BioShock developer and designer Ken Levine is currently writing a new game.
Ken Levine’s underwater horror story was an epic success, spawning two successful sequels (prequels?) each gaining its own heap of praise. BioShock scared us with its creepy atmosphere and seemingly out of place music, not to mention its psychotic inhabitants. BioShock 2 let us play the role of one of the first Big Daddies (also known as Rosie) and enhanced the combat system, and introduced us to the Big Sisters. BioShock Infinite took to the skies in a story about alternate realities and a woman named Elizabeth who seemed to be able to cross between them at will.
It seems Ken Levine is now taking a break from BioShock and attempting something different. On Twitter today, Ken Levine announced, “Game writing today. This is something else.”
When asked what inspires him to write games, Ken Levine cited the period drama Mad Men, as well as the work of film directors Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), the Coen brothers (No Country for Old Men), Stanley Kubrick (Full Metal Jacket), and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). He also claims inspiration from British playwright Tom Stoppard (Brazil)
One could go into much speculation based on these varied sources of media and come up with a lot of different ideas what Ken Levine’s next game is going to be about. We do know he loves to go for the mind-bending concepts and a very pseudo-science based form of magic, such as we’ve seen in Bioshock.
Before the release of BioShock Infinite, Ken Levine admitted he didn’t know what was next for Irrational Games. At the time he said, “I don’t have a thought for our next game, so it’s kind of hard to even think about that.”
We do know that whatever Ken Levine comes up with next, gamers will more than likely be waiting to snap it up.
What do you think BioShock creator Ken Levine is planning as his next game?