Levine: BioShock Infinite ending is unprecedented

Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine says endgame is "like nothing you've actually experienced in a video game before."

Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine has offered a tease regarding the BioShock Infinite endgame. Speaking to Outside Xbox, Levine claimed the game's ending is unprecedented and may not be embraced by all.

"The plot actually gets more interesting as it goes on,” Levine said. “The end of the game…I can't tell whether people will like it or not like it. I can say it's something we're incredibly proud of. It's like nothing you've actually experienced in a video game before. It's quite unique and quite particular to this world, these characters, and this franchise."

Levine did not share further details on what the BioShock Infinite endgame may have in store for gamers. However, he did say Irrational is working to make sure the story doesn't decline in its second half, as the interviewer suggested happened in the original BioShock.

"You had a situation there where you had this amazing character and once he's gone the story loses some of its steam," Levine said. "That is something we took to heart in this game."

BioShock Infinite is due out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC (but not Wii U) on 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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Zignoff
Zignoff

Whelp along with still no information I have seen on  NG+ which has been asked for t be properly put into the game since the first, and this little comment, I think I can wait for it to hit the cheap bin, sorry. I'm sick of these really short FPS with no replay value, and even more so when the pay off for seeing the story isn't worth it, I'm sick of crap like ME3 terrible ending, which the extended cut fix basically NOTHING...

Flowling
Flowling

Unprecedented, eh?  Sounds like code for more ME3-ish "LOL SPECULATION!" which in all actuality is bull*shhh* spelled backwards.  Tread carefully Mr. Levine.

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

That's saying a lot considering the average video gamer plays a lot of games, and has seen a lot of endings.

cephas90
cephas90

I want to like it, I want to like it, I want to like it....

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

i thought it has multiple endings :/

ZackRoyer
ZackRoyer

Unprecedented? It will have a unicorn blasting laser through eyes while the main charater riding his back and firing 2 miniguns at same time singing "Don't stop me now" by queen?

X-Robert
X-Robert

Well in case anyone has forgotten, Mr. Levine did defend the original Mass Effect 3 ending back in March.

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

It actually ends up bricking your system.  You see they are so high on themselves and this game that once you finish it, IG feels you will no longer need to play games, hence it inserts a virus into your system that leaves it unusable.  And I guess that is definitely an ending I would have never guessed.

avatarIVN
avatarIVN

Whenever I read Bioshock Infinite News I am expecting a new delay in the release date. Its kinda an automatic response by now. Anyway, I would hardly believe that an awesome ending justifies to take so long to release a game, especially if there were flaws in the story and gameplay (my main dealbreakers).

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

C'mon, Levine, don't go all Peter Molyneux on us now.

DarthLod
DarthLod

As much as I enjoy the BS games. I don't hold this statement as much value. We've been told these type of "fantastical" things in the past (Mass Effect 3 for example). I do however support them in they're no multiplayer. That was the best new's all year!!!!

lexluis
lexluis

I just hope is not a Mass Effect 3 kinda ending

cptpeg
cptpeg

You'll get to 99% completion and a message will pop up saying: 'Please purchase ending from marketplace'

Evanduil
Evanduil

Levine seems to be missing the whole point of a surprise ending here.

Unholy123
Unholy123

For me BioShock got less fun after

 

*Spoiler*

You killed Andrew Ryan and discovered your past and you realize your nothing but a tool nothing more and you've been used.

*Spoiler*

 

after that and your typical manically evil bad guy boss show down was kinda blegh I'm not saying it wasn't cool and the game didn't end well and overall one of the best games of its time. I just felt the game peaked and you sort of were just going through the motions by the end of it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I get what he's doing and it's not a bad way to go about it, but it could backfire bigtime like Drakillion wrote. I can't seem for the life of me to get interested in this game. Oh, well it'll leave open some time to play something else. I don't get to play all the games I want to due to the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day, and you know work gets it the way and it doesn't help that it seems to take me forever to finish a game.

Drakillion
Drakillion

Mr. Levine, I think you shouldn't hype the ending too much. If you do that, people will have HUGE expectations and if those expectations aren't met, then you will have a ****storm to deal with.

 

What's with this anyway? I like the endings to be a "surprise". I don't want be at the end of the game and go, "Okay, this better be epic as Mr/Mrs. developer says it will be". No. I want to be like, "Nice! I finished the game! Now let's- HOLY CRAP! *jaw drops* I never saw that coming! That was AMAZING!"

