BioShock Infinite shipping with reversible cover

Irrational Games allowing users to vote on six potential covers to be included with 2013 shooter.

Gamer not satisfied with BioShock Infinite's controversial box art may be happy to learn the 2013 shooter will come bundled with a reversible cover. Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine made the announcement today, also noting that fans will decide which alternate cover will be included.

Gamers can vote for one of six covers at the Irrational Games website. Levine said print deadlines are approaching quickly, so fans should place their voices as soon as they are able.

Fans not happy with whatever the community chooses are not out of luck. Irrational Games will make "a whole mess" of additional alternate covers available to download and print at a later date. These were not revealed.

BioShock Infinite was delayed last week and is now due March 26, 2013. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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LynnJynh9315
LynnJynh9315

Definitely #5... though I'd prefer it less zoomed in from the original image.

CarsAndGuitarsx
CarsAndGuitarsx

Yep. I'm not happy with the 4th cover. I prefer #6 ALL THE WAY. Once it becomes available I'll use that as an alternate cover. I just need to find glossy paper to print it on.

Hrodwulf666
Hrodwulf666

Whatever they do they should make the cover adsorbent.... Seeing as how so many people will be crying over it.  

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

I have learned to ignore the moronic marketing thinking of game covers.  have games = pc = printer >>> design my own cover. too much money is wasted by these marketing ploys that could well be used to put into making proper games again...

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm gonna collect all six covers!

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

Is this perhaps why the game has been delayed, due to them not being able to decide on the cover?

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

It's JUST THE COVER!

WHY FIGHT OVER IT?

I DUN WANT THEM TO PUT IN EFFORT INTO THE COVER!

i just want them to put more work into the CORE game... STOP MAKING THEM BUSY!!!

CAPS RAGE!

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

I like all the designs, including the original... it's funny that the design that is winning is the one that is closest to the original.... oi....

deon99
deon99

So they rip there cover idea from Uncharted:Drakes Fortune and then steal the double sided cover from Mass Effect 3?

mike2k7
mike2k7

At 3.07 what does he say ? something style 

emptyplatitudes
emptyplatitudes

I love #2. Looks like a Norman Rockwell painting from an alternate universe. Very sci fi. Too bad no one else likes it.

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

Really neat idea. I'll be buying it on Steam, but if I were getting a boxed copy I'd definitely take advantage. The official art is boring generic "guy with gun" crap, and something like Bioshock deserves better.

Guest1001
Guest1001

#6 is the best. Disappointed to see #4 getting so much love though; if it wins, our choices will be "stereotypical" or "artsy-fartsy weirdness just for the hell of it".

 

I don't see why the original cover is so controversial anyway. As far as modern video game protagonists are concerned, Booker DeWitt is downright original; no power armour or stupid haircut, he's older than most protagonists and he wears a neckerchief! A NECKERCHIEF, people! He represents a time when men could wear neckerchiefs without anyone questioning their sexuality.

Razer361
Razer361

This is so stupid. I promise you won't be looking at the cover while you're playing the game.

nikkibuenafe81
nikkibuenafe81

It was delayed due to undecided what art to use.

whackyq
whackyq

I was gonna say anything with the girl in it is a good design, but 4 does look pretty good. They just kind of neglected Elizabeth huh...

buying1999
buying1999

This is about as relevant as the over priced internet ready blu ray player...it's not!! LMFAO

 

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SPuDl
SPuDl

#4 will win.

Borrizee
Borrizee

Like said here before,I care more about the game. But the art and style is unique and beautiful...just like the game we hope.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I'm more Interested In the game than the cover art.

