Now that the 2011 Video Game Awards are over, you caught your first glimpse at the new trailer for BioShock Infinite. In case you missed it, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy this new trailer for BioShock Infinite, created entirely from in-game footage, featuring our very own Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) singing a haunting tune perfectly suited to the streets of Columbia. Be sure to let us know what you think of this new trailer in the comments section below. Enjoy!
fuchipatas | December 12, 2011 9:22 am
I’ve been dwelling on this since Saturday and was curious if I was the ONLY one to be slightly underwhelmed by this trailer?!?! The song itself was fitting, and I love Courtnee’s voice, but the footage and the editing didn’t really grab my attention… not like the previous trailers.
felonious | December 12, 2011 10:04 am
Well to be fair the other two trailers were like what ten minutes long. Did I want to see more? Yes and No – I already feel like I know enough about the game. The montage of older clips and the song didn’t move the needle for me but here is one thing to take into account – This trailer was for the VGA audience, many of which may not have seen the first two trailers, could be their first exposure to the game and get them interested enough to check out the previous media on the game.
fuchipatas | December 12, 2011 10:22 am
Yeah, I took the (VGA) audience into account and that reinforces my opinion even more. I believe this was the wrong trailer to use for 1st time exposure to the general public. Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us’ – having come out of nowhere for most if not all of us – was the perfect example of how to captivate an audience, while at the same time revealing very little!
konst | December 12, 2011 11:24 am
I agree in terms of not wanting all that much more revealing of the game, but I didn’t really feel much in terms of this new trailer. The other “clips” did more to encapsulate the feel of the game. For the VGA audience + possible first taste for those there, I think a better selection could have been made to grab more interest.
felonious | December 12, 2011 6:29 pm
I hear ya and don’t even say I disagree with you. It’s hard to say though that it’s the wrong trailer to get interest for first time viewers – cause we have seen the previous media and are therefore affected by that experience. Whereas the Last of Us was indeed everyone’s first trailer of that game and have nothing else to go on and compare it too. Would have to take a straw poll of people who’s first exposure to Infinite was that trailer and what they thought of it to get an accurate answer.
joemommak1200 | December 12, 2011 9:31 am
I couln’t agree more!I was also praying for a release date as well…
calvinnelson | December 12, 2011 9:53 am
A beautiful rendition of in the the Circle Unbroken made religiously ambiguous.
I wonder if it is Courtnee Draper singing?
felonious | December 12, 2011 10:05 am
Read the description of this page and it says its Courtnee Draper singing.
quancro | December 12, 2011 10:45 am
cool .. trailer…..so nice and warm…….just wonder if any one notice.. the diference from the first handy man on the first video .. and the handy man on this video…
vincentdimaio | December 14, 2011 10:42 am
I love the new look of the Handy-man (aka-Bioshock Infinite’s Version of a big daddy) The New Graphics Engine Makes the Sound,Gameplay and Graphics Very Amazing and Realistic!
beabravo | December 14, 2011 1:55 pm
Yeah the Handyman was definitely different. It makes the Handyman look more like he’s being forced into the roll rather than just being created for whatever he’s there for.
vincentdimaio | January 22, 2012 6:04 pm
Yea, the new Handy-man looks way better
juan29zapata | December 12, 2011 11:03 am
Great trailer! The most touching trailer of the VGA’s! I love the direction where you are going, Irrational.
Also, I noticed that hair change!
lasselund | December 12, 2011 11:32 am
I loved the song, but I too was underwhelmed by the trailer. Seemed like the majority of the footage used was from the previous videos they have shown.
joemommak1200 | December 12, 2011 11:44 am
You sir are correct!
rumble | December 12, 2011 11:48 am
Great trailer Irrational. Congrats to Courtnee Draper who covers beautifully the song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Do you plan to release one day the full song?
losstarot | December 12, 2011 12:13 pm
I agree with Fuchipatas and the above, this one was too short and felt not too revealing; though I agree that the latest gameplay demos must have taken a lot of time to engineer, the devs must have felt they needed to work rather on the game than on a show event. It’s still nice to see the game could be shown at a gaming event so no one forgets Infinite’s still in the works and that it’s gonna be something nobody should forget.
As for the Handymen, I wouldn’t be surprised if they came with different haircuts throughout different iterations, btw I love the very first concept art with its stylish mustache ^^
dannysal | December 12, 2011 12:19 pm
Great stuff! I am, perhaps, in the minority but I don’t mind these terse teasers with some previously footage. At this point, would rather have less then more. I want to experience the great stuff while playing the game not in a trailer posted on line.
