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09-20-2009, 04:22 PM
So far no SWAT 5 planned. Anyone hear differently? Please share any info you come across....

The developer who made SWAT 4 who was formerly known as Irrational Games Boston because 2K Boston and is now under the 2K label, while Activision / VU owns the SWAT franchise.

The best we can hope for is for either 2K Boston or some other developer to make a faithful spiritual successor or sequel.

Right now 2K Boston has their hands full with a new PC project (rumored to be an X-com reboot) in addition there is talk that they are involved in BioShock 2.

From the Developer:

Hey Everyone!
Some of you might remember us as Irrational Games, the studio that brought you titles such as SWAT 4 and Freedom Force. Our name might have changed but we're still dedicated to creating evolutionary and immersing experiences for gamers.
A lot has been happening at our little studio since BioShock launched and we became a part of the 2K family. We can't tell you exactly what we're working on just yet, but when we have some news, we'll announce it here, so stay tuned.
2K Boston continues to expand, and we need more creative talent than ever before to help with production. Click in our careers section to see what jobs are currently available, there might be a role to suit you!
Thanks for stopping by and we hope you look forward to the announcement of our next big title.
In the meantime, check out our PowerPoint Presentation on The Art and Technology Behind BioShock's Special Effects as presented at GDC.
Click Here to download the PowerPoint Presentation (4MB/.zip).
-The 2K Boston team

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Activision Blizzard owns the rights to the SWAT series, so the chance of seeing Irrational Games/2K Boston doing the sequel is pretty much zero. If a sequel comes, it will be developed by someone else.

The most recent SWAT game, which was released to the PSP, was developed by 3G Studios.


09-20-2009, 04:39 PM
Source: GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/news/6215034.html

2K Boston's 'next big project' is a 'shooter'
By Tor Thorsen, GameSpotPosted Aug 10, 2009 1:02 pm PT

Original BioShock studio hiring veteran designers to work on "unannounced" action title; is it an X-COM spin-off, a SWAT sequel, or something else entirely?

Speaking with GameSpot in March, 2K Boston cofounder, president, and creative director Ken Levine gave the following advice: "If somebody wanted to know what was going on at 2K Boston right now, there's only one way: apply for a job with us." He went on, saying that the developer formerly known as Irrational Games "still needs more, many more people to come and get involved in our Next Big Thing."

Can you smell what The Levine is cookin'? No?
Now, it appears that the no-longer-underwater 2K Boston is indeed bulking up its staff. The studio is hiring a principal combat designer, multiplayer level designer, and level designer for a single mystery game. All three positions mention that the shop's "next big project" is "an unannounced shooter." Reps for 2K Games had not commented on the job listings as of press time.

With 2K Marin (and several other studios) working on the recently delayed BioShock 2, the mention of 2K Boston's next project raises several possibilities. If rumors that Levine's team is working on a new entry in the X-COM series are true, then the project could be a shooter spin-off of the classic sci-fi tactics franchise, a la X-COM: Enforcer. (Hopefully such a project would receive better reviews than its predecessor.)

However, if 2K Boston, which is owned by Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive, has multiple development teams, that means it could be working on a proper X-COM sequel and a second project. Possibilities range from a SWAT 4 follow-up to a shooter based on another classic Irrational franchise, such as Freedom Force. (The System Shock IP is owned by Electronic Arts.) The studio could also be quietly laying the foundation for a return to the first-person BioShock series--or readying an entirely new IP altogether.

However, whatever 2K Boston is currently working on, it is indeed "big." Last month, Levine told industry specialty site Gamasutra that his team has "a scope and ambition in mind which is more ambitious than anything we've ever done. Even more, substantially more ambitious than BioShock."