Although neither the article nor Schreier hinted at what the secret studio could be, astute observers have noticed that Hangar 13 and the now-defunct BioShock 2 developer 2K Marin are both situated in Novato, California. "They're careful about not falling into the same problem every studio has, where they have too many people and nothing for them to do." explains one person now working on the new BioShock - at once revealing that they're still early in development, but that there's a clear plan in place for a core construct to build the title around. In the midst of the conversation, the report drops an exciting detail: an unannounced BioShock game is now underway. Mafia III was published by 2K Games, owners of the BioShock franchise and publisher of all previous BioShock titles.
Despite Ken Levine's Irrational Games shutting down in 2014 and shutting down all hope of a future for the BioShock series, it looks like the series may be poised for a comeback.
"If anyone from Hangar 13 tried to strike up a conversation with them, they'd say, 'Oh, we can't really talk about it, '" a source close to the studio told Kotaku.
However, it wasn't as easy as just bringing Hangar 13 employees over to work on BioShock.
"The issue is that Parkside's not ready for lots of people", said another person involved with goings-on at the company.
The last new entry in the BioShock series was BioShock Infinite for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in March 2013. We heralded BioShock Infinite, especially as it connected back to the original game with its DLC expansions. "They're careful about not falling into the same problem every studio has, where they have too many people and nothing for them to do". He claims that a new BioShock is in development at a "top-secret" 2K studio located in the San Francisco Bay area. There's a high probability this title is Borderlands 3, but BioShock also fits the bill.