By the way, love Courtnee’s voice and song choice.
icegrove | December 12, 2011 1:31 pm
Being in the skys and listen to this song, feel like a bird flying around. Nothing better to feel free. Beautyful voice.
pinkypowers | December 12, 2011 2:22 pm
Thank you, IG, for this trailer. It’s wholly beautiful and moved me something fierce. Courtnee Draper’s voice breaks my heart, it’s so full of emotion.
1019ice | December 12, 2011 2:42 pm
There’s a new interview with Ken Levine out on Gamespot, and in it he mentions that the guitarist in the trailer is in fact Troy Baker.
juan29zapata | December 16, 2011 4:01 pm
Oh, that’s pretty awesome! I want to see a video where both play the song.
japester | December 12, 2011 2:49 pm
While I enjoyed it, I can appreciate the comments saying it was underwhelming or recycled too much footage. I was hoping for all-new footage, particularly since it was so brief, but I get what IG was trying to accomplish. They wanted to layer additional emotion on top of the impression they’ve already made with us. Hence the use of older footage to tie things together. It also shows how powerful a soundtrack can be. Go rewatch the recycled footage with it’s original soundrack. Now rewatch this trailer with it’s musical score. The perception is radically different for me.
rt46y08 | December 12, 2011 3:01 pm
Anyone know if the full song is available for download or purchase anywhere?
1019ice | December 12, 2011 5:58 pm
I don’t know if we’ll see this particular cover, but the song itself as sung by June Carter Cash is on iTunes.
pipotheclown | December 12, 2011 6:33 pm
Just what Bioshock needed: a country touch!
colorlesscrayon | December 12, 2011 6:43 pm
roguewriter | December 12, 2011 6:43 pm
Think they took the smart road by not presenting a Giant Big new Trailer or Cinematic. Really it was a montage of the fantastic world and characters of Infinite. If IG starts cranking out Summer Blockbuster Trailers or Cinematics every other month the Hype Machine is going to burn the game out before it releases. I don’t want that even if it means getting more simple trailers like this one.
Frankly, the new moments the Trailer showed was more then enough given how hard the team at IG is working. Also Ken and company gave us a Beautiful Gift in Courtney’s singing. Made me a bit weepy to be honest. Darn you Mr. Levine!
1019ice | December 12, 2011 6:49 pm
I remember back when they stopped doing E3 (briefly) there were a lot of developers who were actually really relieved at not having to prep anything. Big trailers and demos take a really long time to make, and they can draw resources away from actually making the game. In that respect I can sort of see how Irrational maybe didn’t want to go balls out at the VGA’s, especially in the same year that they did a massive demo for E3.
japester | December 13, 2011 7:22 am
Indeed. I was just having this same discussion with a friend. I bet people like Ken pine for the days when video game design was just about video game design, and not the big PR pony show it’s become. I remember when the only advertising a game might get would be a single page ad in a magazine with a few screenshots (or a painting) accompanied by a few vague sentences of hype. Now they have to have teams of people prepping videos, setting up press junkets, taping interviews, making personal appearances, etc, etc. And with the recent examples of a few companies assisting with fans’ weddings, funerals, proposals, etc, the demands on game designers entirely unrelated to the games themselves are only going to increase.
bigdaddeh | December 12, 2011 11:06 pm
Beautiful rendition of the song, and it did give a sense of how music could play into the game, something only touched on lightly so far. I do agree that it was underwhelming in comparison to other footage we’ve seen so far, but let’s be honest, you can’t really expect a 2 minute teaser to hold up against 10 minutes of awesome game play. ‘sides, there’s still almost all of 2012 for them to wow us to death before the game’s release!
bigdaddeh | December 12, 2011 11:14 pm
Oh, and I would totally buy Courtnee’s rendition of “Circle Unbroken”.
spata | December 13, 2011 10:41 am
Always nice to see new trailers, but still a bit disappointed. Not just bc of some of the recylced footage, but also bc that makes me feel like this game has quite a ways to go before its done. Oh well
albto | December 13, 2011 2:25 pm
Kinda disappointing, to be honest… it’s the same emporia level… 🙁
rankya | December 13, 2011 2:34 pm
I loved Courtnee’s version of Circle Unbroken.
