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BioShock 3 Confirmed Despite Lack of BioShock 2 96

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The opposable thumbs blog is reporting that despite a lack of BioShock 2, a third installment of the BioShock universe has been confirmed. "Take Two's Chairman Strauss Zelnick let the news slip during a conference call to investors. The third installment will apparently be strongly linked to the also recently-announced BioShock movie. 'Its unlikely the picture would be released coincident with BioShock 2,' Strauss said of the upcoming film. 'It's more likely it would be released coincident with BioShock 3.'"
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BioShock 3 Confirmed Despite Lack of BioShock 2

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  • by Bieeanda (961632) on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:26PM (#23684275)
    'It's more likely it would be released coincident with BioShock 3.'

    The operative word here is WOULD. Not WILL, but WOULD.

    The only implication here is that the movie will take roughly two game development cycles to produce.

  • by Gat0r30y (957941) on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:27PM (#23684281) Homepage Journal
    Sounds more like BioShock 2 will come out well before the movie, and so if a game release was coincident with the movie release it wouldn't be BioShock2.
    • by SQLGuru (980662)
      I'd like to think of it as the solution to the Star Trek movie problem......if only the odd ones are good, skip the even ones, conversely, if only the even ones are good, skip the odd.

      Layne
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Garganus (890454)
      Yeah, this is like a programmer muttering that Spore'll hit shelves right after Duke Nukem Forever, which is going GM right after the end of World War III.
      "Insider Sources: WWIII CONFIRMED!"
      • by MaXMC (138127)

        "Insider Sources: WWIII CONFIRMED!"
        WWIII is that the next console from Nintendo? ;)
  • Yeah and then he added "If there's was a Bioshock 3 but really it's just going to be too late for Bioshock 2 and I just said it would be at the same time as 3 so you'd know it was after 2 but we're not necessarrily making 3" That's how I read it lol.
    • Booger, shut up.

      "It's been swell but the swelling's gone down."
    • Yeah and then he added "If there's was a Bioshock 3 but really it's just going to be too late for Bioshock 2 and I just said it would be at the same time as 3 so you'd know it was after 2 but we're not necessarrily making 3" That's how I read it lol.
      Thanks, that really cleared it up for me. ?
  • Has there ever been a skipped number in a series of games? If there is going to be a 3, there is going to be a 2.

    Prove me wrong.
    • Just for you, Volatar, I'll become a major game developer and produce a series that only has a first game and a third one.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by JebusIsLord (566856)
      In the US at least: Final Fantasy 1, 2, 3 then 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12...

      of course 2 and 3 were actually 4 and 6 in Japan, so we really skipped 2, 3 and 5.
      • Yeah, but Square eventually translated and released the ones it didn't bother to when they were new.
      • by Jor-Al (1298017)
        That's a completely different situation. The person was asking if the developers ever skipped over a number when doing a series of games which did not happen in Final Fantasy.
      • by hedwards (940851)
        Asian companies will do it sometimes when the number would be offensive to the local culture. While not strictly software, Canon skipped from G3 to G5 because of a resemblance between the character for 4 and the one for death. Or something very similar to that.

        Which is a bit odd considering they then went on to name their lower end DSLRs rebels.
    • Re:In other words: (Score:5, Informative)

      by Nephilium (684559) on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:40PM (#23684485) Homepage

      Yep. Leisure Suit Larry made a 3 and a 5, but never made 4.

      Nephilium

      • by 4D6963 (933028)

        Yep. Leisure Suit Larry made a 3 and a 5, but never made 4.

        Nephilium

        Argh you bastard you beat me to it! That was quite an ingenuous device plot though (to pretend LSL 4 happened but that Larry couldn't remember a thing)
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Alpha Whisky (1264174)
        Ha, that's nothing, Windows went from version 3.11 straight to 95.
      • by captjc (453680)
        Ah, My favorite game...LSL 4: The Case of the Missing Floppies

        Something about a bottle of tequila and a long night in Tijuana.
      • by hampton (209113)
        It was because Larry doesn't believe in "four"play.
    • by Drooling Iguana (61479) on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:45PM (#23684561)
      Super Mario 64.
      • I feel a little sad inside thinking about how much I laughed at this.
      • 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 64 (Score:3, Informative)

        by tepples (727027)
        And not only did Super Mario skip everything from 5 through 63 (SMW was 4), but it also had two 2's. SMB2: The Lost Levels was a level hack of SMB1, while SMB2: Mario Madness was a graphics hack of Doki Doki Panic.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by TheLoneDanger (611268)
        According to wikipedia [wikipedia.org], Mario appeared in 53 games before Super Mario 64. So, 64 really isn't that far off. There might be some other brief Mario cameos in other games, or games that were killed in development that had Mario as well.
      • Marathon 2 -> Marathon Infinity.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Has there ever been a skipped number in a series of games? If there is going to be a 3, there is going to be a 2.

