BioShock Infinite delayed until 2013 [Updated 09/05]
2K Games has announced that BioShock Infiite will miss its scheduled October release to instead hit stores on 26 February 2013. This unfortunately is a big blow for Stefhutch20, Majiesto and myself, because we all included Infinite in our hottest PS3 games of 2012 list. That’ll teach us not to learn lessons from previous BioShock delays.
It’s also been confirmed that Infinite won’t feature at E3 or Gamescom, so we’ll need to wait a little while before we get our next glimpse of the game.
Ken Levine, co-founder and creative director at Irrational Games, said the game has been delayed so they can turn it into “something even more extraordinary”:
“When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing.
Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.
I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.
The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.
What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”
We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box. Preparing for these events takes time away from development, time we’re going to use instead to get the best version of Infinite into your hands in February.”
Yet, with every blow comes an opportunity. Borderlands 2 is due out on 21 September, and not having Infinite launch within a month should make it easier for 2K to give it a proper push. E3 is also very soon; maybe the publisher Take-Two has other plans.