BioShock Developer Slams Electronic Arts

Ken Levine claims ‘EA didn't give a shit about System Shock 3’.

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2K/ Irrational Games’ forthcoming BioShock – the ‘spiritual successor’ to one of the most genuinely frightening games ever, System Shock 2 – is without a doubt one of SPOnG’s most anticipated next-gen titles for 2007.

You may have read our recent preview on BioShock, in which case you’ll know a little bit more about why we are already wetting ourselves in anticipation of playing this truly unique game.

So it was with some interest that we read in PC Gamer this month the following harsh-but-fair words about Electronic Arts, coming from none other than Ken Levine, bossman at Irrational Games and the creative force behind System Shock 2 and BioShock.

Speaking about System Shock 3, Levine told the mag: "One of the reasons I wasn't interested is EA just didn't give a shit about that game. I think if EA were to do it, it would've been just a regular first-person shooter with a boss monster at the end. They didn't see it as big brand and I didn't want that uphill battle."

Bigging up his current publishing partner, 2K Games, Levine continued: "We have a publisher who cares about this game, and they believe in this kind of game. 2K Games is the company that helped reinvigorate Elder Scrolls and Civilization. They believe in core games."

Electronic Arts is of course more than used to being criticised for lack of innovation in games, but it still must sting a little when a developer of Levine’s stature sticks the knife in like this.

Whatever, providing Levine and his team at Irrational deliver on the so-far beautiful and sublime looking BioShock, SPOnG will be more than happy come spring 2007.

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