Irrational Games and 2K Games today released a two-minute teaser trailer for Bioshock Infinite, the forthcoming title which won the Game Critics Awards “Best in Show” prize for its showing at this year’s E3 convention.
The teaser-trailer’s release precedes a scheduled July 7 broadcast of a 30-minute Bioshock Infinite special on Spike TV’s “Game Trailers TV.” The broadcast is set to include a play-through of the game’s 14-minute demo and an interview with Irrational Games president Ken Levine,
The teaser trailer, available here, introduces audiences to former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth within the floating city of Columbia. In the game’s world, Columbia is a floating city that resembles the United States of the late 19th/early 20th century. The game takes place in 1912.
The first Bioshock immersed players in the underwater city of Rapture and a violent critique of Ayn Rand’s proposition of the virtue of selfishness. Game critics – especially philosophically-inclined ones – regard the title’s “would you kindly moment” as a pointed commentary on the illusion of choice within video games.*
Bioshock 2 also took place among the art deco architecture of Rapture, but Bioshock Infinite trades that venue for the Americana of Columbia. I expect the game’s writers to use the venue to express some kind of satirical viewpoint regarding American politics and culture, while simultaneously providing players with the chance to shoot at many, many enemies.
Bioshock Infinite is being developed for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.