Quatermann Drops Fresh PS3 Rumors

The age-old instutition that is Quartermann (a long-time pseudonym used by anybody handling EGM’s rumor column) has a few new orts for the slop bin this month.

First up is yet another denial of porting the venerable Bioshock to Playstation 3. The exact reason remains unknown, maybe ten-gallon money hats from Microsoft? But it echoes the words of lead desinger Ken Levine. It seems to me that it’s a little late to even consider the possibility of a port a year or two down the road, since he says that there’s been absolutely zero work done on a version for Sony’s console. They’re not even testing the water (no pun intended, well, maybe a little).

That said, what is there to rule out a cross-platform sequel? Publisher 2K seems to be interested in pushing the series hard over the next few years. From a Gamespot piece:

“I’m particularly pleased with the tremendous market response to 2K’s BioShock,” said Zelnick. “It is reported we are the top-selling title at GameStop, less than a month since launch. We have already shipped more than 1.5 million units. Clearly we have a new hit franchise on our hands. And this one was developed internally, and we own the IP. We’re proving our ability to diversify Take-Two’s product portfolio.”

While he did not reveal actual sales numbers for the game, Zelnick also made much of the fact that BioShock has the best aggregate review score on GameSpot sister site Metacritic. He also said the company is considering sequel-izing the action adventure along the same lines as Grand Theft Auto.

2K’s bleeding money and if Bioshock’s going to be the styptic used to stop it, they’ll probably want ensuing sequels on any system that will run them.

The other rumor claims that Sony may dip back into their archives once again and dig another early PSOne classic out of its grave. This time it just might be Jet Moto. Makes you wonder where all the jet ski games have gone these days. Those seemed to be pretty damn popular in the mid-90s. Well, OK, Jet Moto had futuristic water skis that didn’t control at all like contemporary ones, but that’s besides the point. I’d love to see what Sony can do with the water physics on a system like the Playstation 3. It’d be a real showcase for the platform’s prowess.

What else could they possibly revive? I’d give my left nut for a new Jumping Flash on PSN! Playing the original as a PSOne download has brought back memories and it’d be another great vehicle for pushing the Sixaxis’ capabilities. Jerk the controller up to jump, anyone? There’s also Battle Arena Toshinden. Err…on second thought, maybe that one deserves to stay in the past.

~ by Cavin Smith on September 24, 2007.

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