It's been nine years since the last BioShock game, and with very little more than confirmation of its existence, unconfirmed leaks, and rare crumbs from developers and job offers, we finally have some concrete news.
Far Cry 4 and Ghost of Tsushima lead narrative Liz Albl announced on Twitter (opens in a new tab) that she will be making the jump to 2K Games' Cloud Chamber studio as part of the BioShock 4 story team.
The latest installment of the historic action RPG took us back to a fantastical reimagining of 1912 in a steampunk sociopolitical exploration of a girl's integral role in the fragile fabric of time and space. Finally, we get more news about its sequel.
While very few details were given about what the next BioShock story might be, Albl's appointment to the team at least confirms that development is progressing, even if it does give an indication of how far we need to go.
The dream is real! Very happy to announce that I have joined Cloud Chamber as a narrative lead on BIOSHOCK ⚡ pic.twitter.com/tdNfvar7xDec 27, 2022
(*4*)it's the season
BioShock and its sequels are some of the best shooter RPGs of their generation, combining great action settings with a thoughtful story and intoxicating worlds. BioShock Infinite released almost a decade ago and we've been waiting for a sequel ever since.
The signing of Liz Albl to the 2K Games team is a hopeful sign of life. Bringing the prestige of Far Cry 4, Ghost of Tsushima, and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag to the BioShock table means the team has to buckle down after years of murky willpower, it won't.
We know that Bioshock 4 will involve open-world gameplay and feature a time period that will look familiar to you if you've played the other three games, but other than that, details have come slowly.
In a hacked tweet in November 2021, OopsLeaks (opens in new tab) claimed that the project's working title was BioShock: Isolation. However, in February 2022, the same account claimed (opens in a new tab) that approximately 40 members of the team had left the project, including tracks, and that 2K was unhappy with the progress made by its studio Cloud Chamber. .
The news that Liz Albl will be joining the team is quite significant as, given the tumultuous events at 2K Games, it could signal hope on the horizon for firmer details in the new year.