BioShock Infinite lifts off in 2012

Irrational's new steampunk action game will be set in chaos-plagued airborne metropolis; due out on 360, PS3, and PC.

In April, Take-Two Interactive chairman Strauss Zelnick said that Irrational Games, the studio that created the franchise-founding hit BioShock, was hard at work on an "an original title that could become another franchise." However, recent rumors had the studio crafting a sequel to the undersea-set BioShock 2, which was developed by 2K Marin.

Gamers' heads will be in the clouds with the flying city of Columbia.

Turns out, both were right…sort of. This afternoon, Irrational formally took the wraps off of BioShock Infinite, a game that bears the franchise's name but is not connected to the original series' story. As outlined in GameSpot's first-look preview, it will incorporate many elements of the BioShock series, such as plasmidlike power-ups, guns, glowing-eyed enemies, and a surreal metropolis embroiled in chaos.

That said, BioShock Infinite is not set under the ocean but in a giant flying metropolis in a steampunk alternate early 20th century. The city, Columbia, was made by the US as a demonstration of the nation's technological know-how and to showcase democracy as it circles the globe. However, as was the case with BioShock's Rapture, the utopian ideals gave way to chaos and madness amongst the populace, a situation complicated by the fact that Columbia is bristling with heavy weaponry.

Commuting between Columbia's sections will have a slim margin of error

Into this mess steps the game's protagonist, Booker DeWitt, a former member of the feared Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which was the nation's largest security company in the late 19th century. According to the preview, he will enter where steampunk robots have replaced horses and people and where crazed citizens foment revolution with strange powers--and lots of guns.

BioShock Infinite will ship in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For a closer look at the game, check out the debut trailer below and GameSpot's video interview with Irrational head Ken Levine.

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RJMGod
RJMGod

I wish this game would be more bigger than the bioshock2!!

NoiseMonkeyy
NoiseMonkeyy

Hmmm bioshock but skyward? interesting to see what happens but very well may be bioshock in a new cast, one to keep an eye on methinks...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I really want to see what 2K does with this. I got Rapture, man escapes under the sea, goes wrong and you're trapped. What's with Columbia? I mean that in a good way, we'll just have to wait and see :D

Sukharevskaya
Sukharevskaya

i am pumped. this will be great i have no doubt--probably a prime, groundbreaking title that is perhaps even better than the original bioshock. but will it recapture that "virgin" feeling when you first play a new game that completely reworks your outlook on all subsequent titles? i certainly hope so, just dont overdo the distopia feel 2k.. make it real, tangible like in your original...

dmitri25
dmitri25

@Joker_851 that actually sounds pretty epic :D

Jerrymiru
Jerrymiru

Looks like it might be fun. Granted the trailer looks GREAT, but I'll still wait for the game in motion.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

oooo interesting :p i hope weather affects the game, that would be neat

takitoes
takitoes

Looks promising. I hope they add plenty of new stuff and move away from the same formula of underwater Bioshock.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Reminds me slightly of the city of Airhaven, from the Mortal Engines Quartet series of books by Philip Reeve. Anyway, I'm highly excited. I think a better title would have been SkyShock though. @Bozanimal BioShock original has had all SecuROM install/activation limits lifted (in 2008 ). It can be installed as many times as desired.

Joker_851
Joker_851

I have a silly idea of what this could be like. I'm kind of using someone else's idea but I forget their name so whoever it is, I'm sorry. But what I'm wondering is if Andrew Ryan was one of the babies that was rejected or a poor, sick child who was not welcome in Columbia. By the way, I read that the residents of Columbia are sexist, racist and hate other religions, focusing only on the American-ness of their city. Anyway, what if Andrew Ryan as a child, is disgusted by the government who run Columbia and dreams to create a world of his own. A better world where there is no government or hate. (Referencing to the sign at the beginning of Bioshock reading 'No gods or kings. Only man.') So he grows up to build Rapture. Feel free to debate because I know it's a silly idea but I just felt like putting it out there.

joeborg14
joeborg14

Sounds interesting for sure, but if it's using the title "Bioshock" without having anything to do with the story, it almost sounds like they're trying to steal a little ride on the coattails of the Bioshock franchise's success... But at least we're getting to see it from the developers of the original and not the sequel!

