The Evolution of BioShock

Strange and wonderful. Those are the two words that best describe the BioShock experience. What other game has dared to throw so many bizarre oddities - killer diving suits, cannibalistic little girls, underwater utopias, gene splicing drugs - together in one package? More importantly, what other game succeeds at being this crazy and, at the same time, this believable?

To fully understand and appreciate BioShock's unique achievement, though, you have to know how it started. How it transformed. How it mutated. In order to chart that evolution from weird to weirder, we scoured the creative team's archives for early art, original sketches and concept paintings. Then we asked a senior artist, Hoagy De La Plante, to make sense of it all. The journey he and the art tell, like the game, is a strange and wonderful one.

GamesRadar: Describe BioShock in its earliest stages. What differences would surprise fans the most?

Hoagy De La Plante, Senior Artist on BioShock: Initially, the Little Sister was just a tiny slug that wandered around the environment - you could gun them down if you wanted to. One version of the Big Daddy was this monster with amputated legs, riding around strapped into an antique wheelchair with cannons hooked on. That never made it past the concept stages for obvious reasons.


  • cricket0 - April 24, 2009 8:45 p.m.

    I just want to know how the little sisters got adam when everyone was ALIVE!
  • Seabread - May 11, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    (see last picture)"gold aluminum trim", eh? makes no sense. Good article but thought more commentary on the pictures used or more pictures relating to the commentary would have been nice.
  • katwood92 - April 26, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    People die even in a functioning society. Maybe they collected adam from the bodies in morgues and/or hospitals.
  • Liamrules42 - April 24, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    little sisters were almost chipmunks???? wonder why that didn't work. also "second" isn't original
  • LOUDcarBOMB - April 23, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    Same here man. Great article GR!!! Can't wait for the Bioshock movie coming out in 2010, and Bioshock 2 this year either! I can finally say this, because it's original. SECOND!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ransom - April 23, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Heh, like the Big Daddy in the wheelchair

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