BioShock 2, the sequel to 2K Games' moody underwater shooter, isn't coming out until February 9. Folks with Steam accounts can already place their pre-orders, however, and doing so entails a 10% discount that drops the price to $44.99. Not only that, but pre-orders come with a free copy of the original BioShock, too.
Steam's pre-order page tells us a few details about the upcoming game, too. For starters, the system requirements look a tad steeper than those of the original BioShock. The recommended config includes a Core 2 Duo E6420 or AMD Athlon X2 5200+, 3GB of RAM, and either a GeForce 8800 GT or a Radeon HD 4830. That extra steepness is only relative, of course; the 8800 GT's successor sells for just 100 bucks these days, and just about anyone playing games on his PC must already have a decent dual-core CPU.
Unfortunately, instead of relying on Steam's built-in copy protection, 2K Games has strapped BioShock 2 PC to a SecuROM digital rights management scheme. And there's a five-machine activation limit.
BioShock 2 takes place a decade after the events of the first game and puts the players in the shoes of a Big Daddy, one of the most awesome foes from the original. The upcoming game also includes a multiplayer mode developed by Digital Extremes. The multiplayer purportedly offers a "rich prequel experience" by having players fight it out during the civil war that led to the fall of Rapture, the underwater city where both games are set. Alongside the PC launch, 2K Games is orchestrating a simultaneous release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.