BioShock Infinite takes the franchise sky high
posted on 08.12.10 at 01:52 PM EDT by (@salromano)

Irrational Games has officially lifted the lid on ‘Project Icarus’ today, which we can now safely call BioShock Infinite, which takes the once underwater-only franchise out of the sunken Rapture and into a new city in the sky.

The debut trailer has been released on the game’s website. In it, we see a man gets himself thrown out of a building window revealing the Infinite‘s Columbia sky city.

The game’s set in 1912, where former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt is on a mission to rescue Elizabeth, a woman who’s been imprisoned in the sky city since she was a child. In the game, players will “fight foes in high-speed Sky-Line battles, engage in combat both indoors and amongst the clouds, and harness the power of dozens of new weapons and abilities.”

“When it came to begin work on BioShock Infinite,” said Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games, “we only had one rule: No sacred cows. This game is both true to what people love about the series and unafraid to question every assumption.”

Levine continued, “In order to explore the floating city of Columbia, we needed an entirely new engine. To bring Elizabeth to life, we had to build brand-new animation and AI systems. To create wide-ranging indoor and outdoor firefights at 30,000 feet, we had to rethink, rebuild and expand the BioShock arsenal. The only thing gamers can be certain of is this: the rules of the BioShock universe are about to change.””

It’s in development for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC for a 2012 release. See the trailer here or below. Check out the first three screenshots at the gallery.

  • FAUNA

    I absolutely LOVE the floating city concept, steampunk style, & art direction. This is what we should be gifted with instead of a million boring ‘modern realism’ titles….

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    For some reason I can’t watch the embedded video, but I saw it elswhere and it looks fantastic imo

  • Adam Hunter

    I think it’s a shame that this was called ‘BioShock’. They should’ve started a successor, perhaps with a different name.

    • ryanpry

      bioshock is the perfect name

  • JTX09

    So. BioShock Infinite, huh?

    Well, unlike BioShock 2, which severely disappointed me in comparison to the first, I’m glad to hear that Irrational is back on it. What, to me, failed in BioShock 2 was its lack of capturing the audience with something stunning. Rapture, we’ve been there and done that. It was amazing when we saw it, not so much the second time.

    Now, Columbia. That’s the new Rapture. This will blow minds when we see it. Originality. Gotta love it.

    • ryanpry

      It doesn’t matter if bioshock 2 was still underwater they took you outside of rapture, into a whole new underwater world which you could not explore last time. I will admit some features were the same, but they are the best features and will never be beaten in my eyes. BIOSHOCK will never die!