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.