BioShock 3: Where next for the story?

What we want to see

First up, Eleanor has to go to the mainland. As captivating as Rapture once was, we’re done with it now. The problem with such an isolated, stylised environment is that it can only offer so many possibilities, however many leaks and political regime changes it springs. Another game set there would kill the environment’s appeal dead within the first hour, and BioShock can do much cooler things elsewhere.

Above: Somewhere beyond the sea...

One oft-overlooked fact about BioShock 2’s backstory is that Rapture is no longer as cut off from the rest of the world as it once was. Once Sophia Lamb started abducting girls from the mainland to turn into the city’s new wave of Little Sisters, she started attracting attention. At least one parent discovered Rapture’s location and journeyed there to rescue his daughter, and although he didn’t make it out alive (audio diaries reveal that he was captured and chose to become a Big Daddy over execution so that he could continue to protect his child), the chances are that Rapture has been, or will soon be, somewhat more plundered by travellers from the outside world.

Above: Rapture filtered steadily through this is an amazing prospect

So it’s entirely plausible that the world will already have felt the city’s influence by the time Eleanor arrives. BioShock 2 is set in 1968, so her arrival should probably occur in or just after the same year. By 1969, youth counter-culture was in full swing and society was exploding in all kinds of directions. Hippies were everywhere. Punk was just about to take off. Woodstock was happening. So were the Manson Family murders and the Zodiac killings. The radical left-wing Weathermen organisation was formed, which soon after led to riots and bombing protests. Man landed on the goddamn moon. If you’re not already excited by the effect that mixing Rapture into this period would have, then give up on excitement forever. In two words, “Holy shit”.

Above: Rapture + Woodstock + this = Also amazing

Whether arriving with Eleanor or already there (we prefer the latter idea), we want to see Plasmids blended with the concept of late ‘60s/early ‘70s drug culture. We want to see the socio-political interplay between the left and the right explode through Rapture’s spliced-up lens. We want the concepts and ideals of Ryan and Lamb’s nightmare melting pot filter through the outside world at this most turbulent and significant of periods. Counter-culture Splicer-Hippie communes. Societal backlash. Brand new Rapture philosophies thrown in and mixed around with real-world history. Cities, countries, and even a whole world slid off course by the slow but steady infiltration by Rapture.

Above: New York would just be a starting point

We want bigger, more open environments. We want the extra options the real, wide world would offer over the modular, self-contained Rapture. We want a longer time-scale, so that we can see Rapture’s progressive influences work through the world in multiple directions of the course of years.

In short, this world could be the visual, intellectual and emotional peak of the series, blowing everything previously in the franchise (and in fact, gaming) out of the water. If done to its fullest, it would keep the important things, but change everything at the same time, completely recontextualising everything we know and love about BioShock and giving it importance and impact from a whole new angle. It would lift what the series does to a mind-blowing new level and evolve the future of the franchise with indefinite, exponential potential to explore.

We want it. We want it so desperately. Please be reading this, 2K Marin. All that we've said before is forgotten.

