Ken Levine is Making a New Immersive Sim

By Alistair Jones on at

Ghost Story Games, the studio founded by System Shock 2 and Bioshock developer Ken Levine, is working on an immersive sim. A recent job posting (via Gamasutra) references “a creatively ambitious project in the immersive sim genre."

The listing, which is for a cinematic narrative scripter, says that Ghost Story’s mission is “to create immersive, story-driven video games.” Levine’s recent career has been defined by first-person shooters like SWAT 4, Bioshock, and Bioshock Infinite, so that post suggests his next project will have more in common with his early career: Levine was the lead designer on System Shock 2, and also contributed to the early design and story concepts for Thief: The Dark Project.

Much of the rest of the job posting discusses the specialities of the role, but it also suggests that the new game is still a long way off, saying “we are committed to making games that we judge by quality, not arbitrary timelines.” That suggests we might be waiting a while for our first look, but until then, you can always take a look at System Shock 3.