      Prove me wrong.
      The Leisure Suit Larry series. Al Lowe said there would never be a 4th game. So it went from game 3 to game 5 so he would still keep his word on that.
      • Actually LSL4 was in production and almost finished IIRC. The disks were lost in the office or stolen. I'm at work right now though so I'm afraid to look for citations... But it's out there. Google it.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Hatta (162192)
          Not quite. "The missing floppies" was a joke title. Here [allowe.com](and here [allowe.com]) is the real story from Al Lowe himself.
          • Hmm. It appears I fell for the joke then all those years ago... Maybe I just really wanted it to be true so we could one day read a slashdot article about someone finding the long lost larry 4 disks.
    • Maybe not in Games, but certainly in Movies:

      Witness: House IV [imdb.com]
    • Umm, also:

      Episode IV: A New Hope [imdb.com]
      • by Volatar (1099775)
        That was not named IV until I happened.
        • by Pope (17780)
          Incorrect. It was always "Episode IV", as a nod to the old serials Lucas loved as a kid (and was supposed to make the audience feel like they were dropped in the middle of something). The subtitle "A New Hope" was added for re-release prints when "Empire Strikes Back" was confirmed for production.
    • by AdamThor (995520)
      I think it would perhaps be interesting to skip game 2. Game 3 would pretend to presume you had knowledge of Game 2, and you-the-player would have a strong knowledge dissonance with you-the-charecter. I think of one of my favorite moments in TV - watching the Cowboy Bebob episode in the casino, having missed the first 5 min of the show (and it being ~2nd episode of it I had ever seen). Figuring out WTF was going on only as the show progressed really made the plot elements *snap* as they fell into place.

      B
    • Dr. Evil skipped straight to H for his release - Our early attempts at a tractor beam went through several preparations. Preparations A through G were a complete failure. But now, ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a working tractor beam, which we shall call... Preparation H.
    • Yes, the Battlefield series skipped 2140 version numbers between the third and fourth instalments after going backwards 1940 versions between the first and third (the second wasn't numbered).
    • by Tuidjy (321055)
      Lazy Larry skipped a number. It's been a while, so I do not remember which.
      Probably four, as I am drawing a blank for the plot. Yes, I'm that pathetic,
      I remember Lazy Larry's plots :-)
  • Surprised? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by hansamurai (907719) <hansamurai@gmail.com> on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:32PM (#23684371) Homepage Journal
    Is anyone really surprised at this? Bioshock was very successful late last year and has been heralded as having one of the best stories in recent memory. If you would have told me there were going to be less than three games I would have been surprised, writes love trilogies, and so do consumers.
    • by Volatar (1099775)
      I am also not surprised. It does not take much praise to make a sequel, and Bioshock won several GOTY awards.

      Personally though, I though the game's story was rubbish.
    • Best story? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by antdude (79039)
      I think not. System Shock 2 [wikipedia.org] had a better story and game.
      • Actually I had System Shock 2 in mind when I wrote my original post, which is why I specifically said "in recent memory." Nine years is nearly a lifetime in terms of video games. But yeah, I agree.
        • by antdude (79039)
          Has it been nine years? Wow. SHODAN needs to return. Unfortuantely, she can't at this time. :(
  • ScuttleMonkey is confirmed to be the worst editor of stories on Slashdot.
    • I wonder if they take turns purposely misreading the story and making a summary that's deliberately misleading. KDawson, Zonk, and now ScuttleMonkey. I understand occasionally making mistakes, but it seems like some editors seem to post story after story that's pure bullshit. This is at least the third from ScuttleMonkey in the past weeks where I feel like he's completely missed the point.
  • Of a successful game?! NO WAY. This is going to really change how games are made...

  • Much like at the end of Rush Hour 2's bloopers, Chris Tucker ad-libs upon the death of a bad guy "He's not going to appear in Rush Hour 3". That was in no way a confirmation that Rush Hour 3 was going to be produced, in fact it was a long way off from it. It was use of the language to simply show that an arbitrary point of time would coincide with a possible future event, of which a sequel fits the definition of a future event.
  • Spaceballs (Score:5, Funny)

    by dazedNconfuzed (154242) on Friday June 06, 2008 @01:58PM (#23684757)
    Bioshock 3: The Search for Bioshock 2
  • Aren't the 3rd episodes always the ones where they go into space?

    Mmm, Bioshock in Space...imagine how awesome that would be!
  • SimRapture anyone?
  • No, no, no, I totally get what Zelnick's doing here.

    BioShock 1: BioShock, you know, One.
    BioShock 2: null
    BioShock 3: Profit!
  • The opposable thumbs blog is reporting that despite a lack of BioShock 2
    Did people not see this? [arstechnica.com]
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Jor-Al (1298017)
      You have to realize that the summary was written by ScuttleMonkey. That means you are getting something written inaccurately by a moron.

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