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

im very interested in this game.i finally beat the first game and will be moving on to bioshock 2 soon

RonTorque
RonTorque

I loved the trailer, can't wait to see more.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

So there'll be sane inhabitants? I can't wait to see 2K pull this one off, should breath life into a franchise that is quickly going stagnant

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@ terror_ninja Bioshock 2 was not a prequel. The game took place ten years after the events of the first game. The only part that was considered a "prequel" was the multiplayer(Which had no story except you had to kill each other), and the opening cinematic, but Bioshock 2 was not a prequel.

criinok
criinok

Extremely well done trailer, hope the game will live up to it. The new logo is also cool

lock445
lock445

Interesting! The first Bioshock was a masterpiece. The sequel didn't hold a candle to it. Hopefully this will bring the series back to its former glory.

p00zer
p00zer

Can't say I care for the name. Even just "Infinite" would be better than Bioshock Infinite, it doesn't really make sense. That said, I'm a total airship geek, and this is gonna be amazing :)..

Chris875
Chris875

Anyone else wodering where the Adam is going to come from? It was originally from a type of sea slug was it not? If the Adam was so scarce in Rapture that it sparked conflict how does Columbia obtain some?

Joker_851
Joker_851

Sorry for double-posting but I also wonder what the enemies are going to be like because Rapture was destroyed and only the insane were left there. In this new city, Columbia, it looks like a perfect paradise. So why is there a Big Daddy-ish creature in the beginning? Will there be splicers or a different breed of enemy? Maybe more robots?! Oh, by the way. The game is set in 1912-which is also one year after Red Dead Redemption is set! Okay I'm done now.

Joker_851
Joker_851

Okay everybody. If you want more details on the game go to the website it shows at the end. www.whatisicarus.com or www.bioshockinfinite.com. It has a synopsis there that explains the story. You're a guy trying to save a woman from a city that, as the Irrational team writes, "literally falling from the sky". It also says "fight foes in high-speed Sky-line battles" and "Engage in combat both indoors and amongst the clouds". So now we all have to make up our ideas of what the game will be like. Ready? Go!

Gairtan
Gairtan

its what bioshock 2 shud have been

Joker_851
Joker_851

@Gelugon_baat About the "Underground city" thing, that was exactly what I was thinking yesterday! And I also compared it to city of ember! It would be cool if they made a jungle-themed Bioshock or like an island paradise gone wrong. But I guess that's a bit like Singularity. Tropishock, synthoshock...something like that.

rynmls
rynmls

like this new setting for a bioshock game..

CyberMew
CyberMew

i might actually try the game this time!

frog154
frog154

Even this is thoroughly hard to swallow, I think I'll devour it anyway

benleslie5
benleslie5

Awarsome, nice idea instead of going to an underwater city

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

Well judging by the logic with the names choices I must ask.

What exactly says underwater suburbia in any of the definitions of the word "Bio" that makes it a worthy logical fit?

bahamat0
bahamat0

Looks interesting, will be waiting for more news and updates about it :) Thing is that some people believe that the game is not Bioshock if it's not set in rapture, whereas some people believe that the game won't be as fresh as the original if it were set in Rapture again, so it's hard for the developers to know how to shape up the sequel. I think that's why they named it "Infinite". Numbered bioshock titles could be all set in Rapture, whereas "Infinite" titles could be set in Columbia.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Also...I bet I know how this game ends! I bet that Columbia falls into the sea, and is 'salvaged' or 'rebuilt' to become the original Rapture.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

@terror_ninja: Bioshock 2 isn't a prequel, it's a sequel.

itsme73
itsme73

I'm not sure about this. What made bioshock so great was being in a retro underwater city with horror elements.

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

Btw I like this idea of AeroShock. I demand it be called AeroShock. Some one COMMAND Irrational to make this so.

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

I really enjoyed BioShock 1, But purposley avoided 2 because I hate prequels purely for the fact that new ideas are in place... in the games past...it just doesnt sit right with me. But seeing how this is something completely different to the old under water-ness. Im in :D and it looks sweet too.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Excellent looking forward to this especially since it's from Irrational. Those guys rock! :D

cds325
cds325

ahh man... why is the game coming out the same year the world ends?... lol jk

apolloooo
apolloooo

My guess is right, they build a rapture - like city in the sky!! a cookie for me

mayankahuja
mayankahuja

Finally out of rapture and into something new.........cant wait.......