Welcome, Nintendo Switch owners, to Rapture, your home under the sea. Please, stay awhile. Or forever. Now that BioShock: The Collection is coming, we hope your visit with us is a killer…
That’s right, Little Sisters and Big Daddies! BioShock has been officially rated for the Switch.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) January 14, 2020
Stay calm! Andrew Ryan has a plan! Actually, Andrew Ryan is a freaking lunatic but it’s OK! If they’re listing the ratings in Taiwan, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that BioShock: The Collection won’t also be coming stateside.
And that means lucky Switch owners get to…ahem…dive into the glorious world of Rapture and experience the nightmare libertarian dystopia of the first two BioShock games. Then, once you’re done plumbing the depths of the human soul, you’ll be able to ascend to the heights of human vanity in BioShock Infinite.
I never got around to playing the third game (and believe me, it irks me to this day), but if BioShock 1 and 2 were all about claustrophobia, with the weight of the entire ocean pressing down on you, BioShock Infinite is all about acrophobia.
But really, it’s not the fall from the flying city fortress of Columbia that kills you; it’s the abrupt stop when you hit the ground. Here’s the PS4 trailer for the set.
As you can see, the games have been remastered to take advantage of superior next-gen graphics. Seeing this run on the (rumored) 4K graphics of the (more than rumored) new Switch model will be amazing.
And, bonus! All the single-player DLCs are included. You’ll even get a director’s commentary from Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson. Director’s commentaries are fantastic opportunities to take a peek behind the curtain of your favorite games and gain some surprising insights. Don’t skip it, you’ll be missing out.
The downside to all of this excitement is that, seriously!, BioShock: The Collection came out for the Xbox One and PS4 almost four years ago. Once upon a time, it was understandable that Nintendo restricting Switch releases to appeal to a younger audience. But those days are long gone.
Not for nothing, Doom came out for the Switch back in 2017 and that’s about as kid-unfriendly as it gets. I wonder why had to wait this long for Bioshock. Still, better late than never, and the prospect of being able to take Rapture and Columbia with you wherever you go is enough to overlook this four-year snub.
There’s no official release date as of this writing, but it hopefully won’t be long now before we are splicing our way to glory.