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Bioshock Infinite Unveiled: Ocean Replaced By Sky

Anything called "Bioshock" instantly has our attention, especially if it's a brand new breed of the franchise.

After Bioshock 2 released, Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick said 2K was working on "an original title that could become another franchise," while other rumors said a third undersea adventure was planned. Well, the result is sort of a combination: a game that's in a completely different environment but is still called "Bioshock." It's Irrational's Bioshock Infinite, which was formally unveiled this afternoon. It's set to include many of the elements fans of the series know and love (Plasmid-like power-ups, guns, a surreal atmosphere, etc.) but will take place high above the ground.

Yep, they've pulled a 180, it seems; instead of the depths of the ocean, Infinite will take place in a giant floating city called Columbia. Constructed by the US as a demonstration of the nation's immense technological capability, it eventually runs into similar problems as Rapture...i.e., the constant drive forward resulting in mutations and lots and lots of insane weaponry. You will play as Booker DeWitt, a former member of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the largest security company of the late 19th century.

Bioshock Infinite is slated to release for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2012. We'll bring you more media and info as it becomes available.

Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite

Tags: bioshock, bioshock infinite, 2k games

8/12/2010 3:57:53 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

piratedrunk
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:15:05 PM
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This looks awesome. Can't wait to hear more but I am glad they are going to take their time with this one.

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PAKINIPS
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:25:57 PM

agreed, i hope this can be as much of a classic as the first one.

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wakkaoaka
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:21:04 PM
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woah. ive never played bioshock before (for shame). I've got to give this one a go though, im a sucker for floating cities.

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Karosso
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:30:44 PM

Same here, I really need to catchup with this amazing series :(
Will pickup the first one soon...

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B-RadGfromOV
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:25:33 PM
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Now this is more like it. I really couldn't get into the first Bioshock, due to the confining nature of the underwater setting. This should get me really involved. I can't wait to navigate a city in the sky.

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PAKINIPS
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:29:09 PM
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looks badass

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:35:08 PM
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I'll just say this once:

Bioshock is aaaaawesome. Loved 1. Loved 2. So...just GIMME.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 4:44:28 PM
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Gosh i really need to playthrough the 1st 2 games, i have had Bioshock for over a year. But i guess i played it on the 360 when it was finally released on the PS3, my enthusiasm for it died. But that trailer was very interesting, i'll see that i get round to completing the first game when i go back.

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:05:48 PM
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I've tried to play Bioshock but i found it really boring in about 3-4 hours. The art style is absolutely fantastic and the story telling seems to be pretty good, but i just couldnt get into the gameplay.

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GuardianMode
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:18:58 PM
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PS3+Primary Platform=WIN! ; ; I never been happier. ^^/

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Snaaaake
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:19:52 PM
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How did the Big Daddy get down there that fast?

And the moment he was stopped by the woman, I looked at nothing else but her cleavage. ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:24:34 PM

There was something else besides her cleavage on screen?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:31:57 PM

Now that you mention it, I don't think so!!!

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:26:21 PM
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Hey I live in columbia, though the one I live in isn't currently flying

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:56:54 PM

Bummer.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:11:33 PM

Hey, at least your life isn't threatened by Big Daddys.

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BlackBriar
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:28:56 PM
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Bioshock is a excellent game, so was Bioshock 2, in a lesser degree but overall a solid game, The new looks awesome! Cant Wait!

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NightHawk17
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:35:08 PM
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I heard on the psblog that ps3 is lead platform, so that'll make this even better. I havent played any bioshock but plan on getting 2 soon


and this looks awesome so far

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GuardianMode
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:59:07 PM
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I read the kotaku article to see if they would mention the PS3 lead angle. They did not of course. On the other hand they did compare the Skyline segments to Halo.....yup....Halo.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:12:56 PM

Halo is sci-fi and this trailer shows that it's more like steampunk.

The ****?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:17:09 PM

Well, at least they're consistent.

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TheIllusiveMan
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:15:02 PM
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Now, I know I've missed out here, but I am yet to actually play the first 2 games. I played the demo for 1 on a friends PC. Maybe I should pick them up now?

On a side note, shouldn't it be called AeroShock?

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aaronisbla
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 7:56:53 PM

bio doesn't mean water...

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TheIllusiveMan
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 8:57:50 AM

I never said it did, nor did I even say anything close. I was simply saying that BioShock, doesn't really fit as a name for a game based in the sky. The word "bioshock" itself, when I think of it, makes me think of something somewhat caged and enclosed.

Look at it this way, I was thinking of the Bio part as an enclosed artificial living area. Somewhere that living would otherwise be impossible. Now we are above water and in the wide open sky. No longer enclosed, no longer artificial (as in the environment).

