Game Informer has revealed its trio of incredible BioShock Infinite covers for the month of October, as well as a few in-game screenshots.
Illustrated by Irrational’s own Robb Waters, the covers are unique in the history of Game Informer in that they dispense with the magazine’s standard layout and logotype in favor of an entirely “in-character” design. The look directly evokes period publications like The Saturday Evening Post, whose early 20th century cover artists included legendary figures like Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker. These three beautiful covers depict key characters from the world of BioShock Infinite: the massive porcelain-fisted Handyman, Charles and his crows, and–most crucially–the imprisoned woman Elizabeth and her imposing protector and warden.
The back covers, by artist Michael Swiderek, are fictionalized advertisements for various products offered to citizens of Columbia, including Sky-Hooks to traverse the soaring Sky-Lines that facilitate combat and movement in the city; a piece of patriotic piano sheet music; and the mysterious Murder of Crows. A bit of the effect of Murder of Crows can be seen in one of the new Game Informer-released screenshots, but it is also featured more fully in the upcoming gameplay video.
crowejohn20 | September 7, 2010 11:51 am
I have a murder of … Crowe’s every Christmas. Ho Ho see what I did there… :s… no..OK I’ll stop :(.
As always looks great! I think you’ve nailed that pre-war magazine feel. Looking forward to the game play footage.
opheliaxrolo | September 7, 2010 12:17 pm
I love this!!! Retro magazine covers are my artistic favorite 😀
dannysal | September 7, 2010 12:35 pm
Wow. Nice work Robb! They are so good it’s difficult to choose a favorite.
mastigias | September 7, 2010 12:43 pm
Good covers, and I hope, the game will be good too… =)
venom11 | September 7, 2010 1:05 pm
that cyborg looks awesome!! i can’t wait for the whole gameplay video!
fearscythe | September 7, 2010 1:11 pm
Love the ‘Post’ style cover. Very nice.
rapture | September 7, 2010 1:34 pm
Yep, Robb Waters is one amazing artist and a very nice guy to boot.
roxy | September 7, 2010 2:04 pm
Just beautiful! I cannot wait to get my copy of GI in the mail. I may just have to buy 2 more copies to get all of the covers. hehe
nohjo | September 7, 2010 5:24 pm
Vanderwall, booker DeWitt.
I think Infinite will have a lot of dutch in it. 😀
nabeel | September 7, 2010 6:21 pm
nomardll769 | September 7, 2010 6:25 pm
Amazing! The covers are so well designed; with a lot of attention to detail, and art style. Cheers to Michael and Robb!!!!
benporter | September 7, 2010 6:37 pm
I’ve already contacted my uncle to try and procure me the three different covers. Damn you, Game Informer! You American magazine, you!
perfectdarkling | September 7, 2010 7:45 pm
I saw these over at gameinformer.com over the weekend. They’re gorgeous. I can’t wait to see that gameplay demo.
chrisdaman | September 7, 2010 8:54 pm
the powers in 2 are suprisingly borin but dat alguhdz i rekon dae shuld put a wae were u can combined powers to make unique powers of ur own dat wuld be mean aye?
rybow73 | September 7, 2010 11:16 pm
Loving the covers still. They definitely have a Norman Rockwell “Saturday Evening Post” look, and I definitely dig that.
I remember when I was a kid, my grandma had a huge book of his drawings, and it makes me enjoy the art-style that much more.
huffenstein | September 8, 2010 12:38 am
These covers look amazing! I can’t wait for my issue, and I can’t wait for this game.
seantheartist | September 8, 2010 3:28 am
This looks simply amazing! Jebus, it’s gonna be epic.
axident | September 8, 2010 4:04 am
Love it, can’t wait to get mine. 😀
sacboi | September 8, 2010 5:35 am
I can swear I had a dream about those covers in my ninth grad English class. Which was two years ago! 😯
So that’s what the giant bird looks like. You’ve definitely recaptured the “WTF?” feeling for me.
It’s funny. All the things like the handyman and the giant, steam punk bird looked kind of stupid in my head, but Irrational was able to make those things look as badass as possible. 😀
The covers look awesome, by the way.
September 8, 2010 1:00 pm
BioShock Infinite’s Handyman Revealed News…
A screenshot has emerged of BioShock Infinite’s mysterious Handyman character, revealing what looks very much like a Victorian weightlifter with giant wooden hands that is bound to give Rapture’s notorious Big Daddies a run for their money. …
See Original Post at http://www.gamefeeds.info/2010/09/08/bioshock-infinites-handyman-revealed-news/
aaronsg2k3 | September 8, 2010 2:52 pm
Game Informer has the best covers. It would be nice if I could buy framed prints of some of the them.
swamiepstein | September 8, 2010 3:38 pm
That art direction is excellent. Great covers.
muskellounger | September 8, 2010 4:57 pm
Those are gorgeous! I love the Marlow’s Vigors ad. I can’t explain the look in his eyes. He’s like, “here! go kill people! Thanks!” *caresses bottle*
icelumni | September 8, 2010 6:35 pm
Big fan of the series and this one looks exactly like what I was looking for, a bright yet creepy game, this should do it… though the new “big daddy” characters don’t look like I’d hoped they would, giant hands included.
rybow73 | September 9, 2010 10:27 am
I’m still not sure that they are the equivalents to Big Daddies…just kind of a new form of character altogether.
nyokou | September 9, 2010 12:34 am
Oh my goodness. I am DEFINITELY seeking out the other two covers after I get the one from my normal subscription to GI. o.o’ They are GORGEOUS!
deadman321 | September 9, 2010 2:54 am
Hell yes!!! Gameplay video!!! WOOOOOHHH!!! Can’t wait to see the game in action!
ftrapture | September 9, 2010 9:40 am
Porcelain Fisted = Break his hands and make him cry
halloweenie | September 9, 2010 10:32 pm
Looks like I will have to track all three down…
ochrisius | September 13, 2010 3:08 pm
I loved all the advertisments in bioshock 1 & 2 from posters to plasmid videos. I think its safe to assume they will be just as humorous in infinite
ochrisius | September 13, 2010 3:13 pm
i loved the posters and plasmid videos from bioshock 1 & 2 and it looks like they will remain humorous as always
ochrisius | September 13, 2010 3:15 pm
murder of crows i assume will be similar to insect swarm
lordabi | September 25, 2010 12:17 pm
This is pure art. Awesome.
suicideking1990 | October 4, 2010 11:15 am
love the covers look like the old victorian catalogues
mrjwaters | October 17, 2010 2:19 am
Awesome pictures. I remember when the first Bioshock was just coming out. Those were some good memories.
magicmaker | March 17, 2011 11:54 pm
Seriously love these, especially the ads.
March 23, 2011 11:27 am
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