Ken Levine Commences Work on His Next Game
Written Monday, May 13, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
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.