Irrational Games head and co-founder Ken Levine has told Joystiq that the PS Vita version of Bioshock will be “a little different,” although at the moment the developer is still in the very early stages of development.
Speaking as to what the game will become, Levine explained, that for now at least, the goal is not to provide a portable version of the current Bioshock games out there, but rather to provide something which works for Sony’s handheld. “I think for us, the idea we have is a really good expression on a platform like [Vita]. It’s a different goal. And it has to sort of have its own voice in the franchise. If it just feels like a quieter voice in the franchise, I don’t think that works. For us.”
Levine also went on to say that, given the relatively small size of the studio, there is a possibility that some parts of the game may be outsourced to other developers, although if this were to happen Irrational would need to make sure it had a partner which could provide the same level of quality.
“We have a Metacritic average of something like 88 or 89 percent. And the way you do that is you’re very careful with your bets … we made that bet and now we’re very carefully proceeding to make sure that it’s a game that stands tall within the franchise.”
There is currently no release date for Bioshock for PS Vita.