Bioshock Infinite Delayed to 2013 and Skipping E3

Bioshock Infinite

Chances are if you’re reading this article you’re really interested in the highly anticipated Bioshock Infinite. Unfortunately, I have some bad news for you. Take-Two Interactive and Irrational Games have officially announced that the upcoming first-person shooter/adventure game won’t be making it to the original release date (October 2012) as expected and it has been pushed to February 26, 2013 instead.

Why has the game been delayed though? This is what Creative Director of Irrational Games Ken Lavine says in the official statementWhen we announced the release date of BioShock Infinite in March, we felt pretty good about the timing. Since then, we’ve uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary. Therefore, to give our talented team the time they need to deliver the best Infinite possible, we’ve decided to move the game’s release to February.”

But in addition to the game coming out a few months later, an official update on Irrational Games’ website says that Bioshock Infinite will also skip both GamesCom and E3: “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,” Lavine says.

Taking into account that a lot of people were waiting for this game to come out later this year, this is definitely bad news. But in the end, if a delay of a few months means that the game will be better, maybe we can all wait a little longer. Those looking for a new shooter to play this fall should consider that Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty. Black Ops 2 are all coming out during that season.

Finally and in case you’ve forgotten how good Bioshock Infinite looks, here are 15 minutes of gameplay footage for you to enjoy.  Note that the video has been taken directly from Irrational Games’ official YouTube channel.