Last month fans of the BioShock games were elated to discover that a remastered collection of all three games in the series was being released called BioShock: The Collection.
If you’ve been anxiously awaiting a look at how different the remastered version will look from the older games, a new video has been released offering just that. The video compares the oldest game in the collection, the original BioShock from 2007, to the remastered version.
Click on over to the other side to check out the video, plus some bonus videos.
It’s been nine years since Irrational Games and 2K took you on a terrifying journey to the depths of the underwater city of Rapture with BioShock. Five years since you returned to Rapture in BioShock 2. Three years since you grabbed a skyhook and sailed across the floating city of Columbia in BioShock Infinite. And on September 13, 2016 (September 15 in Australia and September 16 internationally), you can relive these award-winning adventures or experience them for the very first time remastered for current-gen consoles and digital PC with BioShock: The Collection.
Countless fans have asked for this since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One arrived – and we listened! Working with Blind Squirrel Games, we’ve remastered BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC making them look better than ever*. BioShock: The Collection brings the three titles together for the first time, complete with all single-player DLC** and a never-before-seen video series, “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” which includes insights from Ken Levine – over $100 of content – for only $59.99. It’s a circus of values!
If you’ve never experienced the series before, now is the time to play it and see for yourself why the award-winning BioShock franchise has topped countless “Best-Of” lists and garnered more than 125 awards including two BAFTA honors, as well as many Best of E3, Best of Gamescom, and Game of the Year accolades from respected outlets such as IGN, GameSpot, Game Informer, and many more. The weapons, plasmids, levels, and character models that shocked you years ago have been reskinned and retextured to look better than ever. On top of that, all single-player DLC created for all three games comes loaded in one package. The bundled content for BioShock: The Collection includes:
The video series, “Director’s Commentary: Imagining BioShock,” featuring Ken Levine, creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite and Shawn Robertson, animation lead on BioShock and animation director on BioShock Infinite.
Museum of Orphaned Concepts: Walk through a Rapture-inspired virtual museum that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at discarded concepts that never made it into the original game.
Challenge Rooms: Outside the story of BioShock, tackle puzzles, splicers and Big Daddies. And achievements, of course.
BioShock 2 (**Multiplayer will not be included)
Minerva’s Den: A self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Use expanded combat abilities with the experimental Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid, unique to Minerva’s Den, as you face off against the Lancer Big Daddy.
Protector Trials: Take control of an Alpha Series Big Daddy woken out of hibernation just before the events of BioShock 2.
Burial at Sea – Episode 1 & 2 Add-On Packs: This major two-part DLC pack completes the BioShock trilogy by taking the series back to where it all began. Return to Rapture just before the events of the original BioShock!
Clash in the Clouds Add-On Pack: Face 60 waves of challenges across four additional maps for leaderboard glory and unlock areas to explore in The Columbian Archaeological Society hub museum.
Columbia’s Finest Pack: Combines the contents of the Industrial Revolution Pack and the Upgrade Pack and includes 500 Silver Eagles, five Lock Picks, six unique Gear items, and two weapon upgrades: Comstock’s China Broom Shotgun and Comstock’s Eagle Eye Sniper Rifle.
In short, BioShock: The Collection offers more than $100 of content remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and digital PC for only $59.99.
BioShock: The Collection for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will be available in North America on September 13, Australia on September 15, and internationally on September 16.
*BioShock Infinite is not being remastered on PC because it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings.
**BioShock: The Collection will not include BioShock 2 multiplayer.
No, the remasters don’t look quite as good as that Unreal Engine 4 version. But we already knew that was going to be the case. It would likely take an insane amount of work to pull that off, and most of us want to see BioShock 4 arrive at some point. As we were reminded recently, taking on a remaster can significantly delay new games.
All in all I’m happy with how things are looking. Cleaned up, polished versions of the originals, with a few little touches added in here and there, as we can see in the video with the jellies! PC players who already own the games probably won’t have much need to buy the collection, but for the rest of us it should be a nice return to these worlds we love so dearly.
You can pre-order BioShock: The Collection on Xbox One and PS4 now.
Rapture and Columbia like you’ve never seen them before! Experience the opening of BioShock fully remastered in all its glory and see how your favorite locations are remastered for current-gen consoles in BioShock: The Collection.
Revisit the depths of Rapture, sail through Columbia, and experience a never-before-seen video series with commentary from Ken Levine. All three BioShock games, complete with all single-player DLC, are fully remastered for current-gen consoles in BioShock: The Collection. Available September 13, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
There’s always a lighthouse.
Here’s a sneak peek at the remastered version of BioShock.
Re-explore the depths of Rapture like you never imagined. Experience an exclusive look into the creation of Rapture in the never-before-seen video series, Imagining BioShock, with commentary from BioShock’s Creative Director, Ken Levine.
Coming with BioShock: The Collection, Imagining BioShock takes you through the inspiration and creation of Rapture and its inhabitants. Play through the remastered version of BioShock to pick up golden reels and unlock the secrets behind Rapture.