Update 1 Apr, 2016: BioShock: The Collection has now been rated by the ESRB, further confirming its existence.
Those pesky ratings boards are at it again, reconfirming the existence of a combo box of the three main Bioshock games coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One at some point soon. This time it’s the Entertainment Software Rating Board making the hiccup, who govern videogame ratings in the US. There’s no details on if the collection features up-rezzed versions of the original games or is more of a straight port and repackaging.
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You can read the full entry above, or on the website itself. Ratings board summaries always make games sound like the absolute worst things in the world, and I love them for it. What we might call an exciting action-adventure FPS with interesting political overtones, they boil down to “characters shot in the head at close range; a woman smothered to death with a pillow; a man impaled by a drill; a character nearly lobotomized with surgical tools.” We call it great writing, they’re all about racial epitaphs and how “language such as ‘f**k,’ ‘sh*t,’ and ‘c*nt’ can be heard.”
No official word from 2K on it yet, but it would be odd to not hear about it before E3 unless they’re going for the “and it’s available right now!” angle that everyone, including me, is so in love with at the moment. We’ll update if we hear more.
Original Story 21 Feb, 2016:Those utter rebels over at the Brazilian Advisory Rating Board are at it again. Just a month ago they let slip a PC version of Quantum Break was on the way – something quickly confirmed by developer Remedy. Now they’ve outed what looks to be an anthology release of everyone’s favourite philosophical shooter series. So, is BioShock: The Collection headed to PC?
The South American site claims the collection is headed to PC, PS4 and Xbox One this year, and will include BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite – a trio of cerebral shooters so good, they’ll have you in Rapture(s). If publisher 2K Games confirm the collection’s release, it’ll probably mean more to our console cousins, seeing as we can already run the original releases of Ken Levine’s terrific trilogy at obscenely high resolutions.
Considering Steam has sold all three games in one delicious bumper BioShock bundle for under £7 on numerous occasions, this isn’t exactly the most exciting news. Still, perhaps 2K may give the games a little extra spit and polish if this re-release comes to light, though seeing as developer Irrational Games has now closed, it’s probably best not to hold out too much hope.
Also, I’m feeling thoroughly shame-faced over the fact I’ve spent a piddling three hours in BioShock Infinite. I’d rectify that if it weren’t for the small matter of having another 95 games currently installed in my Steam library, most of which have barely been touched.