Return to Rapture in the Havok engine-powered edition of BioShock launching exclusively for mobile devices.

by Patrick Shaw

2K Games revealed that it is unleashing a new version of its critically acclaimed sci-fi first-person shooter, BioShock, which is specifically designed for modern mobile devices.

Developed by 2K China, the studio behind Borderlands Legends, BioShock on mobile returns to the original game’s dystopic setting of Rapture.

Set in the year 1960, BioShock casts players as an amnesiac named Jack who discovers a mysterious bathysphere terminus that leads to Rapture after his plane crashes in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Upon his arrival, Jack soon learns that Rapture, an underwater utopia gone to hell, is now crawling with murderous inhabitants including zombielike Splicers and hulking Big Daddies clad in deep sea diver suits.

Players must use an array of upgradable firearms and Plasmid special powers to combat foes and attempt to get out of Rapture alive.

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The PC and console version of BioShock received high-praise from critics and gamers alike, winning several “Game of the Year” awards for its masterful blend of action, storytelling and morality-based gameplay where players must choose whether to save or harvest genetically-engineered children called Little Sisters for ADAM. Saving or killing Little Sisters in the game ultimately shapes how BioShock’s storyline unfolds.

While the new BioShock is largely an adaptation of the original game, it introduces several all-new mobile enhancements including built-in support for Made for iPhone (MFi) game controllers like the Gamevice.

The game’s first-person action and exploration was specifically designed to be played with console-style controls, making it an ideal experience to be enjoyed on Gamevice wherever you go.

BioShock’s visuals, physics and gameplay take advantage of Havok’s graphics technologies, which also powered the physics in the full PC and console version of 2007’s BioShock.

“Just as BioShock redefined the scope of what a game could and should be, the 2K Games team has proven that mobile devices can go beyond simple apps, and offer a wholly mature and complete gaming experience akin to those seen on high end gaming platforms.” said Brian Waddle, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Havok.

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2K Games confirmed that the mobile edition of BioShock will initially roll out for iOS. Gamevice owners will be able to download the game soon as it is currently slated to hit iOS this summer.

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