So yesterday news emerged that Irrantional Games, formerly 2K Boston, the people behind the original BioShock – which is, in my opinion is the best game released in the last ten years – were releasing a teaser for their brand new game. If you haven’t seen it, what are you still doing here – head over to the trailer page sharpish!
If you’ve already seen the trailer then you’ll know that Irrational’s new game is BioShock Infinite. Essentially it looks like it’s taking a couple of elements from the original BioShock (steampunk setting, city adrift from the rest of the world, clunking humanoid machines, otherwordly powers) and building an entirely new game on top. To be quite honest, this doesn’t bother me in the slightest – I wouldn’t care if the game took everything including the kitchen sink from the last game and pretended it was all new. The only thing I care about is that Irrational Games and Ken Levine are about to tell a new story through the medium of video games, and that’s enough to make me excited. BioShock is one the best stories ever told in any medium period, so it’s like one of my favourite authors has announced there new book is on the way.
The few sketchy plot details I’ve been able to find out are:
1) The game is set in 1912, rather than 1959.
2) The action is set in a flying city call Columbia
3) The story follows a Pinkerton detective call Booker DeWitt who is trying to free a woman named Elizabeth, who has been imprisoned in Columbia since childhood.
4) One of the powers in the game involves controlling crows.
5) Oh and while this isn’t a plot detail, per say, I have found out that the game is scheduled for release in 2012.
Read that last point again. Yes. That’s right. It’s out in 2012. Two years from now.
Now allow me to articulate what you’re probably thinking.
Why Irrational? Why? To mock me? What’s the point in showing me this glorious morsel if I have to wait another two years to chow down on the main course? It’s just cruel! It’s unfair! It’s downright sadistic and furthermore, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s…
I get it.
Somewhere in a dark tower with lightning crashing outside the window, Ken Levine has thrown back his head in maniacal laughter. I’m sure of it…