Elann2008
Elann2008

I must admit.  Ken Levine has suddenly grown on me.  I never was a big fan, although I've always admired his work from afar.  Brilliant man.  

 

Bioshock Infinite will be my #1, launch day purchase above all other video games.

 

P.S.  Thank you so much for putting this game on the PC.  In all sincerity, I hope Bioshock Infinite sells heaps like Bioshock 1 and 2 did across all platforms.   And then some.

 

halBU
halBU

When the game ends, Ken Levine drives to your house and kicks your dog

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

4 DIFFERENT COLORS OF AN EXPLOSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AWWWW YEAH!!!!!

ESB
ESB

Didn't we hear the same about Mass Effect 3 ending?

oO

baxwam
baxwam

The ending would be like :OMFG MASONS!!!!!!!!!! TEDDY ROOSEVELT WAS A ROBOT,  THE PANAMA CANAL WAS REALLY THE FIRST NUCLEAR BASE ,OH THE HUMANITY!! 

psdsoldier25
psdsoldier25

Thats a pretty damn bold claim. Ok, Ok now i am listening. You have my attention. Bioshock Infinite do not let me down!

translucent17
translucent17

the end of red dead redemption was one of the most surprising and long lasting of any game ive played befor but thats just me I loved that game....

 

Dark_December
Dark_December

I'm wondering if it's truly some endgame content or just a ending? How vague and misleading can you get?

Uruca
Uruca

Will we be sending cupcakes to Irrational next year?

Fembot_Eulogy
Fembot_Eulogy

Oh my! I hope it's unprecedented and interesting, and I hope it's an ending! Duuurrrp!

tgwolf
tgwolf

This claim doesn't disappoint me it only makes me sick, since the most this M-stuff can muster in the way of being 'unprecedented' is being controversial...assuming we still use that word in a way that means it is ridiculously inappropriate...

muppen
muppen

Cue the "complaining about ending" shitstorm. On a serious note; I'm really looking forward to Bioshock Infinite and I'll admit that Ken Levine made me very curious with this statement.

cephas90
cephas90

 @X-Robert That doesn't bode well, imo, but I REALLY want to like this game.

uncle5555
uncle5555

 @cptpeg The future is yesterday ever heard of little game called Asura's Wrath, yeah been there done that, you had to buy the ending for that game.

isshiah
isshiah

 @cptpeg i foresee a time, far off in the future (2013) where that will likely be the case.on topic, however, i've heard grandiose statements about a games astonishing quality before, so colour me unimpressed. as usual, i'll wait till i get my grubby hands on it before i 'pass judgement'.

isshiah
isshiah

 @tightwad34 i don''t know how i set aside 400 hours to play skyrim last year, but i did. high five!

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @baxwam

 That wouldn't faze me one bit, then again nothing surprises me anymore.

HiroArka
HiroArka

 @translucent17 The ending to Red Dead Redemption filled me with rage! It was Aerith all over again!

MXVIII
MXVIII

 @Dark_December Its not vague or misleading, and End-game is just the last part of the game.

Fembot_Eulogy
Fembot_Eulogy

 @Takeno456 I am too, I just find this article rather silly. Regardless, this game will be excellent.

Zignoff
Zignoff

@The_Dragon_Born  Yes, cause that's so totally original and not now one of the biggest cliche endings next to blue birds crapping rainbows disney endings... which I would prefer those over the crap cliche tragic endins...

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @muppen Don't get your hopes up, the guy is raving about HIS OWN WORK! It's an M-rated piece of media, how good can it be? (hint: trick question)

translucent17
translucent17

 @HiroArka

 yea I was a little taken back by the ending to RDR but it fit with the story IMO......  I thought it worked well it's nice sometimes to see a game play out like a drama that doesnt have a completely happy ending.... Heavy Rain had that same vibe but RDR had the curveball ending for sure....

 

Dark_December
Dark_December

 @MXVIII OK, if it's not vague, please tell me what makes the ending so bloody epic and if it's not misleading, tell me wether or not there's a endgame (like something to actually do when the story is over). Waiting impatiently for your insight.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

 @tgwolf  @muppen  Looks like the Puritan Troll is back.  Look douchebag, if you have such a problem with M-Rated games don't play them.  NO ONE cares what you think, or about your psychotic crusade or hyper-morality about M-Rated ANYTHING.  Go drool in a quiet room somewhere.  You need help.