BioShock 2: Sea Of Dreams
BioShock was one of the most popular games in 2007 when it appeared for the PC and the Xbox 360 platforms. It was the spiritual successor to the System Shock franchise, which gained a cult status thanks to its intricate story and complex first-person shooter and role-playing elements.
The game, which was set in an underwater city called Rapture where science created tonics that infused people with special abilities, raised a lot of moral issues and tied almost all the loose ends when you completed the game by showing you one of the possible endings.
But seeing just how popular the game had become, 2K Games decided to make it a franchise and, as such, the story will be continued in future titles. Along with the 2008 release of the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock, players who finished the game were treated to a very special teaser video in which footage from the next title in the series, BioShock 2: Sea Of Dreams, was revealed.
But if you thought that created a massive amount of speculation in the fan community, then you're in for a special treat, as the official teaser campaign for the game has begun. Across a few cities posters have been placed upon lamp posts, detailing that, “There is something in the Sea” and containing a link to this website.
Upon visiting it, players are offered a few pieces of information about a mysterious case of kidnapping that took place in Ireland's Cliffs of Moher region on February 20, 1967, almost 7 years since the events in the first BioShock title. A newspaper article says that a small girl was kidnapped by a tall man with incredible speed who wore some sort of miner's hat that glowed red. A handwritten letter is also present in the game, in which a certain J. Lynch says that he saw the red glow in the waters around the bay area.
Last but not least, a picture of a small puppet that looks like a miniature version of a Big Daddy, the protectors of the Little Sisters in the first game, is also present, which sends to the teaser trailer we saw last fall, where an adolescent girl was seen holding one such doll on a sea coast backdrop.
Already the viral campaign has generated a lot of rumors and it seems that more things will be revealed in the following weeks. Hopefully, we will get to see some concrete details as we approach the targeted release period of the game, at the end of 2009.
There's Something In The Sea!
BioShock Can Have a Lot of Sequels If the Story Allows It
Rumor Mill: Big Sisters to Appear in BioShock 2: Sea of DreamsBioShock was a truly marvelous release, as it took the story of titles to new heights, put up some very tough moral choices, and introduced innovations to how the events were portrayed in a game. Because it gained massive critical acclaim and was met with huge sales from fans, it seems that 2K Games, the company who published it, is very determined to continue developing this franchise.
As such, it announced quite a long time ago that it would turn it into a series of games, and that new titles were soon due to arrive. This made a lot of fans fear the fact that their beloved game would be exploited and that the story was bound to suffer gravely from the new releases. However, it seems that 2K intends to be very careful with this franchise, as Christoph Hartmann, the global president of 2K Games, has talked about these new sequels and assured fans that, if the story would allow it, new games would be made.
Hartmann expanded on the fact that there was a huge risk when you developed a series of games, as you didn't have to stretch the story, if it didn't allow for it. He compared the Matrix and the Star Wars series of movies, which started off great, but only one of them had the story to back up the other releases that followed. Furthermore, Hartmann went on to slightly hint at Electronic Arts' development of the Need For Speed franchise, which didn't really have the greatest results in terms of quality.
“For Bioshock, because it’s so story driven, the question obviously arises: how long can you do it without turning into The Matrix? But, then again, look at Star Wars. It’s a fight between good and evil, just like Bioshock. If we spin it the right way and get the right twist of innovation, we can make six parts of it, as Star Wars did. But we have to be careful not to cash in. I won’t name the company, but there was a great racing game years ago. They brought it back year-on-year. If you look at the scores, it’s hard to believe what they’ve done to it. It’s upsetting, actually”
Let's not forget that the second title in the franchise, BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams, will be released this year, as its first teaser trailer was unlocked after the recently-launched PlayStation 3 version of the game was finished.
Source: News SoftpediaThe first BioShock title entertained a lot of gamers due to its complex gameplay mechanics, intuitive cutscenes, which didn't take the player out of the action, and the fact that it was the spiritual successor to the very popular System Shock franchise.
But despite the fact that it was made to be a single title, the big sales it experienced prompted Take Two, the company that owns the rights to the game, to transform it into a franchise and develop the story as far as it would allow it. Previously teased in the PlayStation 3 version of the original game, the next title, dubbed BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams, has recently been in the industry spotlight due to the viral campaign that 2K Games has been promoting on the teaser website.
We reported on the first couple of things that appeared on the site, which told the story of a girl who had been kidnapped just off the coast of Ireland, and over the weekend some new updates and rumors already appeared. First of all, another three cases have been reported on the website, both following the same pattern, of a small little girl being abducted by a tall slender character with superhuman speed and who wore a helmet decorated with a red light. Besides these kidnappings, other reports of people seeing mysterious red lights in the sea around the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean also appeared.
But the biggest rumor that has been reported by Kotaku, which cites inside sources, is that players will get to see Big Sisters in BioShock 2. That's right, it seems that the big lumbering Big Daddies from the first game, which protected the Little Sisters that collected the precious ADAM from dead bodies across the underwater city of Rapture, will now be replaced by sleek and slender warriors similar to amazons, which will sport the same diver suit gear.
However, despite such rumors, all we can do is wait and see just when 2K Games will reveal some concrete details about the game, which will arrive this year, presumably at the upcoming Game Developers Conference that will start next week. Until then, we can still refresh the teaser website to see the new reports of abducted little girls.