BioShock to be single-player only

The eagerly-anticipated “spiritual successor” to the System Shock sci-fi horror first-person shooter series, BioShock, will be single-player only. As Shacknews reports, this fact has been made official by a community manager for 2K Games, BioShock’s publisher. The statement reads as follows:

There will be no multiplayer (hold on before you complain!!!!) but for a very specific reason. BioShock features a compelling storyline that revolves around the experiences of one man as he enters the decaying world of Rapture. Having a multiplayer component would have compromised the story we were trying to tell so we made the decision to keep this game as a single player experience. There will be an online component, however, where new content can be downloaded.

BioShock is scheduled to come out for the PC and Xbox 360 in June. The game will be based on Epic’s Unreal Engine 3.0 engine, just like Gears of War, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and the upcoming Unreal Tournament 2007. Since those other games have multiplayer components, perhaps modders with enough time on their hands could eventually shoehorn multiplayer functionality into the PC version of BioShock.

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