BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is practically the defining moment in the game’s series, tying Booker DeWitt’s journey through the cloud city back to the origins of the first BioShock. The story behind BioShock‘s second sequel can be confusing to begin with, but that wasn’t enough for Irrational Games, who apparently worked in a twist much like the “ending” to a certain Stephen King series.
Burial at Sea, Episode 1 gave us a story addition which attempts to bring the series’ story full circle, but now there is a second part on its way which could go further toward clearing it all up.
The original story behind BioShock Infinite is that you’re a detective hired to figure out what’s going on at a lighthouse seemingly in the middle of nowhere. After it launches you into a city in the clouds, you meet Elizabeth, a mysterious woman with a missing pinky finger and the ability to travel between alternate realities. Further along, we discover that the city appears to be an experiment in quantum mechanics, playing with the different realities that supposedly spawn from every decision you make. The full ramifications of this experiment rear their heads when at one point you are face-to-face (to face, to face, etc.) with a multitude of versions of Elizabeth.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 trailer reveals a major returning character! Spoilers: http://t.co/nF7JMXRP3A
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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea takes the story and extends it, sending DeWitt and Elizabeth to the underwater city of Rapture, the setting from the original BioShock.
As the preview begins, we get what at first appears to be a scene similar to the beginning of BioShock, with the protagonist lying on the floor and a splicer close by. We soon discover that you’re seeing through the eyes of Elizabeth, and as the younger DeWitt wrestles with a Little Sister in the background, a mysterious man is threatening to kill Elizabeth. Then someone with a guitar nearby tells her to mention something that changes the first man’s mind. Another man in the scene is also Booker DeWitt, who appears to have become Comstock.
Elizabeth is apparently going back to Rapture to find Booker DeWitt, at the request of Atlas. In case the BioShock veterans had forgotten, Atlas was the guy who sent the first series protagonist through Rapture with a series of “would you kindly” suggestions.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, Episode 2 revolves around a supposed tear in reality, through which the technology of Columbia (the plasmids) is being stolen and taken to Rapture. As a result of the tear, there are multiple versions of different characters, like perhaps the younger Booker DeWitt, who it seems only Elizabeth can see (explaining why Atlas can’t seem to see or hear several of the men in the preview trailer).
Multiple realities are starting to tie the latest game together with the original BioShock, and it looks like BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea, Episode 2 will do a more thorough job of explaining the connection.