2K Finally Announces Bioshock: The Collection

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2K Finally Announces Bioshock: The Collection

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Bioshock: The Collection has finally been officially announced by 2K for release in September.

When we said yesterday that the announcement of Bioshock: The Collection was imminent, we didn't know just how right we were. This morning, 2K made it official: We're getting a remastered release of all three Bioshock games.

Bioshock: The Collection will include Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock: Infinite, as well as all the single-player DLC for each game. Also included will be a video series titled "Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock," which features Ken Levine and others talking about the series.

There are a couple of caveats, though. The collection will not include multiplayer for Bioshock 2. Additionally, Bioshock :Infinite isn't being remastered on PC. 2K says that this is because "it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings."

Game Informer learned (and confirmed with 2K) that if you already own Bioshock, BioShock 2, and/or Minerva's Den on PC, you'll receive the upgraded versions for free. That's a nice boon for PC gamers.

You can get all the info on the collection in this post on the 2K blog.

Bioshock: The Collection is set to release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 13, and will carry a retail price of $59.99.

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Why the hell did they take out Bioshock 2 MP?

Arnoxthe1:
Why the hell did they take out Bioshock 2 MP?

Likely the effort required for a small portion of one of the three games. Besides, the multiplayer in Bioshock 2 was largely considered to be superfluous, and not a terribly popular addition in general. I say this as someone who both dearly loves Bioshock 2, and really, really liked the multiplayer.

I love that they're giving PC players the upgraded versions for free. Gives me a reason to finally get around to finishing 2.

I just hope they fixed the bugs in Minerva's Den. Everyone says it's great, but I couldn't even get very far without constant crashes.

Well, atleast its a collection, and also, hey, I own all the stuff on PC, but I never got around to Bioshock 2 or Infinite. First just because I was distracted, but then cause multiplayer achievements. So now I can play Bioshock 2 on PC and not worry about multipayer achievements, yay.

Strayal:

Arnoxthe1:
Why the hell did they take out Bioshock 2 MP?

Likely the effort required for a small portion of one of the three games. Besides, the multiplayer in Bioshock 2 was largely considered to be superfluous, and not a terribly popular addition in general. I say this as someone who both dearly loves Bioshock 2, and really, really liked the multiplayer.

Who says they have to remaster the MP though? Just copypaste what was in it before.

So wait, if I buy Bioshock 1 right now during the Steam sale for peanuts I'll get the remaster for free? That's actually pretty cool. Unless someone can tell me I misread and you have to own everything to get the new versions.

I don't really care for remasters as I don't see how I could feel that nostalgic for a game that came out in a time frame like A little while ago , but my 360 is caput so I don't mind springing for a few last gen games that I can no longer play.

This is too good for me at the moment, I am wading through my back log, like an explorer with a machete hacking away at wines and bushes. I've played like 7 hours of skyrim and that is getting a free visual upgrade, the only bioshock I have completed is the first ... something compelling about it, this voice just kept asking me to stuff kindly and I just felt compelled to do it.

Either way, I've played about 2 hours of 2 and 7 hours of 3, so if I get all the DLC free then WEEEE! I will wait to play them till that comes to fruition.

What's got into game devs these days or is it the publishers? How do people who bought the DLC feel?

And here I was hoping they go Fable Anniversary on the grapgics of the first game.

JUMBO PALACE:
So wait, if I buy Bioshock 1 right now during the Steam sale for peanuts I'll get the remaster for free?

As far as I can tell, if you own the games on Steam, you'll get the updated version for free. I'm not saying I'd go buy them on the Steam sale, but I think I'd go buy them on the Steam Sale if I didn't have them already.

This would be a great deal if I didn't already own everything Bioshock related on PC. Fucking love this series! Half tempted to buy it just to support more Titles.

step1999:
I love that they're giving PC players the upgraded versions for free. Gives me a reason to finally get around to finishing 2.

Aye, it's a really nice touch. I can basically change the article for me to "have some free remasters". Very happy with this, looking forward to an excuse to revisit these games again.

Saelune:
*snip* Bioshock 2 *snip* multiplayer achievements. So now I can play Bioshock 2 on PC and not worry about multipayer achievements, yay.

