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BioShock 2 delayed

Needs more time. First half of 2010 likely.

Take-Two has announced that BioShock 2 has been delayed.

Following the announcement, CEO Ben Feder told investors he expected it to be released in the first half of 2010. The company had said at the very least it wouldn't appear until fiscal 2010, which begins on 1st November.

"The decision to shift a release date is never an easy one, especially with a product as highly anticipated as BioShock 2," said Feder in a statement. "We felt that it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve.

"As a result, we will now be launching sequels to several of our strongest franchises - including BioShock 2, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption - during the next fiscal year."

Feder mentioned moving to an "improved retail environment" too, which may be an admission that the economic crisis along with crowded Christmas schedule represents big risk to a publisher.

We got our last look at BioShock 2 in late May, scrutinising the brand new multiplayer sections. Head over to our BioShock 2 multiplayer preview to find out more.

The game currently has four lots of developers contributing to it. 2K Marin is top dog, with Digital Extremes working on multiplayer, and 2K Australia and Arkane Studios also involved.