But I thought the trailer was going to show more, then what we’ve already saw.
Saw some new things but saw more previous gameplay. Still it’s BioShock I loved it.
strychnine | December 13, 2011 4:02 pm
They REALLY wussed out with that castrated version of “May the Circle be Unbroken”. What happened to the lyric “Lord”? You either go ALL-IN or you don’t mess with it. It was cowardly not to do the song justice. Do me a favor guys.. DON’T include the soundtrack in the collector’s editon if you’re going to “edit” them.
japester | December 14, 2011 3:00 pm
To avoid future down votes, I suggest you educate yourself. The ORIGINAL version of the song, which came out 5 years before the time period of this game in 1907, is the one used in this trailer. Quoted verbatim. The “Lord” reference wasn’t added until decades later.
Feel free to look it up:
Even if you were correct about the song always containing the “Lord” reference, it is well within Irrational Games’ artistic rights to modify the song to suit the mood they are going for. It happens all the time, and there is nothing wrong with that.
billiamb | December 14, 2011 3:27 pm
Expounding on Jape’s comments about it being within IG’s artistic rights to modify the song, I would whole-heartedly agree with the change. The song packs an emotional wallop without needing sorme sort of godreference..
Also, I would assume that there’s an element of religious fanaticism in the game.. It is a key element in the societal criticism that Infinite looks to be taking on.. If that’s true, I think it’s important to not weigh down the game (and the trailer) with any specific religious connoctations, as it certainly wouldn’t be their goal to call any specific religions to task.
An excellent choice of music, I say
strychnine | January 25, 2012 2:47 pm
So it’s ok to castrate the song to make it more “popular”?
evans0305 | January 25, 2012 4:09 pm
strychnine, if you researched the original 1907 song, it never had “Lord” in it, but only the Carter version added it. IG didn’t edit, or “castrate”, anything, but had the lyrics as it originally was, since that was first. If that version didn’t exist before, then they would have just gone with the Carter version to be “popular”.
beabravo | December 14, 2011 1:59 pm
Yes I thought the trailer was too short, but the imagery I saw it in kept me interested. If I was new to this series I’m not sure if I would be as grabbed as “the Last of Us”, but I think I would see if there was more information on it evetually.
I would also love to see this song in the soundtrack as well. Courtnee Draper’s voice was fantastic whether this version was edited or not.
pipotheclown | December 15, 2011 2:35 pm
I sure hope there won’t be more music like this in the game. What a stupid song.
vincentdimaio | January 22, 2012 5:56 pm
redman | December 15, 2011 5:12 pm
Absolutely love the song. Great job Courtnee and Troy. I would have preferred to see more new footage/glimpses/images.
borrego | December 17, 2011 12:01 am
I might be alone in this, but I almost don’t want to see more footage/images. I want to be stricken with awe and surprise when I get to jump into this game. Courtnee Draper, if you happen to be reading any of these, way to nail the hell out of it–again.
japester | December 17, 2011 2:02 pm
I think this is a perfectly valid attitude, borrego.
But it does bother me when someone frequents an official hub for PR and discussion about a game–and then says they don’t want to hear more about a game. -?!?-
borrego | December 18, 2011 4:03 pm
…Once again: footage/images (of the game itself, to clarify). I like hearing how development is going, hearing about the process of development of the game, what makes these developers tick. It’s really cool watching footage of the voice recording sessions, read interviews and such on how it’s working out for the creators of the game. As far as finished (or close to finished) results, such as the excellent in-game footage we saw of Booker riding around during that breathtaking action scene concluding with a standoff with Songbird, I’m now over the moon with excitement. I’m completely grateful and satisfied with the samples they’ve shown us, and now I’m just excited to pop that baby into my console.
Hope that doesn’t come across as a jab at anyone, as sometimes words in text appear. I’m just saying I’m satisfied with what we’ve been shown up to this point.
maxpower | December 18, 2011 10:49 am
Please do not do multiplayer for this game!
