was originally given a release date of October which made everyone happy. Today, unfortunately, BioShock Infinite
has been pushed back to February 26th, 2013. We can assume the EU release is now set for March 1st, 2013 as a result as well. Due to this being one of the most talked about, most anticipated games of the year, what follows is the letter from Ken Levine to the community, re-posted in its entirety:
When we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing.
Since then, we’ve come to realize that some specific tweaks and improvements will make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February 26, 2013. We wanted to let our loyal (and very patient!) fans know this as soon as possible.
I won’t kid you: BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter. We had a similar experience with the original BioShock, which was delayed several months as our original ship date drew near. Why? Because the Big Daddies weren’t the Big Daddies you’ve since come to know and love. Because Andrew Ryan’s golf club didn’t have exactly the right swing. Because Rapture needed one more coat of grimy Art Deco.
The same principle now applies to BioShock Infinite.
What does this mean for you? It means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite. The great can be made greater, and we owe it to both ourselves and to you, our fans, to take this opportunity. Irrational Games is one of those rare developers lucky enough to ask the people who sign the checks: “Hey, can we have a few more of those checks?”
We are also going to hold off on showing BioShock Infinite at the big events of the summer, like E3 and Gamescom. That way, the next time you see our game, it will be essentially the product we intend to put in the box. Preparing for these events takes time away from development, time we’re going to use instead to get the best version of Infinite into your hands in February.
That's all of the information regarding this delay from the proverbial horse's mouth. I am sure a number of you will be upset, but at least this means the final product is going to be amazing. Normally here's the part of the article where we link to past media, but somehow, that seems cruel right now and I have no desire to pour salt into this fresh wound. Especially since there will be no new media or even an appearance of BioShock Infinite
at either E3 or Gamescom.BioShock Infinite
will now be one of the most anticipated games of 2013.
If you'll excuse me, I need to go talk osubluejacket
off of the ledge.