BioShock: Infinite’s world is its “biggest character”

Friday, 28th October 2011 08:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In BioShock: Infinite, the environment is the storyteller, and the characters are the medium through which it is communicated.

“In BioShock 1, I think the biggest character in the world … was the world, the world of Rapture,” Irrational Games boss Ken Levine said in a developer diary.

“In Infinite we’re continuing that tradition as well: that there’s a lot of narrative told in the world, probably on the same scale as with BioShock 1.”

Levine was joined by Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper, voices of Booker and Elizabeth respectively, characters he feels serve as the player’s primary access and connection the the game’s fiction.

“Our challenge is we don’t have a very presentational medium. When you think about storytelling in a lot of games you think about cutting to a cutscene and being locked into place, and that’s not something we really like to do. So we created these two characters,” he explained.

See the full developer diary below, courtesy of Machinima. BioShock Infinite is expected on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2012.

Thanks, Shack.



  1. DarkElfa

    Is this Developer talk for “The environment is more interesting than our story?”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Well the story seems to be centred around interpretations of political movements of early american history, coupled with the ramifications of abuse of power & the sacrifice of Ideals in pursuit of those political goals.

    So It sounds meaty enough… :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Blerk

    If there’s one game I’m not worried about, it’s this one.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Edo

    A bit sceptical about it after seeing numerous game play videos.It seems to be heavily scripted but I could be wrong.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Mineral4r7s

    @1 as far as I understand it they try a different approach at storytelling then cutscenes.

    @4 thats the sickness of modern games. I don’t know if you played BF3 SP in anyway but … its a little less then an interactive movie …

    Or to quote “totalhalibut” (press H for Hero)

    Sure the game will be scripted but as big open world game the scripted events will only occour at main story events.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Edo

    #5 Yeah,I have played BF3 SP but BF3 is all about MP so it’s not the same,and(again judging by the videos so far)Infinite doesn’t really fall into open world type of games.

    #6 3 years ago

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