The new BioShock game cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment at Cloud Cham­ber might have a big change com­ing for the series–an open-world struc­ture. A job list­ing at Cloud Cham­ber spot­ted by PCGamesN specif­i­cal­ly men­tions “open-world.”

A senior writer job ad states, “We’re hop­ing to find some­one who can weave impact­ful char­ac­ter-dri­ven sto­ries in an open world set­ting. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will work on dia­logue and oth­er nar­ra­tive ele­ments of the new BioShock, while this per­son will also help come up with ideas for “pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary mis­sion con­tent with design.”

Cloud Cham­ber has 17 open­ings list­ed on its careers page, but the senior writer job ad is the only one which men­tions “open-world.”

How­ev­er, just because one job ad men­tions “open-world,” does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean the new Bioshock game will be an open-world title. Not to men­tion the term “open-world” is not eas­i­ly defined. It could mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent devel­op­ers in dif­fer­ent contexts. 

A spokesper­son for 2K told GameSpot, “2K does not com­ment on rumors and spec­u­la­tion relat­ed to stu­dio employ­ment listings.”

Before this, job list­ings at Cloud Cham­ber sug­gest­ed that the new BioShock would fea­ture a “new and fan­tas­ti­cal world,” seem­ing­ly sug­gest­ing the series won’t return to Rap­ture or Columbia.

Cloud Cham­ber appears to still be in the ear­li­est stages of devel­op­ment on the next BioShock title, but it will def­i­nite­ly be inter­est­ing to see what BioShock vet­er­ans and new team mem­bers will devel­op. Series cre­ator Ken Levine is not involved with the new BioShock game.