After being the subject of numerous leaks over the last few months, 2K Games has finally confirmed that BioShock: The Collection – a remastered compilation of all three games plus their DLC – will be released this September on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Included in the bundle are the original BioShock’s Challenge Rooms, BioShock 2’s Minerva’s Den and Protector Trials DLC packs, and the Burial at Sea (both episodes), Clash in the Clouds, and Columbia’s Finest add-ons for BioShock Infinite.
The Collection will include a director’s commentary feature – Imagining BioShock – starring series creator Ken Levine and lead artist Shawn Robertson. Buyers will also get The Museum of Orphaned Concepts, a museum-style level - previously exclusive to the BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition – that offers a guided tour of some early ideas and concept art that never made the final version of the first game.
2K Games has pointed out a couple of negatives with the BioShock Collection: there won’t be any multiplayer options in Bioshock 2, and the PC version of BioShock Infinite isn’t being remastered as “it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings."
A remastered collection with all the DLC looks pretty appealing, and is a must for anyone who missed out on these brilliant games first time round. But the $60 price tag may put off those who have already played the trilogy, especially as Infinite will come with no improvements. The collection does, however, give PS4 and Xbox One owners the opportunity to experience the BioShock series on their respective platforms for the first time.
BioShock: The Collection will cost $60 when it releases on September 13.