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Groundbreaking blaster BioShock is coming to iPhone and iPad this summer

Will you bite the Apple?

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Product: BioShock | Publisher: 2K Games | Genre: Conversion, Shooter
For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

2K is to bring underwater first-person shooter BioShock to iPhone and iPad this summer, as a premium-priced app with MFi controller support.

If you haven't played it, BioShock takes place in the submerged city of Rapture - a failed objectivist utopia, left in ruins.

The last few survivors of the city are jacked up on a plasmid called ADAM that alters their own DNA and gifts them superhuman powers.

As you explore the ruined city you'll tweak your own genetic code to get new combat abilities. And you'll figure out how Rapture met its doom, by finding audio diaries and talking to the last sane(ish) survivors over the radio.

You'll also meet the Big Daddies - hulking great ogres in retro diving suits, who emit haunting whale-like screams and drill a hole in your sternum if you try to grab the Little Sisters (girls who are trained to extract ADAM) in their charge.

Big Daddy

It's a rich and imaginative world, basically, filled with iconic characters (like sadistic playwright Sander Cohen and Rapture ruler Andrew Ryan), engrossing backstories, and crunchy combat scenarios.

It's a direct port, but "we had to make some minor changes to the graphical features due to limitations of the hardware," says senior producer Brian Lowe, "such as removing dynamic shadows, or changing the way fog is displayed."

Otherwise it will be exactly as you remember it, and 2K has added an art book within the app as bonus content. It'll be in the price of the game, though - no in-app purchases here.

Vending machine

You can see how it looks, and find out a little about how it plays, in our video above. 

BioShock is coming to iOS in the summer, and requires an iPad Air, iPad 4, or iPad mini 2, or an iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S. No current iPod touches are supported, and Lowe says 2K has "no immediate plans to bring BioShock to Android."

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Mark Brown 4 August 2014
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Jul 2012
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Solm | 11:57 - 28 August 2014
Hmm not sure I will get this for IOS. I have it on Xbox 360 and PS 3. I've completed it twice. But for anyone who hasn't experienced it (I'm sure there are one or two people that haven't played it) it's well worth it.
May 2014
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Adrian Werner | 07:04 - 28 August 2014

Yes. It's the same thing with Mac. Buying it you should know you will only some of the games from Windows and even those you do you will often get a lot later. It's just a thing you have to accept when buying Mac/Android
Aug 2011
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Pistols | 22:15 - 10 August 2014
My mate develops on android. Not managing to make a living out of it but trying. Biggest problem he finds is people want the games to be free. The other problem he has is all the different phones. Whether running the same Version of the OS or not he can't afford to buy all modern phones, but notices issues on different models. I was testing for him on a Moto g and if there are more than 4 sounds the last sound is clipped (for example). I am not a developer but get the impression it may be easier on IOS...anyway to hell with bioshock..I want system shock 2!! :)
May 2013
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Jeff Moreira | 16:47 - 8 August 2014

I can only speak for myself but I have an Android phone (Nexus 5 ) beucase the OS in better IMO and, I had all iPhones up to 4, just got fed up of Apple and it's cripple system.
Even now they are still catching up with Android (and now Window phone as well).

To keep saying that Android is fragmented just proves how little you know about the OS, last time I checked Jelly Bean/Kit Kat was on 73% of the current devices and, even the other older version of Android should be compatible with most of apps released.
Of course, there is the hardware limitation for certain apps and Bioshock would be one of them. Just high end phones would support it.
When you say that games run smoother and look better on iOS, that is just pure BS. The looks are definitely the same, however some hiccups might happen on non-pure Android devices (ie. Samsung). I personally never had any problem with my Nexus in terms of performance.

2K already release a game on Android (Xcom) so I don't see why they couldn't do the same with Bioshock.
If there are too many devices to port, just limit the number of devices then. That is an option that they have at Google Play store, they can limit the number of the devices they want.

I agree with your second point though, at the moment, iOS apps make more money but, the gap is closing so that might change in a non so distant future.
Aug 2014
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MattPerkins | 21:06 - 5 August 2014
First let me say to those who buy Android. You should know before you bought your device that all the best apps and games come to iOS first, it always has been that way. You complaining won't change it. If mobile gaming is that important to you, you should've bought an iDevice, it's that simple.

Now for the reasons why games like this come to iOS first. First reason is games run smoother and look better on iOS, plus with Android fragmentation it takes longer and a bigger file size to make it run even close to as well on Android as on iOS. If they released this game at the same time on Android, it would be slow and crash a lot.

Second reason revolves around where the money comes from. While Android leads in total users, iOS has 75% of all mobile app and game sales. Developers don't care about number of users, they care about where the money comes from. iOS makes them more money thus, iOS is gonna be their main focus. So if you wanna stick with Android and you want more focus on Android, then stop downloading free apps/games and start buying more high quality apps and games.
Feb 2014
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@BradleyGroot | 19:48 - 5 August 2014
People on reddit were ragging on it, but that'd be a pretty sweet game to play on your iPhone 5s with one of those clip on controllers. Wish it was coming out for android so I could play on my note 3 moga controller... :(

Wouldn't touch that with just touchscreen controls though...
Apr 2010
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jeffyg3 | 11:25 - 5 August 2014
I've already beaten this on the Xbox 360...it was great, but idk if I'd buy it again. Happy to see this on iOS however...I love having all these gaming options on my Apple devices.
Nov 2012
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Karma Tiranitu | 11:13 - 5 August 2014
I went from Android to iOS cause of the games.
I'm a big gamer. gaming on Android has become stale and ever since I got an iPhone/iPad combo, gaming on mobile devices has become extremely fun again. Plus I'm finding iOS to have much less problems, no viruses/more security, runs smoother and the apps and games are far better.

I was an Android fanboy at one point, so I understand. Having experienced both systems on newer devices really sheds the fanboy mentality tho. I still like Android, but after using iOS it's hard to go back. I still go back to my Galaxy for the emulators, but playing old games has gotten stale too for me.

Anyways. BIOSHOCK for iOS. WOOOOOT!!!!!
May 2013
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Jeff Moreira | 11:04 - 5 August 2014
To port something to Android you don
Aug 2014
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Kyle Howard | 22:21 - 4 August 2014
First KOTOR now this. I'm starting to hate apple
for more than just its crappy devices useless IOS
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