2K and Irrational Games announced BioShock Infinite today. Before I go any further, watch the trailer below.
As you can see, no more Rapture. We are traveling back in time to a city in the sky known as Columbia. The game is set in 1912, and the game is set to be released 100 years later on the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Past the break for more. The city was conceived and built and sent into the sky for the world to see, when the United States was “emerging as a world power”. But something goes wrong and the city disappears into the clouds. In the game you take on the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt. He was sent to the lost city of Columbia to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned there as a child. Him and her work together with their powers to escape the city. So expect plenty new weapons and possible plasmids (maybe under a different name).
“We are excited to expand the world of BioShock, which is one of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and beloved franchises,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “We believe that Irrational Games will lend their meticulous attention to detail and unique storytelling expertise to make BioShock Infinite an incredible entertainment experience that will immerse new and diehard fans of BioShock alike.”
With the original BioShock, Irrational Games won “Game of the Year” awards from Game Informer, IGN, G4’s X-Play, and BAFTA and redefined what players expect from a first-person shooter. “But 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.”