Pencils Down, Hands Up – BioShock Infinite Has Gone Gold!

by IG.Ken on February 19 2013

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When we first announced BioShock Infinite, we made a promise to deliver a game that was very much a BioShock experience, and at the same time something completely different. And our commitment to making good on that promise, no matter what, has been our driving force for the last three years or so.

You, the fans, have been incredibly patient with us. You shared your hopes and wishes for the game with us, and you kept the faith.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the game has gone gold. What that means is that it has been approved by both Sony and Microsoft (and the PC Gods, natch) to be sent to the manufacturing guys to load up fleets of trucks with BioShock Infinite and be driven to a store near you on March 26th.

The total cost of the game was five years, 941 billion Klingon darseks (plus tip), 47 camels, a cranberry flan, and the blood, sweat, and tears of the Irrational Team.

Nobody has ever built a game quite like this. It’s a shooter, but a shooter that brings you to very uncomfortable and dangerous places. I can’t demand that you play the game; I can promise you, however, that once you have, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

Who is Booker, and what is the debt that drives him to Columbia? What are Elizabeth’s powers and why has she been locked up since she was a child? Why does Booker have the letters “AD” branded into his right hand? And what, in God’s name, is the Songbird.

Columbia is a city teeming with mystery. I’m glad to say that one mystery is over: On March 26th, you will be able to play BioShock Infinite.

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  • kevin360 | February 19, 2013 11:19 am

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    This must be the awesome news you teased last week? Congratulations to you and the team. I’m extremely excited to experience the game!

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  • boltonhawser | February 19, 2013 11:40 am

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    Fuck yeah! Congratulations, Irrational Team! It has been an honor stalking your development team and Ken for the past 3 years of my life. I know the wait is going to pay off in about a month. I can tell it has paid off just from the trailers. Looking forward to stalking everyone at Irrational in their future endeavors after Infinite.

    Bring on March 26th!

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  • insectswarm | February 19, 2013 11:51 am

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    Whew, Finally!

    You know how much I wanted to see new videos and screenshots of this game?
    I was just about to because I thought hey, this game still a long time to go and I cannot wait until then. I needed something to hold me over.

    But, now that I see this March 26 is just a few weeks away. I can wait.

    I have not seen anything but the trailer so I’m going in fresh with no knowledge.

    Thanks Irrational. I will enjoy it even more.

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  • dannysal | February 19, 2013 12:00 pm

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    Congratulations to you all! A well-deserved toast!

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  • co10 | February 19, 2013 12:20 pm

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    Congratulations Irrational! Your hard-earned, subversive work is literally pouring out of each new trailer, and I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a game (or any other media, for that matter) in my life.

    Here’s to March 26th, and to you guys!

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  • felonious | February 19, 2013 12:23 pm

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    BIG Congratulations to you guys! Many years of hard work I’m sure has paid off. Great pic of a hard working team. Cheers!!!!

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  • sh0dan | February 19, 2013 12:28 pm

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    Very excite right now! Congrats to everyone who worked on the game. Been looking forward to this for a long time, and I know you guys will deliver, cos you always do.

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  • crowejohn20 | February 19, 2013 12:52 pm

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    Good stuff! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    Thanks!

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  • firsttenminutes | February 19, 2013 12:57 pm

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    Big congrats hopefully my opinion for your future will go like this:

    In 100 years they will say: “In 2013 one game saved the gaming industry from loosing the 30+ customers to the 13 + users.” Thank Irrational for being so creative and keeping up with really great entertainment. On 3 crappy AAA games comes one Bioshock and even if other studios take it over like in Bioshock II they cannot fail with great ideas Irrational planted. Just see how many thumbs are up and compare to other AAA games.”

    posted on GT (http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/jby7wb/bioshock-infinite-columbia–a-modern-day-icarus—-part-2)

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  • japester | February 19, 2013 1:18 pm

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    And on this day, Irrational proclaimed, “LET FLY……THE AWESOME!!!”

    Big congrats to the whole Irrational team! I can’t wait to explore the tantalizing world you’ve all created.
    :grin:

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  • vsharres | February 19, 2013 1:41 pm

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    AWESOME!!!!! made my day! congratulation to all you guys, you all deserve it!

