2K Games made rumors of a BioShock collection for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC turn true Thursday. The publisher announced the remastered BioShock: The Collection for this September featuring all three titles complete with a director's commentary from Ken Levine. Prepare to return to a world of Big Daddies, Little Sisters, and multiple realities.
BioShock: The Collection will be released on September 13 in North America and September 16 internationally. The collection is being developed by Blind Squirrel Games and comes with remastered versions of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite running at 1080p and 60 fps for the PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version of the release will only remaster the first two games as Infinite already runs at current-gen standards for the PC.
The release will include all of the single-player DLC from all three titles as well as a new video series featuring the director of BioShock and BioShock: Infinite, Ken Levine. The "Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock" series will provide insights from Levine on the creative and design process for the games along with tidbits on the story and plot.
The one thing the remastered collection does not include is multiplayer from BioShock 2. This will be a single-player only experience for the launch price of $59.99.
PC gamers who already own a Steam copy of BioShock and BioShock 2 will receive a free upgrade to the remastered versions of the game. This turns out to be a fantastic value, as both titles are currently $3.99 in the Summer Steam Sale while the Minerva's Den add-on is only $2.49 and Infinite with all DLC content is $12.49. The only thing you will miss out on is the director's commentary from Ken Levine.
Here is the complete content listing for BioShock: The Collection for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
- The video series, "Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock," featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite and Shawn Robertson, animation lead on BioShock and animation director on BioShock Infinite.
- Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Walk through a Rapture-inspired virtual museum that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at discarded concepts that never made it into the original game.
- Challenge Rooms: Outside the story of BioShock, tackle puzzles, splicers and Big Daddies. And achievements, of course.
- Minerva's Den: A self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you've never seen before. Use expanded combat abilities with the experimental Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid, unique to Minerva's Den, as you face off against the Lancer Big Daddy.
- Protector Trials: Take control of an Alpha Series Big Daddy woken out of hibernation just before the events of BioShock 2.
- Burial at Sea - Episode 1 & 2 Add-On Packs: This major two-part DLC pack completes the BioShock trilogy by taking the series back to where it all began. Return to Rapture just before the events of the original BioShock!
- Clash in the Clouds Add-On Pack: Face 60 waves of challenges across four additional maps for leaderboard glory and unlock areas to explore in The Columbian Archaeological Society hub museum.
- Columbia's Finest Pack: Combines the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack and includes 500 Silver Eagles, five Lock Picks, six unique Gear items, and two weapon upgrades: Comstock's China Broom Shotgun and Comstock's Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle.
What do you think of BioShock: The Collection? Is this something you will add to your personal gaming collection when it releases in September, or will you elect for the free upgrades on Steam? Sound off in the comments below.
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