"Bioshock Infinite" Documentary Reveals Origins of Columbia

February 1, 2013 | Alex Ramirez

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A new Bioshock Infinite teaser is out, and this time the team from 2K Games throws us a curveball, delivering a fictional documentary teaser about the floating city of Columbia and its fanatical founder, Zachary Comstock.

Entitled "Truth from Legend: A Modern Day Icarus," the video summarizes Columbia's founding as part of a turn-of-the-century technology fair, Comstock's zealous exploits, and Columbia's secession from the United States. The best part of the footage may be the ending, which shows off Columbian artifacts—a clever bit of metafiction.

The Bioshock series features narratives about extremists and the dystopian societies they create. The first game received near universal acclaim for its portrayal of the Ayn Rand-inspired Rapture, a city under the sea built by ultra-capitalist and fervent individualist Andrew Ryan. Bioshock 2, though not as beloved, switched gears to explore a post-Ryan Rapture run by a more communistic, cult-like society. In both adventures, gamers witnessed the dark, creepy, and dangerous ruins of a once-great city reduced to violence committed by genetically enhanced psychopaths.

Audio recordings of Ryan and other key figures fleshed the backstory beautifully in both games, but given Bioshock Infinite's 1912 setting, it's unclear whether recordings of Comstock and other important figures will be lying around Columbia. Of course, anything is possible with a floating city! There's also speculation about whether Infinite shares the same universe as its predecessors.

After two delays, Bioshock Infinite is now slated for a March 26, 2013 release date.

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