BioShock 4 is in the works. Publisher 2K confirmed it was in the works in 2019, but to know more about the game is still way further in the future. The lead creatives are known: design director Jonathan Pelling, creative director Hoagy de la Plante, and art director Scott Sinclair, all of whom have experience with the franchise all the way back to the first game.
Now Youtuber Colin Moriarty has given the first real grist to what will doubtless become an ongoing rumor mill. Speaking on his podcast Sacred Symbols, Moriarty says: “It takes place in a 1960s Antarctic city called Borealis. [The game’s] codenamed ‘Parkside’… I’ve been told that the development team has incredible latitude to get it right.”
The ‘Parkside’ codename has come up before: in this 2018 report about Hangar 13 and this 2019 report about a canceled version of Bioshock 4.
“Internally the game is very secret and apparently, totally locked up,” added Moriarty. “Apparently the inclination there is that they understand full well that this game will be compared to what Ken Levine does. And by the way, [2K] is also publishing Levine’s next game.”
As with any rumor, take all of this with a huge pinch of salt. If you want to believe the leak, then both Eurogamer and VGC say this lines up with what they’ve heard. 1960s Antarctica make me remind of The Thing.
Bioshock 4, which other rumors suggest may be called Bioshock: Isolation, is in development at Cloud Chamber Games and has been the subject of many more rumors. Some can be more-or-less approved thanks to job listings—the game has been said to be open world, for example, and Cloud Chamber is looking for writers “who can weave impactful, character-driven stories in an open world setting.”