Hope you’ve picked up BioShock 2 at some point during the last five years, because you might not have another chance to do so for quite a while. The game mysteriously vanished from Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam overnight without a trace, probably not so coincidentally on the fifth anniversary of its release. Even the App Store version has gone missing!
2K Games issued a statement on the de-listing claiming that it is temporary and that the game will not be affected in any way for those who have already picked it up.
“BioShock 2 has been temporarily removed from the Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network marketplaces and will return to these digital stores soon. We’ll let you know when that happens. In the meantime, this in no way affects the single-player or multiplayer experience for those who currently own BioShock 2.”
A licensing issue is my guess. Maybe an employee somewhere at 2K Games forgot to switch on the auto-resubscribe option. Happens to me all the time. Either that or it’s a problem with the game’s soundtrack.
For what it’s worth, if there was any BioShock sequel I’d like to go back and play these days, it would be this one. BioShock Infinite was a bit of a one-and-done experience for me, but I still feel like BioShock 2 has more replay value and more to offer.
As a pointless sequel to an instant stand-alone classic, we could have done a lot worse. History I think has been much fairer to BioShock 2 than we were back when it was first announced.