ME 3 has a reversible cover, male Shepherd or female Shepherd on the reverse.

hangman000
hangman000

I don't want the old stereotypical covers like main character standing with a gun or whatever with or without to  2 sidekicks at his side.Make some thing unique or new like the Alan Wake or Skyrim cover.I voted for # 4

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

lol to bad I buy all my games on steam these days so none of this makes a lick of difference to me. I can always google the cover art later if I feel the need. Man companies are paranoid about bad press. They put a new cover on the game to attract the frat boy crowd and people jump down there throats...it's not like the cover was magically going to stop them from buying the game you doofs lol It's a nice touch to offer the other cover arts but you don't need to constantly try to please every whiny b**** on the internet. By the time the game came out no one would have remembered the "great" bioshock infinite cover art scandal of 20 aught 12.

macca366
macca366

Novel of them to do this, but still, did people really give a shit so much about the standard cover..

itchyflop
itchyflop

haha well im definitely buying it now it has a reversible cover !! im sure the games brilliant and i will be buying it it looks wonderful, and a nice touch with the cover.

TheologicVs
TheologicVs

I love design #6! 

Design #3 is my second favorite. I love the colors! 

This idea is pretty cool. It'd be kinda cool to print out my favorite alternative box art as well. It's nice feeling special. 

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Well, that's pretty pointless.

 

#1 looks like the cover to a virtual doll sexgame

#2 could be a robotic monkey simulator

#3 screams Call of Infinite Honor(field) generic FPS

#4 AAAH, my eyes, you monsters

#6 could just as well be the cover to a sick Japanese Hentai movie

 

#5 is the one I'd go for if I'd care about the cover, I don't know what it is about this one but it seems to be the most "neutral" one of them all and on the backside of the case is a short summary about the game anyways to get an idea of what it's about.

Then again, if the game doesn't suck I'd get it on Steam but even if I'd buy it in a store and didn't like the cover, I could always just print out one I like and put that in the case instead - no big deal.

 

Now please cover some actual news about gameplay and copy protection next, ok ? Thanks.

laser00
laser00

I bet the so called "gamer" who disliked the cover are the same people who disliked the hitman absolution nun trailer....

tightwad34
tightwad34

Everybody knows if you get the cover art you want, it makes the game much better.

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

I think I'm the only one who doesn't like 4. The color scheme is off and I would never use it. I love 5 though but if they go by the votes it will probably be 4 and then I'm stuck with 2 covers I don't like at all. Guess I'll buy a new printer and print my own.

onewithtoenail7
onewithtoenail7

#4 by a long shot. its stands out so much more than the original one, or any of the other options; its unique and classy as hell. real glad they took the complaints to heart to; its rare such a small issue gets addressed so sincerely.

 

evfan17
evfan17

I think people need to stop whining about the game being delayed, there is nothing you can do about it so shut up. It wasn't Ken's idea to delay it anyways, it was the game's marketing director who believes the game needed to be polished up. I love the idea of being able to pick out what cover I can have for MY OWN copy of the game :) So everyone just deal.

 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

 @Heazie Well I like number 4, but number 1 is very good which I assume more people will vote for.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

 @deon99

 Mass Effect 3 was not the first game with a double sided cover. The European version of Catherine came out a month earlier and offered a double sided cover, with Catherine on one end and Katherine with a K on the other. Plus Rising Star Games had been doing double sided covers for their games for a number of years now. Like King of Fighters XIII in 2011.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

 @istuffedsunny I've been saying that all along... why the capitulation to a few whiny kids I'll never know.... 

LOWJ000
LOWJ000

 @hangman000

I sort of like 3 but it's not original enough. And to add to your point it's made worse since the gun is pointed in Elizabeth's direction. If he gets startled he might shoot her accidentally!

hangman000
hangman000

 @itchyflop This thing with the cover made you wanna buy it? Covers are important i guess 0.o

LOWJ000
LOWJ000

 @bloody-hell

 But #5 looks like the cover of 90% of Harlequin Romance novels.

Jake518
Jake518

 @laser00 So I'm not the only person who noticed the typo at the very beginning of the article lol.

itchyflop
itchyflop

 @hangman000 ha no was being flippant, im not knocking the game at all it looks one of the nicest iv seen for a while. I was just commenting on quirky idea's from developers, why add a reversable cover it only adds to the cost (unless your dlc it then its over priced anyway). :)

Apastron
Apastron

 @sgt_F79  The first game you describe could be We Love Katamari?  Or Kuri Kuri Mix?  Got both of those.

 

Can't admit to having the second game you describe though...*shifty eyes*