Originally slated for a release next month, 2K Games' highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning "BioShock" will finally arrive worldwide on February. The underwater first-person shooter will see a simultaneous triple-platform launch on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3; with pre-orders now open at certain online retailers.

BioShock 2 is set ten years after the events of the original game and places gamers in the shoes of the first Big Daddy ever made. This follow-up marks not only the debut of new enemies in the form of other Big Daddies and Big Sisters, but also a fully-featured multiplayer component that serves as a prequel set during the fall of Rapture, adding to the game's splendid narrative.

For those of you who are new to the series, or perhaps would like to replay the original title in anticipation to the sequel, game download service Direct2Drive is celebrating its 5-year anniversary by offering a large selection of (mostly old) PC games for $5 each -- among them, BioShock.