BioShock Infinite
Ken Levine Commences Work on His Next Game
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Irrational Games' co-founder and BioShock Infinite designer Ken Levine has started writing his next game according to several Twittery tweets from the man himself. "Game writing this afternoon. This is something else," Levine wrote on his feed earlier today, before citing a number of influences that have been informing his writing.

Asked what he's using as inspiration, Levine offered up the following response: "mad men, pt Anderson, Coen bros, Kubrick, soderbergh, Stoppard, Sondheim, games."

Whether Levine is drawing upon all of these things for this current work in progress script is unknown, but it's a hell of a mix of influences. As well as fantastic slow-burn drama Mad Men, the work of director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master) is an intriguing influence and points to some rather typically heavyweight, potentially complex subject matter, not unlike BioShock Infinite's themes and story.

Add movie directors the Coen Brothers (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men), Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket), Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Ocean's 11, Traffic) and writer Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Empire of the Sun, Anna Karenina) as well as composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd), and you have a heady melting pot of influences right there.

Just what is Levine writing then? At the moment your guess is as good as ours. Could it be a new BioShock game or something completely fresh? We look forward to finding out.


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Comment #1 by iBlaise
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 09:48:03 AM
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As long as its some game set in the early/mid 1900s, I'd be satisfied. Games of that class are usually pretty good.

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Comment #2 by DeadMan634
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 09:50:15 AM
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New Bioshock?

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Comment #3 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 09:52:15 AM
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What about the stuff for the Bioshock Infinite season pass, is he not doing that?

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Comment #4 by deluxnugs
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 09:57:31 AM
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@ i dont think so, im pretty sure thats being out sourced by 2k same as borderlands 2

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Comment #5 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:00:53 AM
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@4 really? That doesn't exactly fill me with hope for the season pass content.

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Comment #6 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:09:09 AM
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Instant buy. Infinite has ultimately proven that he is a genius.

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Comment #7 by Quid Squid
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:15:00 AM
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@4 If he is just starting to write the next game it's possible they might be working on them in-house. The dev team at Irrational aren't just sitting on their asses while he writes, and I don't recall any other major games they're working on at the moment.

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Comment #8 by Hurricane Of 87
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:54:55 AM
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Steven Soderbergh's been a streak of good films recently AND they've been coming out in quick succession;
The Informant
The Girlfriend Experience
Side Effects

That guy doesn't fuck about. Will be a shame if he ever does get around to actually retiring.

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Comment #9 by Samyall1123
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:56:25 AM
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Good to see he's straight onto working on another game!

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Comment #10 by DarqStalker
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:04:07 AM
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He's supposed to be working on the DLC for infinite! Get busy Levine I (we) want more!

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Comment #11 by KingLouis51
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:09:35 AM
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Whether it's BioShock Infinite DLC or a new game altogether, Ken Levine is one of the industry's most talented writers and designers, and I absolutely look forward to seeing what he does next.

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Comment #12 by MoistGoat
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:25:07 AM
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@6 bioshock 1/system shock proved that he was a genius..

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Comment #13 by frazyah
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:45:00 AM
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I think most recently he referred to his hiatus from filmmaking as a sabbatical, so there's always hope that it will be short lived.

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Comment #14 by The Bum-Mobile
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:51:24 AM
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All very interesting and reaffirming inspirations. Like everyone else, I'm a tremendous Coen, Anderson, and Kubrick fan. I haven't watched Mad Men, and don't particularly care to, but that's just me.

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Comment #15 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:56:41 AM
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@12 that's why I said ultimately, he's done it again

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Comment #16 by Hurricane Of 87
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 11:57:50 AM
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@13: Good to hear. Seemed like his retirement was always going to be "After his next movie", but then a new one would always pop up and keep him around for a bit longer.

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Comment #17 by The Kingslayer
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 12:31:30 PM
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Mad Men the game by Irrational Games. Achievement unlocked smoke 40 cigarettes and consume a whole bottle of whiskey before 3pm.

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Comment #18 by XxMayhemxX
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 01:07:32 PM
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i actually wish he did a system shock 1 or 2(or both) remake, and not just a hd port, but a complete remake. Particularly 2

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Comment #19 by Masterdebator88
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 01:39:36 PM
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Hopefully it is better than that pretentious piece of crap Infinite.

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Comment #20 by I mak3 big boom
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 03:00:32 PM
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Honestly Bioshock was an average game with an amazing story and I'm okay with that but unless they keep the story amazing or make the gameplay better the game won't be good.

I'm hoping it'll be good though ! :)

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Comment #21 by ThePumpkinKing
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 03:12:03 PM
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@8 he strikes me as the kind of director that will always threaten retirement. But will never actually do it. I think he'll end up much the same as Kubrick: He'll make films until he drops dead. Directors like them will always have one more story to tell.

@19 why the fuck even bother posting? really? because that's 2 minutes of your life that you'll never get back. posting braindead, redundant shit like that for no good reason whatsoever.

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Comment #22 by ThePumpkinKing
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 03:39:14 PM
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@20 odd... I'd actually consider the gameplay of the series to be it's strong point. right up there with production values. stories have always been decent. but nothing groundbreaking, in my opinion.

I really hope he's doing something completely fresh. As much as I love the series, he really needs to take a step away and prove that he's more than just "that guy who makes Bioshock game".

With influences like the those he's cited, I'm really hoping for a crime-noir thriller in the vein of the Coen brothers.

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Comment #23 by Slayinfool
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 04:57:17 PM
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Sure it will be a great game!

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Comment #24 by cheevo360
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 07:35:16 PM
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New IP and Bioshock 4 (next generation consoles) please. Ken is wonderful man and bought brilliant Bioshock 1 and Infinite. Can't wait for first story DLC with add-on new achievements of course.

Thank you Ken for gave us awesome so now I am exciting for what title from his own. I guess new IP or Bioshock 4. :)

If new IP game I bet new IP will be much like Bioshock but in different set and story itself. Could be. :D

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Comment #25 by Hitchman
Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 10:55:41 PM
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@19 - Just checked your gamercard. You haven't even played the game. Why would you come in here just to cause a stir over something you haven't even played?

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Comment #26 by tasteslikepain
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 02:34:44 AM
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Please be a new BioShock, Infinite was perfect

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Comment #27 by Ghosty McGoo
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 03:02:37 AM
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man...if this new one takes as long as Infinite we're going to be waiting another 4-5 years.

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Comment #28 by ISnakePIisskenI
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 10:01:45 AM
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@19 don't hate just because you didn't understand the subject matter of infinite or get your head around its many twists and turns.

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