2K Games has announced that it has signed an agreement with Digital Extremes to assist in the development of BioShock for the PlayStation 3. Shipping to retailers in October 2008 with new features and content, the PlayStation 3 system version of BioShock is being developed by 2K Marin, 2K Boston, 2K Australia and Digital Extremes.

“By partnering with Digital Extremes, 2K Games is delivering a fully optimized experience that takes advantage of the PlayStation 3 system hardware,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Bringing Digital Extremes on board allows us to continue to deliver the best experience possible to our fans.”

Headquartered in London, Ontario, Digital Extremes brings more than 15 years of experience as one of the gaming industry’s premier developers. Digital Extremes pioneered technological and graphical design within the video gaming industry as the co-creators of Epic Games’ Unreal franchise. Using the experience it gained from working on the recently released Dark Sector, Digital Extremes is partnering with the 2K studios to help optimize BioShock’s performance on the PlayStation 3.

“When 2K approached us to assist with development on BioShock for the PlayStation 3 system, it was a no-brainer,” said James Schmalz, CEO and founder of Digital Extremes. “You really can’t ask for a more exciting, technically impressive world to work in than Rapture, and the incredible knowledge and talent between the 2K studios and our team at Digital Extremes is unprecedented. The collaboration on this project will make the PlayStation 3 system sing with Big Daddy goodness and Little Sister ‘thank you’s’.” Righteo.

BioShock for the PlayStation 3 system will be available in October 2008 and is not yet rated by the Australian OFLC, so anything could happen.