at least February 26, 2013. He hinted that this is the start of a lengthy information blackout regarding the game, which leads me to suspect they’re making some rather large changes late in its development cycle.

“When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing. Since then, we’ve uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need to deliver the best Infinite possible, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February”, said Levine, creative director at Irrational Games.

Whilst it’s a sad plot twist in the making of a game that was already shaping up to be one of 2012′s biggest and best releases, it’s clearly a decision they have come to after some tough consideration. It may be a little while before we reap the rewards of this delay, but as long as they deliver on their promise and make Infinite a bigger and better release than we have already seen it will all be worth it in the end.

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  • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

    In other news: Mass Effect 3 officially wins Game of the Year 2012!

    • http://twitter.com/Ashleychittock Ashley Chittock

      I wouldn’t speak too soon. Ass Creed 3, GTA5 and Resident Evil 6 will definitely want a word with you come winter…

      • http://twitter.com/nkummert Nick Kummert

        I hear you about RE6, but I would be legitimately surprised if GTA5 ships this year.

        • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

          There’s no way GTAV ships this year. No way.
          And as for RE6, I don’t believe it will reach the levels of critical acclaim that RE4 did. I have no grounds for that, just my gut.
          AC3… maybe. We’ll see.
          Also, The Witcher 2 and Saint Row The Third: Enter The Dominatrix.

          • Allen_K

            You’re forgetting Law & Order: Legacies. 

          • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

            Damn. How do I keep forgetting that?

          • Allen_K

            Don’t worry, I won’t let you :)

          • Allen_K
          • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

            Well those people are wrong.

          • Allen_K

            :’(

          • SMKieffer

            That… actually makes a lot of sense too. Since Infinite and GTA V are both from Take-Two.

            If they wanted to launch GTA V they would HAVE to move Infinite to another launch window, it would be complete idiocy to launch their 2 largest franchises in the same month and steal sales from themselves.

            But I still see GTA V as late spring 2013. It’s becoming a Rockstar tradition
            GTA IV – 2008
            Red Dead – 2010
            LA Noire – 2011
            Max Payne 3 – 2012
            (GTA V) – 2013

            Someone help me out with 2009… did Gay Tony come out that spring? That might have been a big enough release for them (it was certainly awesome, imo).

  • Allen_K

    UGH!! Allen is NOT happy!! I’m going to go cry now. 

    • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

      I laugh at your tears because I care nothing for this game!
      Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh.

      • Allen_K

        You, kind sir, are a meanie. 

  • http://www.darkstation.com Joel Szerlip

    I think this is great news. Means a better final product and time to play more of the holiday games! ME3 GOTY ahhh Jonathan you make me laugh. I hope your wrong on that one.

    • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

      What else is coming out to contend with it now?
      By the by, did you ever finish that?

      • http://twitter.com/nkummert Nick Kummert

        Diablo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3 will be the two other “3″ games that will be serious GOTY contenders for some. I could see Max Payne 3 being a real underdog too.

        • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

          I somehow totally forgot about D3… I think my gamer-card just got revoked.

      • http://www.darkstation.com Joel Szerlip

         Ummmm…… No…. :-(

        I just don’t have the patience for these games. I want to. I just don’t.

  • http://twitter.com/nkummert Nick Kummert

    This basically gives Assassin’s Creed III free reign of October sales, and the majority mindshare going into GOY season. Interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/SpectralHunt Jonathan Miley

      This also means that GTAV and BSI will prolly ship the same year. That will be an interesting face-off.

      • SMKieffer

        Considering those are published by the same company, I don’t think it’s going to be a face-off. Take-Two has been VERY smart with their releases & release windows over the last couple years, which is why they have grown and developed so many popular brands.

        This is a calculated decision by Irrational and Take-Two, and I expect it will pay off in the end.

        GTA V will probably be looking at an April or May release date, like GTA IV, Red Dead and LA Noire. Continuing that late-spring period being slotted for Rockstar games. BioShock Infinite is looking at the release window where we saw ME3 this year, and the 2-3 months should be enough breathing room. Especially considering Infinite will likely be a shorter game (15-30 hours) than GTA V, so we should be fairly done with it by then.

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