First released in 2008, Bioshock remains, to this day, one of the most unforgettable first person shooters you can play. The game takes place in the dystopian city of Rapture, an underwater metropolis built upon the ocean floor so that it’s citizens can pursue Ayn Rand style objectivism and eugenics. Pretty soon, everyone’s DNA is “spliced,” they’re all crazy, and it’s total chaos.
It’s a great game, and you can already play it on the Mac, but I never thought I’d see Bioshock come to the iPad. But it very much appears I was wrong.
2K Games has just announced that Bioshock will be coming to the iPad sometime this year. This isn’t some iPad-specific remake or spin-off, either: it’s the first game, running in all of its glory (sans a few fog effects and shadows) on Apple’s hardware.
Touch Arcade has posted a great hands-on video, showing how it plays:
According to Touch Arcade, the game will support both on-screen controls and MFi controllers. The latter is probably the better way to play the game: Bioshock’s pretty difficult even with analog controls, so I can’t imagine it’ll be any easier without them. Then again, the team behind this port was also responsible for bringing XCom to iOS, which was excellent, so I’m hopeful that they’ll work out the touch controls.
Bioshock was previously announced in 2008 as coming to the iPhone, but that port seems to have died on the vine. It sounds, though, like 2K Games is pretty confident that the same fate won’t fall on this Bioshock port: it sounds like it will be out this summer, and cost anywhere between $10 and $20.