Ever since it was unofficially revealed as a PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One release almost a year ago, BioShock: The Collection has kept fans of the first-person science fiction franchise enraptured with the possibility of finally being able to play what are arguably some of the best games of the last generation on current platforms. Now, while riding this positive wave produced by nostalgia and fan support, 2K Games has released what is ostensibly the first of several official trailers for the anthology in order to draw even more attention toward the release of BioShock: The Collection.
Entitled “BioShock: Revisit Rapture,” 2K Games’ footage for BioShock: The Collection focuses primarily on the underwater Art Deco atmospheres found within the first installment in the franchise, as it shows off how the environments of Andrew Ryan’s city of Rapture will look with the compendium’s updated graphics. While it’s unclear as to which platform the footage comes from, 2K Games has declared that he remasters’ visuals are going to run at 1080p and “up to” 60 FPS.
As seen in the BioShock: The Collection trailer below, the camera pans in and around various Rapture locales, capturing the lighthouse from the beginning of the game, the Medical Pavilion, Fleet Hall, and even shows a Big Daddy lumbering about. The brief clip also features narration from the title’s primary antagonist Andrew Ryan, as he delivers an impassioned speech as to why he shunned modern society to attempt to build an aquatic utopia.
For those unaware, BioShock: The Collection is set to contain BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock: Infinite, so it’s highly likely that 2K Games will eventually release more videos for the anthology so as to display the visual overhauls of the second and third entries. Speaking of the trilogy in full, all single-player DLC is going to be included for the three games, while BioShock: The Collection also includes a video series featuring commentary from director Ken Levine and lead artist Shawn Robertson.
Although BioShock: The Collection is being advertised as a remaster for the games, it’s important to note that 2K Games has already announced previously that BioShock and BioShock 2 are getting graphical updates for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but Infinite is only receiving a remastered version for consoles. Plus, it has been reported in the past that players on PC could get most of The Collection for free should they already own BioShock, BioShock 2, and/or the Minerva’s Den DLC for BioShock 2 on Steam. If that applies to anyone, then they can get a free upgrade to the remastered version of the first two entries.
Taking into consideration all of the excitement surrounding the release for BioShock: The Collection, now would be as good of a time as any for developers to capitalize on the hype and announce a new game for the series. Of course, since there’s no official word on there being BioShock sequels in production, fans will have to remain content with revisiting Rapture and Columbia for now.
BioShock: The Collection is set to release on September 12, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.