Open World BioShock Plans

Developer Cloud Chamber has posted several job listings for the next BioShock game (thanks PCGamesN). These postings include a UI/UX Designer, a Senior World Designer, a Senior Technical Designer, and a Senior Writer. That last listing in particular has a point of interest, as it reveals the next installment in the series will apparently use an open world setting:
Cloud Chamber is looking for a Senior Writer to join our talented Narrative team to bring the world of BioShock to life once again. Under the supervision of the Lead Writer, and collaborating closely with the Narrative and Design teams, our Senior Writer will craft memorable narrative arcs, write dialogue, and breathe life into our characters. Experience in writing for games, with a particular aptitude for managing the nuances of interactive storytelling, would be ideal for this role. We’re hoping to find someone who can weave impactful, character-driven stories in an open world setting.
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The Flying Penguin wrote on Apr 13, 2021, 11:45:
Solemn-Philosopher wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:16:
I just recently played through Prey (2017) and it gave me similar feelings as the original Bioshock game. It is not quite open world, but I think Bioshock using the similar semi-open concept would be awesome.

I just replayed Prey after giving up in frustration about half way through the first time years ago.

The first time, I had made some bad decisions on weapon upgrades and implants and wound up in a area where I just couldn't get past a boss. This time I did a bit of research first on what upgrades to concentrate on. Very enjoyable game. As you said, not QUITE open world, but more open than it's Bioshock predecessors. I would highly recommended it to anyone who enjoyed Bioshock.
Prey isn't even close to being open world. It's a carefully controlled experience with connecting hubs and it's all the better for it. It's also managed to do a great job with an engine know for being poorly optimised and difficult to work with.

Personally I don't see the appeal of an open world Bioshock game but I'm happy to give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
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I still never could connect the dots to the main character also being the bad guy

It wasn't really your character but an alternate version of him. That's why I don't really care for alternate worlds/time travel scifi. I think it leads to lazy story-telling.
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Solemn-Philosopher wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:16:
I just recently played through Prey (2017) and it gave me similar feelings as the original Bioshock game. It is not quite open world, but I think Bioshock using the similar semi-open concept would be awesome.

I just replayed Prey after giving up in frustration about half way through the first time years ago.

The first time, I had made some bad decisions on weapon upgrades and implants and wound up in a area where I just couldn't get past a boss. This time I did a bit of research first on what upgrades to concentrate on. Very enjoyable game. As you said, not QUITE open world, but more open than it's Bioshock predecessors. I would highly recommended it to anyone who enjoyed Bioshock.
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Apr 13, 2021, 08:49
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I mostly loved Infinite. Thought the world was great and we'll defined. More importantly, your companion actually felt useful instead of like she was holding you back.

That said, the mecha Washington's started getting very old and any fight with them made me grimace.

Prey told its story less well, because of the silent protagonist, but I'd call it a better game than any BioShock. Given how much more recent it is, that's somewhat expected, in some ways, but still a big achievement. I really enjoyed all 3 BioShocks. But Prey was so much fun.

If you combine the openness of puzzle solving and the well realized physical world of Prey with the plots and well realized narrative world of BioShock you have a hell of a game.
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Apr 13, 2021, 00:59
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Citizen P wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 23:22:
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:20:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:04:
Not extreme enough... my guess Volcano Lava Lair WITH Evil James Bond villian. (Still didn't like 2)

For me, Infinite was a real let down. Got the Rapture blues when we had to leave it.

I only finished Infinite this year. It felt phony, in a way I can't put into words. It was trying so hard to be an opposite to BioShock that it felt contrived for the sake of being different. Mind you, I have no suggestions on what would have been better, or what a third installment hopes to achieve.

That actually is pretty accurate. It was a beautiful game, but unless I f'd up somewhere or didn't read enough logs I still never could connect the dots to the main character also being the bad guy.
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Apr 12, 2021, 23:22
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Wallshadows wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:20:
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:04:
Not extreme enough... my guess Volcano Lava Lair WITH Evil James Bond villian. (Still didn't like 2)

For me, Infinite was a real let down. Got the Rapture blues when we had to leave it.

I only finished Infinite this year. It felt phony, in a way I can't put into words. It was trying so hard to be an opposite to BioShock that it felt contrived for the sake of being different. Mind you, I have no suggestions on what would have been better, or what a third installment hopes to achieve.
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Apr 12, 2021, 22:15
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bigspender wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 21:47:
Hope they make it coop and add some puzzle elements. System Shock 2 was amazing with 3 people all using their different class abilities.

S'one of the reasons I'm hoping the System Shock reboot by NightDive does awesome. Means we might get a redo on SS2.

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Hope they make it coop and add some puzzle elements. System Shock 2 was amazing with 3 people all using their different class abilities.
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I'd be down with being able to explore Rapture in detail.
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A multidimensional, parallel universe multiplayer, wtf?
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In the meantime I'd love to see a BioShock RTX.
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Sounds stupid. Bioshock serie is about telling a story to the player, not open-world sandboxing.
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The Half Elf wrote on Apr 12, 2021, 19:04:
Not extreme enough... my guess Volcano Lava Lair WITH Evil James Bond villian. (Still didn't like 2)

For me, Infinite was a real let down. Got the Rapture blues when we had to leave it.
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I just recently played through Prey (2017) and it gave me similar feelings as the original Bioshock game. It is not quite open world, but I think Bioshock using the similar semi-open concept would be awesome.
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Not extreme enough... my guess Volcano Lava Lair WITH Evil James Bond villian. (Still didn't like 2)
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I'm... not sure what to think of, when I think 'BioShock' in an Open-World setting, to be perfectly honest...

Though I'm kinda curious if the first 2 BioShock games could be completely redone as one giant map, so everything is fleshed out a bit better.
Would be interesting if they got full liquid physics going, so you completely flood sections of the city, and have a mechanic to repair/reseal/repressurize it. hm.
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So I guess they'll be combining underwater and cloud cities with maybe something set in space.
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