A studio within 2K is allegedly working on a new BioShock game, according to a new report.
Kotaku‘s Jason Schreier’s report largely focuses on the making of Mafia 3 and the impact it had on developer Hangar 13, but in his reporting, Schreier discovered an unannounced project in the works at a neighboring, secret studio. Codenamed Parkside, this project is said to be the next BioShock, according to the report, and it sounds like it’s not only top-secret but also quite early in development.
“If anyone from Hangar 13 tried to strike up a conversation with [those at this studio], they’d say, ‘Oh, we can’t really talk about it,” one source told Kotaku. “It was all very tight-lipped.”
Another source said the studio is keeping the Parkside team small for now in order to avoid the the overstaffing that sometimes encumbers larger studios. Kotaku reports that many Hangar 13 employees tried to climb aboard Parkside in the wake of the studio’s decline, but most were unable to find a slot.
“The issue is that Parkside’s not ready for lots of people,” one source said. “They’re trying to be really smart about figuring out what the core thing is.”
In November 2015, Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, which owns 2K, said BioShock is “unquestionably a permanent franchise,” which led fans to believe the series would see another installment after BioShock Infinite.
Take-Two rekindled this idea in a fiscal report released in November 2017, which said “a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” would release by March 31, 2019. However, while this mystery title could very well be project Parkside, it could also be Borderlands 3, which is also in Take-Two’s wheelhouse and which developer Gearbox is almost certainly working on.
IGN has reached out to 2K for comment on the report and will update this story should they respond.
The franchise last resurfaced in 2016, with the release of BioShock: The Collection, a remastered compilation of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite.
Austin Wood is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.