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Digital Extremes to handle BioShock 2 multiplayer

Submitted by on Sunday, 10 May 20093 Comments

Bioshock 2There’s just no pleasing some people.

Trying to find fault in the sublime, there were numerous detractors of the first BioShock game that quoted its lack of multiplayer as a slant against the title.

And, sure enough, now that the sequel is on its way and actually contains a multiplayer mode, there are similar voices of discontent clamouring around the internet claiming BioShock doesn’t need multiplayer and how this decision will undoubtedly diminish the single player experience.

With news now hitting that Digital Extremes will single-handedly create the online element of the game, maybe the negative chatter will dissipate as 2K Marin focus on what they know best while we also get what is shaping up to be a stellar early glimpse of the BioShock universe from an unlikely source.

Rather than just offer up some maps of popular locations featured in the game for people to run about hunting each other in; this is BioShock – things will always be taken to the next level. Perceived as a glimpse of the events during Rapture’s fall, BioShock 2’s multiplayer allows players to take on the role of a Sinclair Solutions’ Plasmid test subject and immerse themselves in the sub-aquatic world using all of the tools available to survive an environment we’ve only seen a fraction of until now. Expect to experience locations such as Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites as you’ve never seen them before, areas that thrived before the fall and have now been rebuilt from the ground up to offer players fast paced multiplayer action.

BioShock 2’s multiplayer experience will also present hundreds of weapons, Plasmids and Tonics available as players mix and match items earned through experience points to customise their character to the nth degree.

We’re pleased to hear that 2K Marin will concentrate on the single-player campaign while Digital Extremes focus on an area they are literally experts in the field in. After all, their pedigree in online games is second to none, especially when their involvement in the creation of Unreal with Epic Games is taken into account. It’s also not the first time they’ll be diving to the mysterious world of Rapture as they worked extensively on the PS3 version of the first game.

There is still the worrying trend of studios feeling the need to bundle everything under the sun into their games before it is deemed “complete”. With Uncharted 2 also now bolstered with an extensive multiplayer element, we’re hoping we don’t see great story-driven games suffer from trying to tick all the boxes available and end up missing their most prevalent one: that of creating an exciting single-player experience.

We love multiplayer and some games absolutely must feature it if they’re to survive in this competitive market. That’s not to say all games must feature it though. Sometimes it’s just great to play by yourself.