BioShock Creator Apologizes For Final Boss Fight
Eleven years ago, BioShock stunned the gaming world. Players marveled at the world of Rapture and the fleshed out characters. Though the game provided plenty of hints to its major twist, it remains one of the most famous moments in gaming history. Hell, players continue to find hidden secrets to this day. However, the game also gained infamy for a particularly terrible moment: its lackluster final boss fight. Earlier this week, the game’s creator jokingly apologized for ending the game on such a pitiful note.
Wednesday was Yom Kippur, Judaism’s Day of Atonement and holiest day. Traditionally, Jewish people ask for forgiveness and repent for their sins on this day. Levine took to Twitter to express his regrets over the battle with Atlas.
Today is the Jewish day of atonement, it seems. So I'm here to apologize for the naked Atlas boss battle at the end of BioShock. pic.twitter.com/UeaEWV717Q
— Ken Levine (@levine) September 19, 2018
This isn’t the first time Levine has ripped his own game’s ending. Six years ago, he told Engadget “we had that terrible showdown fight at the end — we’re not good at that.” Many in the comment section demanded further apologies, but Levine insisted on only one per year. The thread also sparked some debate about Atlas being naked and genital-based physics. Read at your own discretion.
BioShock fans have mostly forgiven Levine and his team for their sins. After all, the boss fight didn’t ruin the rest of the game, nor the excellent final cutscene. A pair of excellent sequels followed, each with more good than bad. One would expect that a fourth game in the series would result in further excellence. However, neither Levine nor 2K Games have discussed the creation of a follow-up title. Supposedly, 2K’s Hangar 13 is developing a secret BioShock game, but that seems to be just a rumor at this point. Fans may have to be content with the 10-year BioShock Anniversary Collector’s Edition for PS4 and Xbox One.
As for Levine, he seems to have moved on. His next game remains under wraps, but its clear that he’s learned his lessons from his BioShock days. It looks like he’s picked up a few tricks from his colleagues along the way, too.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).