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Bioshock Infinite: "A World-Shaking Narrative Experience?"

We always applaud drive and ambition in most any walk of life. The two Bioshock titles thus far have been excellent, but there's always room for improvement.

Irrational Games boss Ken Levine told Game Informer that he won't be happy with "good" or even "great;" he wants Bioshock Infinite to be known as a "world-shaking narrative experience." Bold words, but we have complete faith in this team; Levine said simply:

"We want this to go down in the history books as both a world-shaking narrative experience, but also a ‘Holy s---! I was in this combat and let me tell you what happened! It was awesome!’"

He also mentioned that he'll implement a bit of the old-school System Shock as well. In talking about the story, Levine ran into criticism for the fact that "whenever you encounter somebody, they're behind a piece of glass" in Bioshock. And although he admits to getting "rich and fat off of that trick," it's gonna disappear in his new project.

At the same time, Art Director Nate Wells talked a bit about the unique setting (a fictional 1912 America set in the floating city of Columbia). Said Wells:

"We wondered if this time period would bear fruit, and it became clear very quickly that it would. We were able to play with history and draw from history in the same way, and cherry pick what we want and leave what didn’t serve us."

If you don't reach for the stars, you won't impress anyone. We loved both Bioshock games, which is why we're crazy psyched for Infinite, and...well, we're just big fans of designers who not only want to make the best product possible, but also wish to give us something truly memorable.

Related Game(s): Bioshock Infinite

Tags: bioshock, bioshock infinite, irratinoal games, ken levine

9/14/2010 10:17:17 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

to_far_apart
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 12:38:56 PM

Looking forward to it, I'm a big fan of Bioshock.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 10:32:59 AM
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Good to hear.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:03:11 AM
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Cool. I'll be waiting. Besides Medal of Honor and Killzone 3 this is the only other FPS series I'm interested in.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:42:02 PM

you're gettin medal of honor? if so we're going to have to get a match goin.

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alcrowley
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:16:50 AM
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I only played the first one on the PC, and although playing with almost all of the graphics settings on low, I enjoyed very much. It´s nice to see good a game with such good history, great music and sound. This one can be awesome, but I think it will be difficult to top the "shock & awe" of the first one. Let´s hope they can deliver.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:32:50 AM

Give 2 a spin if you can. It's worth it.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:42:29 AM
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cool i can't wait this game is already my 2012 most anticipated game.

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Kokushi
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:46:02 AM
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Cant wait to play this game but a question for people with hdtv, are the subtitles in Bioshock 1 in hdtv impossible to read or is only in sdtv?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:59:57 PM

Subtitles in all games are only crap in SDTV.

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frylock25
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 12:48:21 PM
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this is a D1P for me. i love the bioshock series. i am playing through the dlc for 2 right now. love it so far. i cant wait to hear more about this game.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:57:35 PM

World, thanks for that info, I always wondered what was wrong with most of my sub-titles.

I always play my games with subtitles on my 32"SDTV, just in case the background sound happens to garble out the voices(which seems to happen a lot).

Plus, I've noticed that 99% of the subtitles are either so small so that the letters seem to blend into each other, or they're wrongly color contrasted against the background, that always makes them too fuzzy & almost unreadable.

Shame some developer's don't think to do a slightly bigger print, and color contrasting, of their subtitles.
Come to think of it, maybe if some of those developers, actually balanced the different sound out a bit better, I wouldn't even need to turn the subtitles on at all.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 1:26:17 PM
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I only just bought the second over the weekend, and hearing this really has me more amped for Infinite. I really hope the story can match up to the amount of talking those fellas over at Irrational are doing.

At the same time, I kinda wish they would shut up. We have still got almost eighteen months before the earliest possible release.
Peace.

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B-RadGfromOV
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 1:51:40 PM

haha, I think they're just a little excited, give em a break ;) But yeah, they should talk it up like a half a year before it releases, not now, when it's so far away.

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Amazingskillz
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:06:09 PM
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This is the number 1 fps I'm waiting for. The plasmid/weapon customization is just outrageous. I'll admit I didn't buy the game initialy because of the cover. I thought it might be too wierd to get into. I thought it my be some type of twisted pedophilia or something. I bought part one for $16 at Blockbuster. Tomakealongstoryshort I freakin loved it so much I reserved part two 2 months in advance. Cant wait for Infinite!

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RebelJD
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:41:17 PM
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Infinite will be my first Bioshock purchase. Looks too cool to pass up on.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 2:57:55 PM
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Not to mention the epic cleavage.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:51:26 PM

Amen.

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Amazingskillz
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 3:14:00 PM
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@ RebelJD - Why haven't you bought Part 1&2? They were great. Just read any review.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:03:17 PM
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RebelJD,
You should really backtrack by picking up B1 & B2, they are just that good!!!!

Should be able to pick em both up a lot cheaper now too.

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Robochic
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 1:53:34 AM
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Can not wait for this game, big bioshock fan :)

@ Jawknee dude I'm getting medal of honour as well we defently have to get a game going :)

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___________
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 4:47:29 AM
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i cant wait till this is out, GG had a interview with the series creator today and suffice to say he was really tight lipped!
really looking forward to this though, both bioshock and bioshock 2 are pure masterpieces!
shame this wont be out till 2012 :(

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