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When is BioShock going to be released?
BioShock's street date is August 21st of 2007. European Street date is August 24th.
What systems will BioShock be on?
BioShock is currently an exclusive for Xbox 360 as well as Windows XP and Vista based PC's.
But I heard it may be released for Sony's PS3 ( playstation 3) in the future. Is this true?
There have been no announcements from 2K or Irrational Games that BioShock will be ported to other systems.
Is this a Sandbox game?
Yes. As described by Chris Kline (Lead Programmer at Irrational),Are there any load times? If so how long are they?In Bioshock you can move freely back and forth through sections you've already visited, and indeed you must do so for many of the quests.
Answered by Chris Kline (Lead Programmer at Irrational)Are there any aiming crosshairs in this game?Load times in Bioshock are reasonably short (20-40 seconds, depending on whether or not you are re-visiting an area you went to before, due to autosaves). In addition, they are few and far between -- only when you are making a transition to a major new area.
As a rough guess, once you get past the initial introductory areas, I expect that you might experience one load for every 1-3 hours of gameplay.
Answered by Ken Levine (Irrational's General Manager and Creative Director)Does BioShock have Multiplayer gameplay?There is a reticle, and there are iron sights/zoom for most weapons as well.
BioShock was designed to focus on a unique and exciting singleplayer experience only. To discuss more about this subject please see this thread: Multiplayer?
Will there be a playable demo before the games release?
A playable demo for Xbox 360 is available at Xbox Live. A PC demo is about to come. The developers try to make it available before release.
Hey! Why was the Plasmi-Quik changed to GeneBank?
Answered by Ken Levine (Irrational's General Manager and Creative Director)I heard you can kill the Little Sisters? Is that true?You can blame me and Jon Chey for this one- the fault lies right at the top! Our testing indicated that people saw a Plasmi-Quik machine and said "What the hell is that?" and never used it. Once we renamed it, people started getting it almost right away.
Weird, but true. I love the old name, but I also like when, you know, people use the character growth system...
You can't physically harm the little sisters by means of weapons (which will be explained in the game). The actions you have toward the Little Sisters are either harvesting 'Adam' from them or rescuing them. Harvesting the Adam from them can cause them to die.
Are Little Sisters the only source of Adam?
As of now (and it's far too late to change again!) Little Sisters are the *only* source of ADAM.
I heard there will be a BioShock Limited Edition. What does that entail?
Answered by Elizabeth Tobey of 2k Games:Is Bioshock gonna be region free?Available on August 21st (the same day as the regular BioShock edition), the LE will include a Big Daddy figurine, a “Making Of” DVD, and a soundtrack CD. The LE packaging will also be an embossed graphic designed by the winner of the Cover Art Contest going on now at www.cultofrapture.com.
The BioShock Limited Edition will be available to US and Canada exclusively at GameStop and EB for US$59.99 (PC LE) and US$69.99 (Xbox 360™ LE). The Limited Edition will also be available in other territories and details about ordering a copy will be coming soon.
The Collector's Edition will be available at selected retailers in Australia and New Zealand as well as most European countries including:
Answered by Lead Programmer Chris Kline
Is BioShock compatible with DX10?The main version that supports EFIGS (english, french, italian, german, spanish) will be a worldwide release, so that version will run on machines worldwide. This version, however, is Unrated for Germany and will not be sold in Germany.
The special version that will be sold in Germany has a different rating and supports German and English languages only.
Answered by Elizabeth Tobey of 2k Games:Many of you have been asking if BioShock would utilize DX10 feature set. The official answer is that yes, BioShock will be utilizing DX10. However, for those of you who won't be upgrading by August, don't worry. BioShock will also run with DX9.
Will there be subtitles for Bioshock?
Answered by Chris Kline (Lead Programmer) in this thread:
Do I need the game DVD in my computer to run Bioshock?Yes, there will be subtitles available if you want them. They can be disabled if you prefer not to see them.
-Chris Kline, Lead Programmer, Bioshock
Can I use my Xbox 360 controller with the PC version?
- Yes, you can.
For more news and general information related to BioShock and the city of Rapture please head to www.cultofrapture.com