BioShock Infinite Delayed to February 2013; Will Miss E3

May 9, 2012Written by Anthony Severino

BioShock Infinite was easily among the most anticipated games for this holiday season. However, this morning, Irrational Games has announced a delay to the game, pushing it out of the holiday season and into next year.

Ken Levine made the announcement this morning, giving BioShock Infinite a new February 23rd, 2013 release date, and issued this statement:

When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing.

Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.

I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.

The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.

What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”

We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box. Preparing for these events takes time away from development, time we’re going to use instead to get the best version of Infinite into your hands in February.

While I’m sure that any game could use more polish, and it will indeed make BioShock Infinite a better game because of the added time, I can’t help but think this delay has more to do with the heavy competition from the annual Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed releases that generally dominate the holiday season.

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