Today, Take Two released the first details on Bioshock 2's multiplayer. The game is set to release on Windows, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 this October.
Digital Extremes have signed a partnership with Take Two to develop the multiplayer portion of the game. They are based in Ontario, Canada and are best known for their involvement with the Unreal series, and more recently the port of Bioshock 1 on PS3.
President of 2K, Chrisoph Hartmann revealed the partnership.
"The fans asked for a multiplayer experience and we answered. With Digital Extremes delivering a multiplayer experience for BioShock 2 that features all of the things that make BioShock unique, we're holding ourselves to a high standard so that we can deliver the depth and variety that fans of the BioShock universe demand."
The player assumes the role of a plasmid test subject in multiplayer, as part of Sinclair Solutions who provide the plasmids and were introduced in the first game. Unlike the single player portion of the game, multiplayer will expand on the events before the first game and take place during the fall of Rapture. With the plasmid system, Bioshock 2 hopes to fill a void in the multiplayer scene going beyond the usual arsenal found in games of pistols, shotguns and machine guns.
2K detailed some of the key features in Bioshock 2 multiplayer.
- Evolution of the genetically enhanced shooter – Earn experience points during gameplay to earn access to new Weapons, Plasmids and Tonics that can be used to create hundreds of different combinations, allowing players to develop a unique character that caters to their playing style.
- Extend the Rapture fiction – Players will step into the shoes of Rapture citizens and learn more about the fall of Rapture as they progress through the experience.
- See Rapture before the fall – Experience Rapture before it was reclaimed by the ocean and engage in combat over iconic environments in locations such as Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites, all of which have been reworked from the ground up to deliver a fast-paced multiplayer experience.
- FPS veterans add their touch to the multiplayer experience – Digital Extremes brings more than 10 years of first person shooter experience including development of award-winning entries in the Unreal and Unreal Tournament franchise.