Spec Ops: The Line does share similarities with BioShock, according to developer Yager.
Lead game designer Cory Davis said that there are plenty of "parallels" in the settings of both games.
"I wouldn't say that Spec Ops: The Line is 'BioShock in the desert', but it does have some similarities," he said.
"Like in BioShock, our focus has been on building a strong atmosphere for an intriguing journey into the unknown. There are also plenty of parallels between Rapture and our destroyed utopian Dubai in Spec Ops: The Line.
"Also, BioShock really gave you the feeling that water was an ever-present element of nature threatening and engulfing the characters and environment. In our game, sand becomes that element and the player experiences it quite frequently in the gameplay."