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New game from Bioshock creator Ken Levine is reportedly in development hell

Published: 09:58, 04 January 2022
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Ken Levine's Ghost Story Games are nowhere near releasing their new game which is reportedly going through development hell. 

Ghost Story Games, the studio formed by Bioshock creative lead Ken Levine, is having some troubles delivering their first title. According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Ghost Story Games' debut project has been in development hell due to shifting design goals and an overly ambitious vision. 

The game, which is described as a sci-fi shooter set on a "mysterious space station" where three factions would respond to players choices and actions throughout the story, has been in development for nearly eight years and won't be coming anytime soon according to the people familiar with the development. 

The initial release date was set for 2017 but as of 2022, the project has been rebooted multiple times, doesn't have an official internal title and it's nowhere near close to releasing.

One of the biggest issues with the development is that the scope of the game is way too large for a small team of 30+ developers. The report mentions some complex systems including a "complicated dialogue system that would morph based on player choices". 

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People familiar with the matter state that the game's release date is at least two years away. That would put Ghost Story Games title ready for release sometime in 2024. 

The full report includes some additional details about Levine's managment and Take-Two's role in the troubled development. You can check out  the full report here. 

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