Today, the wraps come off of Irrational Games’ next big project, something that has been cloaked in secrecy on the official site, whatisicarus.com with a countdown clock locking it away until now. Bioshock Infinite is on its way.
That it’s another Bioshock title wasn’t too surprising. That it takes place in 1912 in a floating city was, turning the “Bioshock” brand into more than something that takes place underwater. According to the main site, the story (set in 1912) goes something like this:
“Former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt has been sent to rescue Elizabeth, a young woman imprisoned in Columbia since childhood. Booker develops a relationship with Elizabeth, augmenting his abilities with hers so the pair may escape from a city that is literally falling from the sky. DeWitt must learn to fight foes in high-speed Sky-Line battles, engage in combat both indoors and amongst the clouds, and harness the power of dozens of new weapons and abilities.”
But looking further ahead, what Irrational seem to be hinting at with this change of venue is that the series could be extended into other interesting historical periods where aberrations in technical know-how embrace the social strata of each in surprising extremes.
We had a taste of the 1950′s with Andrew Ryan’s Rapture. Now we’ll get to see what Ken Levine and his crew have planned for the year that the Titanic sank, Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and which stood at the beginning of a decade that would change a world where the spirit of discovery remained stronger than ever.
I’m already psyched over steampunkish take shown off in the first trailer below. Weird science and psychic powers? Irrational is such a tease. The only thing that would probably make it better is a cameo by Edgar Cayce. Or an actual release date.