An item called BioShock Collection has appeared on the website of a South African retailer. The listing was swiftly removed, but not before some savvy customers got a screenshot. The South African site, Raru, was also previously responsible for leaks of the Greninja, Jigglypuff, and Splatoon Amiibos. The BioShock Collection listing included a release date if November 27, meaning it may not be long before fans get to revisit the underwater ruins of Rapture. The listed price is 711 Rand, which is around $52 USD.
2K Games initially declined to comment on the appearance of the as-yet unannounced BioShock Collection. They later released a short, curt statement simply saying, “2K doesn’t respond to rumours or speculation.”2K Games has never made any announcements or even given any indication, that they intended to relaunch any of the BioShock games. The speed with which the listing was taken down, and the site’s history with previous leaks, lend credence to this being legit.
The fate of the BioShock series has been unclear ever since its developer, Irrational Games, was shut down in early 2014. Irrational Games’ co-founder, Ken Levine, went on to start his own studio, Take-Two Interactive. “I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it,” Levine then said. He announced that Take-Two would be working on a new project, but the only details about it to emerge so far are that it will run on the Unreal Engine.
It’s not clear if this so-called BioShock Collection will include only the first two titles or will also include the most recent instalment in the series, BioShock Infinite. The first two games, in particular, are likely candidates for a remaster. The listing states that the collection will release for Xbox One and Playstation 4, but it’s likely a remaster of the original games would also get a PC release.