What's this secret message in BioShock Infinite?

So, this is going to sound strange, but work with us for a minute. We're capturing footage of BioShock Infinite for our video review, and we hand the footage over to our video editors, who proceeds to go through said footage in order to find good clips to use in said review. Simple, right?

But while looking through the footage at high speeds, one of our video editors hears something. So he speeds up the footage, and... there's a voice. And it's saying... something. We have no idea what it is, but here it is, presented to you for dissection (note, it's from the The Fraternal Order of the Raven section, only about an hour into the game, so it should be light on spoilers).

Time's falling? Can't catch up? In two years, time will catch up to us? We have no idea. We tried playing it backwards, slower, faster--nothing. Let us know if you figure it out. If you're still unsure about what it all means, check out this spoiler-filled analysis of BioShock Infinite's ending.


  • michael-hunter - April 18, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    I was hearing 'trapped in us' instead of the first 'catching up' i think It is more Easter egg than secret plot device though.
  • WooddieBone - April 8, 2013 1 a.m.

    Two men..and time smiling from ketchup
  • mbavalo - April 7, 2013 5:01 a.m.

    A new kind of Easter Egg? Maybe? Try a latin translation maybe
  • nekobun - April 6, 2013 3:53 a.m.

    There's almost no way that sounds like one line. The two lines I think I'm picking out of the round are: Time for me to choose to be near (here?) All, in time, will catch up to me. The latter definitely fits the game. The former's not clicking as much for me though, so I may be off.
  • Slayer11496 - April 6, 2013 12:41 a.m.

    I don't think it's either a joke nor a hidden message. They probably just took that clip, edited it, sped it down about eight times because the end result is a creepy undertone for their level. Developers do that stuff all the time.
  • TheNobleRobot - April 5, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    I'm with Ventanger. You don't hide messages like that unless it's a joke, certainly not in a video game. I mean, they knew people would record video of the game, but the chance of any gamer following clues to find this is so remote that it's extremely unlikely that it's an actual secret message of any kind. It's probably just an audio outtake from one of the recording sessions that was re-purposed by the sound designer, because it's easier to create a droning sound effect than to record one naturally. It might even be a random royalty-free clip from a sound library. I bet Ken Levine doesn't even know about it.
  • StrayGator - April 5, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    two men, one claptrap
  • Cruddi - April 5, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Sounds like "two men, two times, starting to catch up with us" it has something to do with Comstock and Booker being the same guy. But I can't work it out.
  • Cruddi - April 5, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    *Possible spoiler do not read* Or it could have something to do with Rapture because it does feature only briefly at the end.
  • shinkeidei - April 5, 2013 12:02 p.m.

    Also, I don't know if you guys noticed also but everytime Comstock speaks on the megaphone, you can hear Booker muster the same line. . .
  • wesley-simmons - April 5, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    I wonder if there's any other cases of this in the game. It definitely sounds lyrical and melodious... Does anyone recognize it?
  • codystovall - April 5, 2013 9:49 a.m.

  • CitizenWolfie - April 5, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Sounds to me like "Two rips, time's parting will catch up to us" but I wonder if all of us are genuinely hearing those words (the last part at least) or if auto suggestion is playing a part. Either way I'm definitely getting "time's X will catch up to us" which sounds far too in-keeping with the game's themes to be coincidence
  • Xtapolapopotamus - April 5, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    I really hope this isn't just some incidental, reading-too-far-into-things... thing. Irrational is one of the most clever developers so it'd be great to see if they planned this as some sort of clue. Who knows! The "two years time is catching up to us" theory sounds best to me, though.
  • estranged520 - April 5, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    Plus, there are probably a crapton of artifacts on it since it's sped up so much, so that's why everything's hard to understand. "Starting" might be "parting" and "to catch up to us" might be "will catch up to us". But I'm pretty sure it's "Took away, and time's starting to catch up to us."
  • estranged520 - April 5, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    Pretty sure it's "Took away, and time's starting to catch up to us." Catchy melody, too. :3
  • weezerbholly - April 5, 2013 2:29 a.m. You can clearly hear a female voice saying "Time's starting to catch up to me." Piece it together Gamesradar.
  • weezerbholly - April 5, 2013 2:36 a.m.

    Sounds like another duet from our two lead actors.
  • taokaka - April 5, 2013 2:28 a.m.

    I got "two eyes, two men, in times far they will catch up." which is pretty damn close to what senorsuave got and helps me support my theory that Booker is Andrew Ryan unless the pair of men have a couple of eyes missing.
  • CitizenWolfie - April 5, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Interesting, but it's also plausible it refers to comstock and booker if that's what the words are

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