On another side note, BioShock makes me think of Bio-Dome. Both involve man-made environments.

EDIT: I'm still half asleep so if something doesn't make sense, oh well. I've edited this more than once already.

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aaronisbla
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 2:29:03 PM

but that still doesn't explain why they would need to change it to aeroshock. You agree that bio doesn't mean water. So why the name change?

Also not getting the bioshock = caged in your opinion but whatever

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:23:18 PM
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Gotta say that looks totally badass!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:28:24 PM
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All I can say is......WOW, just WOW!!!!!

ME WANT'S!!!!!!!!

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SixSpeedKing
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:41:50 PM
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Well if it's even just half as good as the first two then it'll be amazing. Besides it just looks totally awesome.

A definite buy for me.

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sunspider13
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:51:59 PM
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The trailer was cool, but I might pass for a couple of reasons. Firstly having just beat Bioshock 2 I was looking forward to a progression towards Bioshock 3 and secondly just too much stuff coming out or in the planning stages that I want to play. *sigh*

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naruto316
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 6:54:20 PM
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first i loved the first two games. i am glad to see that this new bioshock is back with 2k boston or irrational games since they made the first one so day 1 buy on this new bioshock

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Him
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 7:16:54 PM
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Reminds me of Up.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 7:20:09 PM

watchin too many kids shows man.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 7:33:35 PM
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that trailer was awesome! Very excited, despite the fact I havnt played the 2nd yet! I will though, soon enough!

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aaronisbla
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 7:59:04 PM
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Here's hoping that this game will deliver, Bioshock 2 just didn't make nearly enough strides to be considered a true sequel imo, it could have been a pretty large DLC from the looks and gameplay. Almost no true improvements over the first game. Its a good game but 1 was much better in almost every way. And please, no tacked on, halfed assed multiplayer please. If you do it, do it right

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FM23
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 11:32:40 PM
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Man, I saw this trailer earlier on Gamespot and all I could do was smile. Bioshock 1 was one of my favorites games this generation, while 2 was a 8.5 at best though the little sister ending made it seem more enjoyable than it actually was after all that repetitive adam collectiong/protecting got irritating. Agile Big Daddy's were flippin annoying. No more Rapture...thank god...don't think they could do anything to make it seem cool again. The Sky looks like a real treat. Gamespot's explanation of the demo has me excited.

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Victor321
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 12:01:34 AM
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I've always shown interest in the Bioshock games, but have never had the chance to buy the games, mainly because of other games that I wanted to play more.

Well, this one's on my wishlist for sure, and since Bioshock Infinite is a prequel, this is a great way to start off my Bioshock experience =D!

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RebelJD
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 1:06:09 AM
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That trailer was pretty darn cool (Bioshock Infinite).

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Sol
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 3:29:04 AM
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The trailer is exactly like that of the first...

Seeing this new Big Daddy equivalent makes me anticipte greatness.

This will be another gem to collect.

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___________
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 4:10:02 AM
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just one question.
what the ^%$# does this have to do with bioshock?
one minute were in a city called rapture covered in water, and now were in Columbia?
im lost, hopefully they link these 2 titles properly instead of this just being a spin off or something.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 8:19:33 PM

So...Bioshock is restricted to one setting? All games of the same name have to be in the same environment?

Ever heard of...like, Final Fantasy?

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___________
Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 9:29:34 AM

where did i say its restricted to one setting?
they can have the game wherever the hell they want for all i care as long as they link the games.
if a games part of a series you cant just throw it into a new area willy nilly and not explain how it got from where it was to where it is.
thats the main problem with uncharted 2s story, theres no link what so ever from one to 2.
and the games constantly hinting at previous history between drake and flyn, and drake and chloe but never fills you in on the past.

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Nerull
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 4:14:26 AM
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Still got at least half left of #2 but I'll be lookin forward to this one too.

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JackC8
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 7:12:35 AM
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Looks pretty interesting. I only played about an hour of Bioshock, I'll have to finish that sometime. I think the whole floating city thing could be fairly exciting.

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Robochic
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 8:16:53 AM
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I love the first and second Bioshock games, they were awesome so I am really looking forward to more info on this but really anything from this developer is awesome :)

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Amazingskillz
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 12:17:05 PM
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You have to play through the whole story of part one to understand what kind of series the bioshock games are. Parts One and Two were just insane!! Part One better story & Part Two better combat. The plasmid upgrades and combo's in part two are just sick! How can anybody complain about taking it to the sky. That trailer looks badass! This is a day one purchase for sure. Oh yeah, I hope they either scrap the multiplayer or do it right. That ish was wack!!!

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frylock25
Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 4:56:10 AM
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*drool*

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