The face of BioShock Infinite's hero revealed

In the original BioShock, the unknown nature of the main character is part of his appeal, and that mystique includes the fact that you never saw his face. We were just as in the dark about the appearance of BioShock Infinite’s main character Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent escorting the strangely powerful Elizabeth through the war-torn floating city of Columbia. Now, thanks to the cover of the most recent issue of EGM, we now have a face to match the name.

The digital version of EGM scored the reveal (not that we’re jealous or anything) as part of their recent preview. Booker looks about how we'd imagined, a mix of grizzled and dashing in a 1910s kind of way. The cover was created by Irrational’s internal art team and shows the dapper Booker defending Elizabeth from some off-screen threat that’s shining a light on them. By the way, any comic book fans recognize the reference this cover makes?

That’s right, as BioShock creator Ken Levine confirmed on Twitter it’s an homage to Uncanny X-Men #141, the first part of the classic storyline Days of Future Past. Of course, Infinite takes place in a dystopian past, while the X-Men story takes place in a dystopian future, but if this cover was meant to subliminally associate BioShock Infinite with the bad-ass-osity of an aging Wolverine, then it did its job.

Jul 6, 2011

Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert is a former GamesRadar+ Editor, having spent seven years at the site helping to navigate our readers through the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation. Henry is now following another passion of his besides video games, working as the producer and podcast cohost of the popular Talking Simpsons and What a Cartoon podcasts.