Took the words right out of my mouth! Despite me snipping part of your post to clarify what I wholeheartedly agreed with, that is. ;)

Curse my completionist ways. I never started Bioshock 2 because I didn't want a game on my card that I couldn't finish without hours and hours of pointless grinding. I love the fact that the game is coming back without the once-obligatory multiplayer mode. It ruined Dead Space and F.E.A.R., so it's nice we're going to see Bioshock 2 as a creative tour de force, unchained from atmosphere-killing dickheads spawn camping and teabagging each other.

ffronw:

JUMBO PALACE:
So wait, if I buy Bioshock 1 right now during the Steam sale for peanuts I'll get the remaster for free?

As far as I can tell, if you own the games on Steam, you'll get the updated version for free. I'm not saying I'd go buy them on the Steam sale, but I think I'd go buy them on the Steam Sale if I didn't have them already.

Thanks for the chuckle. There's definitely worse ways to spend $3.99

Personally, BioShock 2 was nothing if not a confirmation that BioShock would have benefited from another few months or so in development. Everything about the gameplay and environment design felt like a big improvement. If I had to pick one game to get straight-up remade/rebooted, without regard to the people who would complain that they're "messing with a classic", it would be BioShock. Having them just plain remaster both games feels like a wasted opportunity at best and an insult at worst. I especially wonder if they're going to keep all of the code exactly the same and just update the graphics, or if this is at least a Black Mesa-esque from-scratch recreation that might introduce new bugs but get rid of old ones (like the janky AI that causes Big Daddies to aggro if they're get hit with a stray bullet from a hacked turret).

Why isn't Infinite being remastered? Is that one just a 1080p "remaster" for current consoles?

"Will retail for 60 USD"

Why would I buy that if I can get all 3 games for $5 from any Steam sale and the games still hold up extraordinarily well?

"Free upgrade for PC gamers"

I stand corrected. Way to go, 2K.

Neat, I never got around to Minerva's Den and while I think that Bioshock 2 is the weakest in the series, I've been told the DLC is actually really good.
I still own Infinite on 360 and the original on Steam but as a mainly console player, being able to own them all on PS4 is too good to pass up.
Kinda expensive though, oh, I'm gonna get it, don't be ridiculous, but don't collections usually come out for $40 US or am I confused?

On the one hand, I definitely want to get this. But on the other hand, I definitely want to get this. However, on the third, imaginary hand only saved for padding out word counts, I would feel a little sad in the knowledge that somewhere in the aether of an old Xbox live account, there exists BioShock 1 and infinite already bought and owned. Still have yet to play the DLC though. so maybe I'll wait for a sale or an unsuspecting, over privileged child exiting a game shop, looking marginally and temporarily smugger than i.

I'm liking the idea that game owners get the remasters for free, now only if this can somehow make its way to consoles.

I wonder if game owners get access to the Director's Commentary? Or if those will go up on Irrational's youtube page? I do love hearing Ken talk...(not sarcasm)

Damian Porter:
Why isn't Infinite being remastered? Is that one just a 1080p "remaster" for current consoles?

I imagine because Infinite hasn't been out very long, a little over 3 years ago. Burial at sea is maybe 2 years old.

Bioshock 1 was actually made in a pre-Unreal engine 3 world, if I'm not mistaken it's pretty much a heavily modified version of the engine for UT2K4. I hope they go full ham with it, port it into the modified UE3 they used for Infinite, that atmospheric lighting and shadows would do wonders to the world of Rapture

.

Bioshock was an amazing experience that was boxing out of its class gameplay wise, with a fetch-questy 2nd act that ended in the ultimate twist, with a shit 3rd act and a rushed ending. Bioshock 2 was an even better game that explored the opposite end of the spectrum from Randian Objectivism and as a pair they explore the dangers of choosing the extreme. I need to pick up Bioshock 2 on Steam now so I can schedule a replay around this.

I'm getting this.
As said before, I want to play Infinite again, but cant be bothered with dusting off my PS3, so this will do nicely.

Arnoxthe1:
Why the hell did they take out Bioshock 2 MP?

Because it was shit and hardly anyone played it.

