Next Bioshock Game in the Works at Newly Announced 2K Studio ‘Cloud Chamber’
2K has revealed that a new studio has been formed to headline the next entry in the Bioshock franchise, a piece of news that no one expected this morning.
It’s finally happening, folks! This morning, 2K announced that it had formed a new development studio named Cloud Chamber and that it would be heading a brand new entry in the Bioshock franchise.
The new studio will be headed by Kelley Gilmore, a developer who has worked on other 2K franchises like XCOM and Civilization. Her appointment makes Cloud Chamber the first 2K studio to be launched and headed by a woman in the company’s history. Gilmore spoke about the formation in the announcement’s press release:
“We founded Cloud Chamber to create yet-to-be-discovered worlds – and their stories within – that push the boundaries of what is possible in the video game medium. Our team believes in the beauty and strength of diversity, in both the makeup of the studio and the nature of its thinking. We are a deeply experienced group of game makers, including many responsible for BioShock’s principal creation, advancement and longstanding notoriety, and honored to be part of the 2K family as stewards of this iconic franchise.”
In addition to Gilmore, 2K President David Ismailer also spoke about the studio’s formation and the new Bioshock:
“BioShock is one of the most beloved, critically praised and highest-rated franchises of the last console generation. We can’t wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge.”
While this announcement has been rumored for a long time now, it’s nice to finally get a confirmation that a new game is in the works.
Unfortunately, that’s all we know about the game at this time. No other details were made available in the studio’s announcement, although there are a couple of things that we may be able to infer.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m hesitant to use the word sequel, as the last entry in the franchise, Bioshock Infinite, had barely anything to do with the other two entries, Bioshock and Bioshock 2, so it’s certainly not out of the question that Cloud Chamber’s new game could have nothing to do with any of those entries.
In addition, while we don’t have any platforms right now, this will almost certainly be a next-gen title, showing up on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett. I also wouldn’t be shocked if we see this on Google Stadia, depending on how the platform is doing at the time that is.
If you want to play the franchise up until this point, it’s pretty easy, as the Bioshock Collection is available on Amazon right now on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s relatively cheap.