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BioShock 2 Delayed Says Take-Two

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Take Two is delaying BioShock 2 to fiscal 2010.

Various sources are reporting that Take Two Interactive has delayed the release date for BioShock 2, pushing the game's eventual release back from Q4 2009 to sometime in "fiscal 2010." The company cites a need to provide additional time for the title although no specific reasons were offered. The new date means that fans won't see more BioShock until next year, sometime after March. Depressing as the news may sound, Take-Two's chairman Strauss Zelnick said that the decision was right for the product.

"The decision to shift a release date is never an easy one, especially with a product as highly anticipated as BioShock2," said Take-Two CEO Ben Feder. "We felt that it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve."

In BioShock2, players take on the role of Big Daddy, the prototype for the Daddies seen in the original game. Slated for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows, the game uses a modified version of Epic's Unreal Engine 2.5. Although in development by 2K Marin, Digital Extremes is handling the development of the multiplayer aspect, whereas Arkane Studios is lending a hand on the overall design, animation, and art.

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    doomtomb , July 13, 2009 11:41 PM
    Disappointing but it is for all the better I hope. So many games are pushed back these days (Blizzard! *shakes angry fist*).
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    joex444 , July 13, 2009 11:55 PM
    I promise to forget about BioShock 2 with this delayed release date.

    The Q4 2009 date I could have remembered to go buy it, but this Fiscal 2010, I will have forgotten about the first one and not eager to play a second.

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    nukemaster , July 14, 2009 12:04 AM
    Better be worth the wait.
    Despite the bugs(at release) in the first one, the game it self was very good. Please no securom this time :( 
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    Ramar , July 14, 2009 12:11 AM
    We used to curse companies that released unfinished piles of poo, now you can be sure we will whine about doing the job right, regardless of how long it takes?

    Coming up: More BAW at 11.
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    doc70 , July 14, 2009 12:58 AM
    yes, preparing a worse DRM solution takes time... by the time it's released you will wish it had only securom on it.
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    Ogdin , July 14, 2009 1:54 AM
    Better to push back the release date then rush out a buggy pos for the holiday season.
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    harshahorizon , July 14, 2009 2:22 AM
    First Starcraft 2 now Bioshock 2 this is epic looks like end of 09 would be so dull.Anyway in video gaming industry fake releasing and then pushing back them for couple of time is a common thing.
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    Gazz , July 14, 2009 4:08 AM
    It could be delayed for ever and it wont bother me if it has DRM then I wont be shedding any tears over not playing it
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    Blessedman , July 14, 2009 7:52 AM
    BS1 was a great game, but sure was buggy on release. I would like to see a very polished game instead of something that was rushed for a holiday buck. I just hope it's not delayed because there are too many cooks in the kitchen...
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    avatar_raq , July 14, 2009 10:55 AM
    I hope they're not delaying it only to make it directx 11.
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    Regulas , July 14, 2009 11:26 AM
    They want to top the DRM infected first one with SuckyouRom 2. Hopefully they learned their lesson from the first SecuRom DRM fiasco and will go disk check only or none at all. If they do I hope it gets pirated like crazy like they did to the first one. Proves that draconian DRM only hurts legitimate buyers and does not stop pirating at all, Spore also comes to mind.
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    maynardman10 , July 14, 2009 12:49 PM
    Shouldn't that be Unreal Engine 3.5? I thought the first Bioshock used Unreal Engine 3.0.
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    dravis12 , July 14, 2009 1:49 PM
    Hope they release this on Steam. I pretty much buy games exclusively from there now. Don't have to worry so much about DRM that way.
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    Gazz , July 14, 2009 2:16 PM
    Hope they release this on Steam. I pretty much buy games exclusively from there now. Don't have to worry so much about DRM that way.
    Well thats what I thought when I got the first one from Steam and found they had DRM on it anyway I sent letters but no refunds
    and I used a lot of the uses up because I started the game 3 to 4 times because I liked the opening not knowing then that just starting the game counted as one go hahaa no never again my computer to my knowledge is game DRM free
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    cracklint , July 14, 2009 4:22 PM
    quality issues of the final product must have arose. By the end of the first game, it got repetitive and I kinda lost interest. I did finish it, but with no replay value I solded it quickly on ebay for $60. I am not all that exicited about the 2nd, but I do hope take 2 turns out a good product for the true fans of the first.
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    liquidblue , July 14, 2009 5:00 PM
    This was quite probably one of the only games I was looking forward to this year. Kinda sucks to hear the news but I would have expected a good quality product as well. The wait continues...
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    gnesterenko , July 14, 2009 5:50 PM
    Honestly never got into Bioshock 1. People and critics raves about the story line and the atmosphere but I found it repetitive, predictable and eventually, very boring. The atmosphere that was interesting and unique at first quickly did the same. Dead Space was by far superior, IMHO, and I am very much looking forward to THAT sequel, even though it is unannounced, I'm sure its coming.

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