And before anyone says it. No, this isn't "cut content". It's simply content which isn't worth the time, money and effort to optimize.

OT: It seems like a pretty good deal. Hopefully the graphical updates to 1 and 2 are Skyrim-remaster-standard significant, opposed to simply "it's 1080p 60fps on PS4/Xbox One"

Wait... Is 2K telling me that if I spend about 10 or so US bucks during the Steam Summer Sale, I could potentially get this remaster for FREE?? *throws wallet at Steam again*

Other than that, this will look great in MY collection... Right, my little sisters?

ffronw:

JUMBO PALACE:
So wait, if I buy Bioshock 1 right now during the Steam sale for peanuts I'll get the remaster for free?

As far as I can tell, if you own the games on Steam, you'll get the updated version for free. I'm not saying I'd go buy them on the Steam sale, but I think I'd go buy them on the Steam Sale if I didn't have them already.

Excellent, given that I just saw all three Bioshock games for sale on Steam last night for 10 bucks and went... yeah why not. Bonus!

Ten Foot Bunny:

Saelune:
*snip* Bioshock 2 *snip* multiplayer achievements. So now I can play Bioshock 2 on PC and not worry about multipayer achievements, yay.

Took the words right out of my mouth! Despite me snipping part of your post to clarify what I wholeheartedly agreed with, that is. ;)

Curse my completionist ways. I never started Bioshock 2 because I didn't want a game on my card that I couldn't finish without hours and hours of pointless grinding. I love the fact that the game is coming back without the once-obligatory multiplayer mode. It ruined Dead Space and F.E.A.R., so it's nice we're going to see Bioshock 2 as a creative tour de force, unchained from atmosphere-killing dickheads spawn camping and teabagging each other.

Wait? MP was required in BS2? I haven't gotten around to playing it(I have it on steam....somehow, despite not remembering purchasing it) but that does not make me want to try it.

I'll be interested in seeing how much of a remaster BioShock and BioShock 2 will be getting. Judging by the pictures, it doesn't look like a Halo Anniversary scale remaster, so I would probably just expect a bump to the texture resolution or something. Ah well, better than nothing. Getting it for free anywho, so I'll definitely give it a go if I ever feel like replaying the games.

Dalisclock:
Wait? MP was required in BS2? I haven't gotten around to playing it(I have it on steam....somehow, despite not remembering purchasing it) but that does not make me want to try it.

MP isn't required to complete the game itself, but you have to suffer through it if you want to get all of the achievements.

I'll absolutely get this collection. I played through all three games and the addons, but the excitement I felt from the announcement shows me that Rapture isn't through with me, yet.

And seriously, the Paris presented in 'Burial at Sea' belongs to the most beautiful places I have ever seen in a video game.

Ten Foot Bunny:

Dalisclock:
Wait? MP was required in BS2? I haven't gotten around to playing it(I have it on steam....somehow, despite not remembering purchasing it) but that does not make me want to try it.

MP isn't required to complete the game itself, but you have to suffer through it if you want to get all of the achievements.

Thanks for clearing that up. I was gonna have words for....someone if MP was required to play the main game.

Dalisclock:

Ten Foot Bunny:

Dalisclock:
Wait? MP was required in BS2? I haven't gotten around to playing it(I have it on steam....somehow, despite not remembering purchasing it) but that does not make me want to try it.

MP isn't required to complete the game itself, but you have to suffer through it if you want to get all of the achievements.

Thanks for clearing that up. I was gonna have words for....someone if MP was required to play the main game.

As an achievement whore, I still have plenty of words for someone. ;) Actually, I never bought Bioshock 2 because of the MP achievements and not wanting to start those up. Now I have an excuse to buy the remaster AND never buy the original. Double win!

EndlessSporadic:
"Will retail for 60 USD"

Why would I buy that if I can get all 3 games for $5 from any Steam sale and the games still hold up extraordinarily well?

"Free upgrade for PC gamers"

I stand corrected. Way to go, 2K.

If that's the case then should I just buy the games on Steam now for $5 and get a free upgrade to the remastered version, thus saving myself paying full price?

I actually want to know this because I also plan to get the Skyrim remaster and if I can get it for that much cheaper that would be great!

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