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Your First Glimpse of BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams

This legit-looking leaked trailer is about as conclusive as it's going to get anytime soon.

I didn't expect to hear anything about the next BioShock this year, but 2K went and proved me wrong by including a short teaser trailer in the PS3 version of the first game that unlocks when you beat it (according to Joystiq). Have a watch at this shaky-cam version.

  


Hang on while I go add "Sea of Dreams" to the BioShock 2 wiki page.

There aren't a lot of details to glean from this thing, other than, obviously, the trailer is set on the Atlantic Coast. (I guess they mean the eastern side of North America? All references to "Atlantic Coast" on Wikipedia refer to North America, even though it's not the only continent to border that body of water.) Previously some rumors had sounded like BioShock 2 would be a prequel that details Rapture's earlier, headier days, but the little girl holding the big daddy doll ought to dispel that notion. There would be no need for big daddies to exist before Rapture came about, and...

Hmm, I guess I should stop in deference to those PS3 owners among you who haven't actually played through the game yet.

What the heck do you think is going on in this trailer? What's this game about?

EDIT: Somebody else updated the name of the wiki while I was writing this. You people are lovely. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

I didn't expect to hear anything about the next BioShock this year, but 2K went and proved me wrong by including a short teaser trailer in the PS3 version of the first game that unlocks when you beat it (according to Joystiq). Have a watch at this shaky-cam version.

  


Hang on while I go add "Sea of Dreams" to the BioShock 2 wiki page.

There aren't a lot of details to glean from this thing, other than, obviously, the trailer is set on the Atlantic Coast. (I guess they mean the eastern side of North America? All references to "Atlantic Coast" on Wikipedia refer to North America, even though it's not the only continent to border that body of water.) Previously some rumors had sounded like BioShock 2 would be a prequel that details Rapture's earlier, headier days, but the little girl holding the big daddy doll ought to dispel that notion. There would be no need for big daddies to exist before Rapture came about, and...

Hmm, I guess I should stop in deference to those PS3 owners among you who haven't actually played through the game yet.

What the heck do you think is going on in this trailer? What's this game about?

EDIT: Somebody else updated the name of the wiki while I was writing this. You people are lovely.
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Posted by Demilich

Still should have named it PrefixShock.

Posted by mr_registered

If this is a straight up sequel I wonder which ending is going to be considered canon?

Posted by Jimi

Awesome.

Posted by Crossknive

Sweet!

Posted by JacobBrodersen

Mr_registered... properbly the good one, but the evil one would be alot more interesting!

Posted by Axersia

"Somebody else updated the name of the wiki while I was writing this. You people are lovely. "

No problem, dude. :)

Posted by LeBart

I think Bioshock doesn't need a sequel but I'm curious to see more.

Posted by retrovertigo

I think I would have been happy just to have a sequel that focuses on another part of Rapture, with a brand new character and completely different storyline.  I mean, we had UNDERGROUND SKYSCRAPERS.  Hundreds of unexplored buildings and floors.  There's got to be more story to tell about Rapture than what we got out of BioShock.

I don't want to them make a sequel, just to make a sequel.  I want it to make sense, and this one looks like a completely different avenue.

Posted by Kaido

Looks like Rapture's raising from the water?

Posted by LokiZee

A whole rising of Atlantis kinda thing. Hmmm, did we miss something in the first game?

Posted by SonOfABeep

The video would seem to be telling us two things.

Rapture is rising up from the water (as was said before) suggested by the buildings rising up from the sand, and also that the little sisters are more grown up in this game. Perhaps they're running the city?

One thing's for sure, that logo is awful. So is that subtitle. Let's hope they're both placeholders.

Posted by LordAndrew

You've gone mad with power, Axersia!

Maybe they're just lying to us Kojima-style, and the game won't have anything to do with Little Sisters or Big Daddies.

Posted by CleverLoginName

It looks like it'll happen after the events in the first game, which is a shame because they built this amazing city and history, I wish we could see "the falling of Rapture" as it were. 