I wait for the release date 😛
vincentdimaio | January 22, 2012 6:02 pm
I agree, also i think its already been confirmed Bioshock Infinite is single player only
equipableirish | December 19, 2011 11:23 am
This trailer (and Courtnee’s beautiful voice) make me so happy. 🙂
insectswarm | December 19, 2011 5:50 pm
At this point i will take any new info on Infinite.
blueangel | December 19, 2011 7:44 pm
glad they gave us more to off of, even if ive seen allot of it already. makes no differance to me. lol im stilll gettin it!
magicmaker | December 25, 2011 8:15 pm
I have a love/hate relationship with trailers. I want to know but I also want to be surprised…unfortunately patience is a virtue and not a vigor.
borrego | December 30, 2011 12:19 am
I think you get what I mean, magicmaker. I always want to know more, but that surprise element is so glorious when you’re submersed in the gameplay. 🙂
joelotoole | December 29, 2011 9:56 am
Dammit! I want this game more now. =/
northeastriot | January 2, 2012 7:50 pm
I am going to handle my copy of this game very naughty like.
michaelm624 | January 21, 2012 8:06 pm
I was To Over excited for the trailer that i was left disapointed,, but god trailer Either way
vincentdimaio | January 22, 2012 6:00 pm
The new Gameplay trailer is truly amazing showing how incredible the In-game Graphics and Gameplay are in Bioshock Infinite, i cant wait to play Bioshock Infinite and have so much fun in the floating city Columbia and kill some handy-men and tangle with the factions and the song bird all while having fun with Elizabeth’s Gameplay functions and using the sky line’s throughout Columbia! In Bioshock Infinite – Game of the year 2012!
vincentdimaio | January 22, 2012 6:12 pm
I also cannot wait to play the new 1999mode! I’m very excited for Bioshock Infinite and am a very dedicated Fan
strychnine | January 25, 2012 4:28 pm
Tell that to these two.
1019ice | January 25, 2012 6:14 pm
@strytchnine – That’s exactly what evans0305 is trying to tell you, man! June and Johnny Cash are singing the version of the song that June Carter Cash’s family, the aformentioned “Carter Family” wrote in the 1930’s. THAT version of the song has the word “Lord” in it. The original, which japester suggested you listen to, was written in 1907. The Carter family didn’t release their cover until the 1930’s, which in the fiction of the game, hadn’t happened yet.
For the last time, Irrational didn’t alter the song. They went with the original version, which would have been the version of the song Elizabeth would have known in the 1900’s. The one you linked to is the altered version.
It seems like you’re upset that Irrational is trying to de-Christianize the song, for the sake of not being controversial. If you check out any of the gameplay videos, I think you’ll find that religion, and Christianity in particular are front and center in the world of Columbia.
Now, if you’re a devout Christian, you might be upset about the themes the game might bring up, and that’s certainly your right. But don’t accuse Irrational of “castrating” a Christian hymn, when all they did was do their homework.
strychnine | January 25, 2012 9:41 pm
So what you’re telling me is that the version of the song that is sung across the PLANET is the one without paying respect to the Lord? I know that many of you will read this and go “Oh, there he goes again and here comes my thumbs down!” If that’s the way you feel, then I’ll gladly wear that “Black Hat”.
But don’t give me an “authentic” version of a song (one that 99.99% of people have EVER heard sung) and tell me that irrational “did their research”. You can’t poop in my hat, expect me to put it on and say “THANK YOU SIR! It fits much BETTER now!” That’s a hat i’ll NEVER wear.
shoeguy0 | February 17, 2012 7:27 pm
Can you shut up already?
The original hymn did not have ‘lord’ in it.
Stop trying to defend yourself when you know you’re wrong.
Now stop being an idiot! And your hat is full of poop!
felonious | February 17, 2012 9:38 pm
No need to be insulting when making your point.
shoeguy0 | February 18, 2012 4:25 am
Sorry about that.
I wouldn’t feel the need to use such demeaning remarks if he would’ve got it the first three times.
skyhighjoyride | February 23, 2012 12:30 pm
ahhh, I can’t freakin wait!!!
joemommak1200 | February 27, 2012 12:38 pm
Oh no! Here go hell come!
magicmaker | March 11, 2012 3:38 pm
Beautiful dichotomy, the slow song with fast action , eerily haunting. Now I’m jonesin’
carrvanpool | February 9, 2013 5:29 pm
I’m not even a gamer, but man, do the trailers ‘Bioshock Infinite’ me want to be one!!! INSANE graphics—a tweak here, or two—but I mean INSANE! Great concept: floating, rogue, city/world, the rescue, robots, wax-figure avatars. Better than any action movie I have seen in the last two decades. AND, AND, AND, where can the whole song, not just the 1:12 audio clip, ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ be found? Must have this song!!!
joshimarston | August 10, 2013 5:24 am