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2K Games' President, Christoph Hartmann states that 2K Marin is already working on a new game project...
Even though BioShock 2 has been delayed until next year, it seems the game's developers have still got the time to work on multiple projects, as 2K Games' President Christoph Hartmann has revealed that the studio is "far beyond the conceptual stage for a follow-up project after BioShock 2".
"What that is, I can't announce; I can't tell you obviously. But so far, they've completely exceeded my expectations," Hartmann told 1up in answer to a question about whether or not 2K Marin will become 'the BioShock studio' in future.
Although Hartmann wouldn't be drawn into any statements about the next BioShock game or 2K Marin's future involvement in the series, he did offer a convoluted sports metaphor about the "super talented" 2K Marin team:
"We hired a lot of superstars, and you know how it is in sports - there's always the risk if you hire all the superstars and it doesn't work out - but with a portion of luck, we get a great team. They have a bright future, and we have something lined up afterwards which is going to be exciting as well. And yes, they keep on growing. Will there be two teams at some point? Sure, it's possible. But it's something you have to be careful about, because many teams have tried it and it's not that easy to juggle two things at the same time and hit the same quality levels. Often what ends up happening is you have one triple-A game, and then the other one is kind of a B-plus. And I also don't want that."
This does seem to indicate that the "follow-up" project Hartmann refers to is unrelated to BioShock. His allusions to 2K Marin possibly being split into two dev teams would suggest that one will be 'the BioShock studio', while the other would be working on this new "far beyond the conceptual stage" project.
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