“Booker, are you afraid of God?” a woman asks before the opening quote screen in Bioshock Infinite. “No. But I’m afraid of you.” Booker responds.
The first five minutes of gameplay footage from Bioshock Infinite reveal a surprisingly religious overtone. After Booker walks into a lighthouse, he finds a basin of water under a sign that reads, “Of thy sins, shall I wash thee.” The next sign reads, “From Sodom, shall I lead thee.” In the background, a record blasts (Give Me That) Old-Time Religion.
Bioshock Infinite lead designer, Ken Levine, told Playstation Magazine (UK) that some of the religious people on his team weren’t satisfied with the way the story was unfolding on the religious front.
“I had some very valuable conversations. One of the characters in the game was highly altered based upon some very interesting conversations I had with people on the team who came from a very religious background, and I was able to understand they were kind of upset about something”.
It’s worth noting that the discussions didn’t cause Levine to retract from the religious elements in any way.
“What I said to them was, ‘I’m not going to change anything to get your approval, but I think I understand what you’re saying and I think I can do something that’s going to make the story better, based on what you said.’ So I did that, and I’m grateful for them bringing in their perspective. The last thing I wanted to do was change something because it offends somebody, but the thing they pointed out was making it a lesser story”.
Bioshock Infinite is set for a release on February 26th.