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  • jonny-richardson - April 10, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    maby go in a door what was borded up yh know and you get to smash through it or summut whatever happens i'll probaly like it
  • jonny-richardson - April 10, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    id'e really like to be able to walk through some of the old places like Fort Frolic and see Jacks work on sander cohens requiem and just see it and go in maby another room and see some of the things he'd hacked or maby start at th welcome to rapture part and see some of the people that you killed and everythings got even worse like the moled haha and then maby just have the option to go to the old maps that would be awsome but with a purpose of course cant be runnin around medical pavillion for no reason maby just pop back for something
  • SgtYoshi - March 13, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    I just noticed: 1960 = the new era of guns from M16s to A line of good old assault rifles and handguns.
  • SgtYoshi - March 13, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    As noticed: In bioshock 1 Evil ending a submarine is noticed entering on top of rapture. Why not somehow try to link 1 with 2 OR have that same submarine appear above rapture. Possibilities are A: You are a person on board that sub sent to check out what is there. (Because who doesn't want to be a navy man) [Ok never mind but still a good idea.] ._. So. Alternative 2, Eleanor (Yup we always have to include her) Finds Whiff of a rumor that in the deepest parts of rapture a plasmid known to re-start lives (Doc give me that defibrillator!)Desperate for her father back She sets back down to rapture to uncover the deepest unknown horrors of rapture not even discovered yet. As well as that surfaced submarine sending people down (Probably a long time later) to see what is down there. [Yup. That's Navy organization for you. Go on ahead and see whats under a light house in the middle of flat out nowhere]. Just my theories don't judge me = )
  • macksmommy08 - July 20, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    I think it would be awesome to have the game set in rapture but play the game before all the people went crazy and see how it happened i dont think bioshock will be bioshock without rapture but that is my opinion as disburbing as this game was i found it fasinating i loved every bit about it i hope they make 3 just as good i know they will but we shall see
  • Sukharevskaya - July 10, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    wow, before i read this i thought eleanor becoming the new rapture tyrant bringing splicers to the surface would suffice for another sequel...the final option is a brilliant take. please, 2k take a strong direction like this one. dont send us back to rapture yet
  • carlosmartinez - June 16, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    i think it going to be about the little brothers failed experiments with the big daddy and that why they changed it to the little sister experiment, the little brother's had a violent and aggressive behavior
  • jamaca - March 22, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    a good one would be you choose what happens like in the begining you have 4 choices that are the endings from 2 and you can carry on from them and can change your choice at any time in the game you save
  • mfish27 - March 21, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    If you listen to most of Andrew Ryan's audio diaries, he is always making reference to the outside world. IN the Journey to the Surface at Ryan Amusments, you get to see what Ryan thought of the land dwellers and why he decided to create rapture. When I played through journey to the surface, I knew where the series was aiming to go. The title bioshock is not reserved for only an underwater utopia. The underwater city is simply the breeding ground for the spliced-up neo human. What would the story be without getting to release the altered beast upon the world in a Godzilla-like fashion? Ryan's radical idea of the outside world will surely be demonstrated in the third installment; just think back to the displays you saw in Journey to the Surface. The people and ideas that he mentioned in his museum are sure to make an appearance. Its almost as if splicing will bring out the metaphorical views of governement corruption and conspiracy and throw them into the physical. We WILL see the mainland through Ryan's eyes, and I agree that there could be no better time period than the late 60's to do so.
  • SMonkey - March 21, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    I think that if there was a BS3 it should have been before BS 1! It should have been with the normal people where you live as a man and you start to discover the dark secrets of Rapture!
  • jamaca - March 21, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    why not for the begining it shows the ending where delta dies by her but lets say a plasmid floats up and she uses it on delta and he comes back but he slippes and falls to th depthes an has one lastfight with a big sister and gets abck up to fin her gone and sets out to find her amd you play a splicer who survived but was given the power to morph and takes the form of elenor and they set of and then another cut scene shows the real elenor in the city and has a job and then she hears a familar sound ad sees a protype big dadd an sees delta and then de;ta sees her and kills the splicer and then he gets taken away and she sets off to find him in rapture causes some splicers formed a groip and she sets of for raptureagain
  • jamaca - March 21, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    if they did it where it shows the very start of rapture and you find a old technolgy based culture and it looks like rapture and o salvage partsfrom it but when you finish the city theres a cut-scene where wierd things walk towards you and you kill them but you find jares by them and use it and get a wierd feeling and you discover the basic chemical code for adum
  • WaldoOfWhere - March 20, 2010 3:43 a.m.

    You know what i really want to see is a Prequel to Bioshock that nothing is destroyed. Even something where nothing really happens it would just be cool to explore the whole city without it being destroyed. It could just be a free download for the computer or somthing but seriously that would be sick.
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  • zaldar - March 19, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    if they made a game like you suggest and did it well, I would buy it in a minute and probalby love it to death...
  • tarrow25 - March 19, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    Here's my idea for BioShock3: The Year is 1975, and the world shocked by the discovery of a undersea city in the middle of the atlantic, by the USS Dallas. The crew of the Dallas docks at city to investigate, and are never heard from again. Two weeks later, a small army of treasure hunters, salvagers, historians, engineers and soldiers arrive to find the crew, and pillage the city as much as they can. What they find is Rature in turmoil, literaly falling apart. The splicers are also in turmoil, still awaiting the return of their savior, Elenor Lamb. The crew of Dallas , at least those who have survived, were somehow made to look like gods by the splicers who whorship them. You play as one of the pillagers, come to find your fortune amid the slowly flooding city. However, it suddenly becomes about more then riches, when you find yourself in the middle of a war between the topsiders and the splicers. You are suddenly given a choice: simply escape, without leaving your mark on the city, or help the splicers defend their city, or help the topsiders rape and pillage the city, or you can destroy the city and drop it all into the sea, or start the city back onto the path to recovery by finding a cure for adam dependancy.
  • itlnstln - March 19, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    @Montag: I like that idea as well. Would be interesting to see how rapture would be rebuilt. In my perfect world, depending on how Eleanor treats the NPC's and the environment, it will develop in many ways, and could possibly adopt a great number of Ideologies based on her descisions.
  • itlnstln - March 19, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    Personally, I think time travel would actually be appropriate here. ADAM has the ability to do so much else, why not time. I would think that Eleanor would infiltrate Rapture as it was just beginning and try to destroy it or stop it from turning into what it is now, but maybe she could end up destroying rapture accidentally?
  • bonerachieved - March 19, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    Wow thats a great analysis guys.
  • Blexico - March 19, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    I think to make the new society have the same appeal as rapture, they should fastforward a few years after they get there and the Rapture society of Adam and splicing has had time to take effect then possibly do some flashbacks to the arrival and whatnot. Does that make sense?

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