Take-Two: Ken Levine Will Be Involved In 'BioShock 2,' Despite Developer Switch

bigdaddy.jpgToday in a conference call held by the Take-Two Interactive to discuss financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the company revealed that "BioShock 2" will be released in 2009, courtesy of a team that's not quite the one that made the first "BioShock."

Ken Levine, lead creator of the original will have a hand in 2009's "BioShock 2." Primary development of the game, however, won't be done by Levine's team at 2K Boston, but by the newly formed 2K Marin.

"Ken is a terrific asset in the company," CEO Ben Feder stated. "He's a brilliant game developer. We're really excited to have him. He will be working on 'BioShock 2' and he will be working on a new IP. A lot of the work will be done at 2K Marin, but that's not to say that Ken is not involved. We think he's critical to 'BioShock' and he's critical to new IP in the company."

On 2K Boston and 2K Australia, the studios behind the first game: "They're working on another game."

Other news from Take-Two's earnings call, including bits about Rockstar and the EA buy-out attempt follow...

Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick reiterated that EA's proposal "undervalues the company" and "wasn't in the best interest" of Take-Two's stockholders.

Zelnick explained that the company was willing to talk to EA after the release of "Grand Theft Auto IV" on April 29, but EA refused to comply and went public with the offer last month. Other than that, no new information was given.

However, there was information offered on some upcoming titles from Take-Two:

  • A question was asked about Rockstar's pipeline. With two titles out this year, one being "GTA IV," we can expect "at least one major triple-A title sequel coming out of Rockstar in 2009."

  • Other titles for Fiscal 2009 include, "Borderlands," "Mafia 2," "GTA IV" episodic content for the Xbox 360, several Nick Jr. titles and recurring sports titles.

  • Key titles in the 3rd quarter of 2008: "Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution," "Top Spin 3," "Don King Presents: Prizefighter" and "Carnival Games" on the DS.

  • Key titles in the 4th quarter of 2008: "Midnight Club: Los Angeles," "NBA 2K9," "NHL 2K9," "Carnival Games: Mini-Golf" for the Wii and "GTA IV" episodic content for the Xbox 360.