Bioshock Infinite trailer looks to the sky for answers

Posted by CB Droege

Irrational Games has released a mock 70s info-reel to promote its new adventure game.

Bioshock Infinte takes place on the compellingly original setting of the floating city of Columbia, a nation founded on a fundamentalist idealization of patriotism and adherence to the constitution of the Unites States. Years later, this Utopia has crumbled under the weight of internal conflict as two groups, the loyalists who support Columbia’s government and the Vox Populi who feel the government itself has become anti-patriotic fight over the right to rule the great cloud city.

The city, of course exists in an alternate history timeline, and Irrational and their writers have done a lot of work developing the background for the story. I’ve been really enjoying the promotions for  the game because of all the world-building they are exposing. They’re attempting (and succeeding, I think) to reveal the world of Bioshock Infinite without spoiling the story, so there is a lot of historical detail available absent of plot. As an alternate history buff, and a fan of great world-building, these promos have been as great for me as any good book or film, despite - so far - lack of plot.

The latest entry in the campaign, Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus, is an intro for a fake info-reel style video which looks like it was produced in the late 1970’s. It talks about Columbia in brief terms as if giving a hint of the material to come in a full-length documentary in a series called Truth from Legend. The short intro details how Columbia came to be, and how it separated from the US.


The interesting thing to note here is that the video is being made to look like it’s investigating mysteries which are decades old, while the game takes place only a few years after the incident in 1901. That last bit, where a fallen room has been found in the mountains, could be a reference to something that will happen during the course of the game.

The plot of the game itself will follow a surface man tasked with rescuing a young woman from the city, which is now embroiled in a decade-long conflict. Along the way, he’ll have to make difficult decisions about who to help, and who to kill, quite possibly altering the future of that world forever, as video game protagonists have a habit of doing. So far, we haven’t seen any indication of if/how the game ties into the lore of the previous Bioshock games. Perhaps we’ll have to play to find out.

Here’s the most recent trailer for the game, which focuses on the pre-order bonuses:

Bioshock Infinite will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows on March 26, 2013. You have to pre-order the game to get the bonus stuff, which also includes a copy of Mind in Revolt if you pre-order on Amazon specifically. It is also available for pre-order over on Steam.