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Old 10-Oct-2004, 01:20   #1
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System Shock 2 Successor Announced

Gamespot reports that the creators of System Shock 2, Irrational Games, have announced a new game: BioShock which will be the "spiritual successor" to System Shock 2.

Set in a re-opened World War 2 laboratory complex, BioShock sees you fighting for your life in a mysterious genetics lab strewn with corpses. Whilst it's unclear why the lab is decorated with the deceased is unclear, but as always you will not be alone. Enemies will be present in the form of "drones", "predators" and "soldiers". Basically, drones feed on the corpses, and extract genetic material which you'll want to get your hands on during the game. Predators hunt down the drones while the soldiers protect the drones from the predators.

The role playing aspect comes in two flavours. The first is plasmid, which is the genetic material you can extract from drones. Plasmids can alter your body structure so that it can be more resistant to high or low temperatures for example. By controlling the temperature, you can put creatures vulnerable to certain temperatures at a disability whilst preventing the same happening to you. The second comes in the form of weapons upgrades. Unlike most first person shooters, you already start out with the basic weapon types and it's up to you to add modifications and upgrades to either them or your body (for example high resolution photos mean you can analyse an opponent for weaknesses).

BioShock will be using the Vengeance engine (which, as you may have guessed, is used in Tribes: Vengeance), making full use of shader and lighting effects to keep a good horror-story atmosphere. Whilst BioShock has been in development for 3 years, Irrational games has also been completing Tribes: Vengeance and has another game nearly finished. Expect faster development from this point on.

You can read the full Gamespot article here, which also includes a video interview with general manager Ken Levine if you are a Gamespot Complete member.

Thanks go to de_duck for submitting this story!
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Seen the screenshots? The alien thing makes half life two headcrab look like a little fluttery butterfly.
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Does this just seem an unsubtle mix of Doom3 and Metroid, or am i jumping to conclusions.
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its made by the same tits w ho scrwed up the tribes sequel and im meant to be happy

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