One of the deepest and most compelling storylines in recent times has been found in the BioShock series. The series is all set to get a new game – titled BioShock Infinite – which seems to be set in a steampunk aerial city. 2K Games has released a new trailer for the game, titled Beast of America trailer, which is supposedly made entirely out of in-engine footage.

The trailer shows some of the possibilities that the game has when it comes to gameplay. Some of the weapons include your standard pistols and shotguns, but the alternative weapons come in the form of grappling hooks for navigating through the floating city, and plasmids – which are magical power you give yourself through use of certain chemicals. In the previous games, plasmids have included things from mundane as setting things on fire to as extreme as being able to shoot bees.

BioShock Infinite is the third game in the BioShock series and is set in 1912 in the sky-city of Colombia, “designed to demonstrate to the world by example the founding democratic principles of the United States, the product of American ideals, endeavor and industry,” according to the description of the game. The city, on its arrival to China, showed its true colours when it turned out to be heavily armed and bombarded a group of Chinese civilians. The government has disowned Colombia and has caused the floating city to go rogue.

BioShock Infinite looks like it's going to have a lot of swinging around

BioShock Infinite looks like it's going to have a lot of swinging around

The player steps into the shoes of Booker DeWitt, charged with the task of retrieving a woman named Elizabeth who has been trapped in the city since she was five years old. The task is difficult for reasons other than lack of information, as there is a civil war taking place on the city between two factions called the Founders – who are the xenophobic ruling class – and the Vox Populi – which is a terrorist group that fights out of blind hatred. Both the factions believe that Elizabeth is the key to winning the conflict, which will create further problems for the hero.

The first two BioShock games take place in the underwater city of Rapture. The player takes on the role of Jack, who discovers the underwater city after his plane crashes near one of the entrances. Rapture is an Objectivist utopia built by Andrew Ryan and has descended into chaos after the residents got their hands on ADAM – a substance that gives you the ability to use plasmids. Jack has to stop Andrew Ryan and his army of splicers so he can escape from the city.

The second BioShock game takes place eight years after the first one. Rapture has been taken over by Sophia Lamb – a Collectivist who is against the concept of Free Will and sets up a cult around her daughter Eleanor. The player plays a prototype Big Daddy and is tasked with saving Eleanor from her mother.

BioShock Infinite is seeing a release on February 2, 2013.

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