    On a side note:
    For a man famous for his “big headness” I can’t find Ken on this picture!, Where is him? (maybe he’s the one actually taking the picture?)

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  • tzepesh | February 19, 2013 2:05 pm

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    Congratulations to you guys!

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  • thehucks | February 19, 2013 2:39 pm

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    Sincere congratulations and unending envy that I couldn’t be a part of the creative process, but I’m honored to enjoy the end result!

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  • beatboxtaun | February 19, 2013 2:57 pm

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    YES! A big congrats and thank you to the team. I am so excited for its release and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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  • knightcarver | February 19, 2013 3:12 pm

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    Well done guys – massive congrats. I can’t wait to hear about the rave reviews when it comes out! :D

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  • undedmanbearpig | February 19, 2013 3:15 pm

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    Congratulations on what is my most anticipated game ever since I heard it was being made. Cannot wait until the 26th!

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  • vichor | February 19, 2013 3:35 pm

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    Absolutely awesome! Congrats to all the team. Can’t wait to grab the controller and start with it.

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  • alejandro9686 | February 19, 2013 3:54 pm

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    Congrats to all at irrational. Definetley worth the wait and definetely will be one of the greatest tittles since the new milenium. Quick question, Would you kindly confirm or does anyone know if the game will be shipped in south america, Colombia?

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    • IG.Leonie | February 19, 2013 5:26 pm

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      Hi Alejandro – thanks much :-) Our sources tell us that you can buy the game at GAMECO or GAMEXPRESS in Latin America. I am not sure if they are in Colombia. Does that help you at all?

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      • alejandro9686 | February 20, 2013 10:58 am

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        Those stores aren’t located in Colombia. The only two major stores that sell videogames in Bogota are, Panamericana and Ktronix. I do thank you for your prompt response. If anytime soon you’ll know the availabilit within the region, do let me know. Thanks.

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  • 1019ice | February 19, 2013 5:22 pm

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    Congratulations guys! I’m going to assume my champagne glass got lost in the mail.

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  • juan29zapata | February 19, 2013 5:41 pm

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    Congratulations, guys! I will be sure to be there with the game since Day 1. I know everyone has done an excellent job on the game.

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  • panosd | February 19, 2013 7:31 pm

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    I’m…so… happy! Congratulations! I’ll be celebrating a little today myself…

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  • icegrove | February 19, 2013 7:46 pm

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    Grats, we can’t wait to see the great work you all did!

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  • maxdewitt | February 19, 2013 9:15 pm

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    thanks irrational for this amazing game im so happy

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  • ssg0rick | February 19, 2013 11:51 pm

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    Congratulations to you Irrational. I look forward to getting my hands on BioShock Infinite on release night!

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  • gregbright | February 20, 2013 2:02 am

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    Congratulations to everyone over at Irrational. I hope to see your presence represented at Pax East this year. CHEERS!

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  • someoneelse26 | February 20, 2013 4:26 am

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    Wow… My favourite upcoming game arriving ON MY BIRTHDAY! March 26!

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  • az4988 | February 20, 2013 7:32 pm

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    I can’t believe it’s finally happening!! This is so amazing! I have been waiting for this game for 2 years and I can’t wait for infinite to come out. Thank you irrational games which includes everyone working on the project and I really hope your game makes me proud!!

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  • kchoneybadger | February 20, 2013 10:23 pm

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    Well deserved. One of the best original IPs ever. Seriously. Can’t wait to play it.

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  • joemommak1200 | February 24, 2013 12:36 pm

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    PRAISE COMSTOCK!!! GLORY TO THE FOUNDERS!!! To my long suffering brethren, we shall soon receive the sweet fruit of our patience and faith! THE PROPHET SAID “THIS DAY WOULD COME”…

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  • totallyatrandom | February 26, 2013 2:51 pm

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    Does this mean the return of the Irrational podcast series is nigh?

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  • joshimarston | August 9, 2013 4:51 pm

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    Congrats to all at Irrational !! (sorry for the delay ahah xD)

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