BioshockBack in May we reported that IG Fun would be bringing 2K Games' highly acclaimed title BioShock to the iPhone as well as various BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) handsets.  Since then we've heard little.

At the end of March, the Game Developers Conference 2009 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  (The Independent Games Festival Mobile will correspond with GDC 2009.)  Both Arnold Kim and myself, of Touch Arcade, will be on location for the duration of the conference week bringing iPhone-related game coverage.

A look at the GDC session schedule has revealed that Sean Malatesta, CEO of IG FUN, will be presenting a 45-minute lecture entitled "Bringing BioShock to Mobile." The session description:

This session will cover how IGFUN worked with Take Two Software to bring BIOSHOCK, the Xbox 360 Game of the Year, to the mobile phone. How did the deal come together? What went into bringing a massive brand and excellent game play to a mobile device? We'll discuss potential pitfalls and how they were resolved with attention to quality as the #1 job. In a post-mobile games market, how can you effective launch and market such a Title?

We hope to attend the lecture and share with our readers details of this undertaking.

As a bit of an update on the status of BioShock for Mobile, have a look at the BioShock mobile trailer posted by Pocket Gamer at the end of last year.  (We believe this video is likely of the BREW version of BioShock.)

KiwiBox.com posted a floor interview video with Malatesta in which he briefly discusses BioShock mobile and the segmented download approach the company has in store for mobile gamers.

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  • Vende

    As long as it's better than that Silent Hill garbage, I'll be buying!

  • Vende

    As long as it's better than that Silent Hill garbage, I'll be buying!

  • http://docpop.org doctor popular

    I wonder what's pushed them so far back from their release date.

  • http://docpop.org doctor popular

    I wonder what's pushed them so far back from their release date.

  • Lunchbox

    if apple doesnt accept this someones gna die ¬_¬ haha

  • Lunchbox

    if apple doesnt accept this someones gna die ¬_¬ haha

  • boxy

    Maybe this will be a water puzzle type game (like Pipe Dream). :)

    After playing the Xbox 360 version of Bioshock, I can't stand water puzzle games.

  • boxy

    Maybe this will be a water puzzle type game (like Pipe Dream). :)

    After playing the Xbox 360 version of Bioshock, I can't stand water puzzle games.

  • Kevin

    I mean i'm confused - the first video doesn't look like it's an iPhone game. They say "mobile." does this mean that the iPhone port might be a dumbphone port?

  • Kevin

    I mean i'm confused - the first video doesn't look like it's an iPhone game. They say "mobile." does this mean that the iPhone port might be a dumbphone port?

  • Eric

    What do they know about marketing and releasing a game on the iPhone? Release a mobile version of an extremely popular and great selling Xbox 360 game.

  • Eric

    What do they know about marketing and releasing a game on the iPhone? Release a mobile version of an extremely popular and great selling Xbox 360 game.

  • soakwashrinsespin

    Playing Bioshock for the PC twice through was enough for me. I can't see much attraction to playing something with similar gameplay but much poorer graphics and what will likely be a clunky control system.

    Bioshock for the PC was recently on sale on Steam for $4.99, too.

    Bring on original iPhone-only games!

  • soakwashrinsespin

    Playing Bioshock for the PC twice through was enough for me. I can't see much attraction to playing something with similar gameplay but much poorer graphics and what will likely be a clunky control system.

    Bioshock for the PC was recently on sale on Steam for $4.99, too.

    Bring on original iPhone-only games!

  • dk206

    Still, this is very good news for the iphone/touch gaming community.
    More & more big companies are now getting a footing.
    Meaning more competition, meaning more *quality* games

    (I wonder if this is going to be in the $20 billing)

  • dk206

    Still, this is very good news for the iphone/touch gaming community.
    More & more big companies are now getting a footing.
    Meaning more competition, meaning more *quality* games

    (I wonder if this is going to be in the $20 billing)

  • AntAstrophY

    Cant imagine why anyone who's played one of the high end versions of this game would possibly wanna go back through and play it looking like this.

    In my opinion mobile variations of of big triple A titles like Bioshock are just cash ins my the publishers, but like always i'm happy so see big names like 2K iphone and i look forward to seeing how well it scrubs up.

  • AntAstrophY

    Cant imagine why anyone who's played one of the high end versions of this game would possibly wanna go back through and play it looking like this.

    In my opinion mobile variations of of big triple A titles like Bioshock are just cash ins my the publishers, but like always i'm happy so see big names like 2K iphone and i look forward to seeing how well it scrubs up.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Yeah, i'm wondering too if the price is going to be $20. If the graphics going to be 'mobile' then $20 is freakin steep. The gameplay though, had better be good. All this porting, bleh. So, far it isn't any better then the original.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    Yeah, i'm wondering too if the price is going to be $20. If the graphics going to be 'mobile' then $20 is freakin steep. The gameplay though, had better be good. All this porting, bleh. So, far it isn't any better then the original.

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  • Patrik

    All you people that say "Its still not better than the original"

    OF COURSE its not the same quality and not as good as the original - but in my opinion its still can be a great game and fun to play on the Iphone/Ipod Touch.

    Stop telling that its not the same as the original....

  • Patrik

    All you people that say "Its still not better than the original"

    OF COURSE its not the same quality and not as good as the original - but in my opinion its still can be a great game and fun to play on the Iphone/Ipod Touch.

    Stop telling that its not the same as the original....

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  • iGamer

    Bioshock Mobile= Cube with gayier controls

  • iGamer

    Bioshock Mobile= Cube with gayier controls

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  • Ethan

    its all fake. it never happened!

  • Ethan

    its all fake. it never happened!

  • thefropro

    *5 years later*