Ken Levine Working on New Shooter
Recent vacancies seem to indicate that Bioshock developers 2K Boston have started work on a new game and according to Eurogamer the game is an unannounced shooter being headed up by Bioshock creator Ken Levine.
For a while now Levine has said his next project will be hugely ambitious with rumours of the game being a sequel to either X-Com or Swat 4. I’m not so bothered by Swat 4 I think that the tactical shooter genre has become over saturated in recent years I can’t see what a new entry to this series will bring to the genre but this is Levine so who knows what he can do to reinvigorate the genre.
Now a new X-Com game is something that I can get behind, if you’re too young to remember the X-Com games were a series of tactical adventures from the early 90’s which saw the player defending the Earth against invading aliens. For me the best thing about the games was the base building which saw you building bases around the world so you could respond quickly to the regular alien attacks. Once on the scene the game turned into a turn based shooter which saw you taking down the aliens on site before taking them back to base for research and interrogation. The games were incredibly deep and like the Civilisation series hours could be lost to base building and researching as much as you can. X-Com: Apocalypse in 1998 was my favorite but the quality started to drop off after that in X-Com Interceptor when they tried to change the game play style people quickly lost interest and then mixed reviews of the FPS X-Com: Enforcer killed the series entirely.
It’s a series that could do with a revival and whilst I’m a massive Bioshock fan, I only really got behind Levine after watching his keynote from PAX last year which I’ve embedded below, if you’ve never seen it check it out the guy really is one of us. Whatever the project turns out to be, I’m sure they’ll be a lot of people excited to see what he’s working on next.