Posted by albedos_shadow

That's probably the most unexpected announcement of the year. Wasn't expecting anything about Bioshock 2 until maybe E3 next year.

Posted by PapaLazarou

Just give us System Shock 3

Posted by brukaoru

I feel like crying. Seriously, not excited for this at all. A prequel has a lot of potential, but the announcement of a third game is even more heartbreaking. I just think the first game wrapped itself up already and there's nothing more that needs to be told in the story.

I hope it's on par with the first game, but I'm somehow doubting it will be.

Posted by deathfury

Would be cool if it was a prequel, looks like a sequel though. I hope it will be good!

Posted by AvD

Nobody has toyed with the notion that it could be a sequel and a prequel, as to say it has two storylines before and after the first game.  Either way I'm excited.

Posted by LifeByDegrees

Did anyone notice the fact that it just has this amazing transition of what first appears to be a stone wall or path- to a graveyard- transitioning to rocks that look like buildings- to the buildings of Rapture. The effects and CG work themselves are quite glorious. Now if you want to get into plot details- To be honest- I don't know if the Big Daddy doll could be a pre-cursor image to the eventual full size Big Daddy's- or a remnant of their purpose. The girl in the scene does not appear to be quite as young- or for that matter, even younger- than Bioshock's Little Sisters- which tends to follow a logic of a true sequel. But as an alternative- maybe that scene is a Little Sister looking back at the past.

How obsessed are you with finding out the origins of Rapture? Didn't most of that get given out in Bioshock?

Posted by Alphazero


MAYBE SPOILER!


Seems like the good ending would be canon, since that seems to be a former Litter Sister on the beach, holding an old Big Daddy doll. I don't believe any Little Sisters made it out in the bad ending. It's a big ocean though. Someone could have made it out in either case.

Super sweet. Can't wait to play it. MIS-TER BUBBLE!
Posted by The_Icon

Interesting.

Posted by MasterSplinter

That was ill.

Posted by darkjester74

Outstanding!  Really excited to see what they come up with!  :)

Posted by Milkman

*SPOILERS*

It's seem to me that the girl is one of the Little Sisters. What I'm thinking is that you'll play as that girl and you'll return to Rapture wanting to find out about your past. And then some kind of craziness will go down while you're there. Just a wild guess, though.

Posted by RobDaFunk

just hope the new team doesn't screw this up, but with Levine on board it should be sweet.

Posted by WickedCobra03

Well I dunno what they are going to do or go with this but it looks like some kind of Atlantis thing with what looks to be a city emerging.  Whatever it is, I am pretty excited as I thought we would be hearing nothing about this till at least next spring or so.  But on the other hand, if this is not done correctly and if it really doesn't improve on the first it will kinda ruin that perfection memory that the first one left(even though there were a few things you could nit pick at, overall experience its at least a 9.6 on my scale).

Posted by daniel_beck_90

It can not be a sequel , it is either a prequel or an entirely different under water city like rapture . something like a secret  underwater city created by one of the rapture's big cheese or something .

Posted by Serker

Sea of Dreams is an awful name. Bioshock 2 would've sufficed. I wonder which ending this follows after

Posted by majnuker

Alright. My several two-senses.

It is a play in the present jump to the past game.

It is a play in the past w/ the mother of the original little sisters. Maybe this is a Big sister?

You play in the past and jump to the future, after the original game ended, and when rapture rises/girl gets out/any other crazy story.

Or it could just be a different city. After all, we don't know where the original Rapture was oceanically, and the trailer doesn't mention the city at all. Maybe there are many "Raptures".

Don't be afraid to correct me if i seem stupid. I haven't played Bioshock in a while.

Posted by Media_Master

fungi

Posted by Jason_Miami

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie subtitle; pretty lame but w/e.

Posted by BlackHawk3422
Posted by NathHaw

Hmm, well, the only logical explanation for the events occurring in the movie is that BioShock 2:  Sea of Dreams will be a dating sim.

...and in the video the sun seems to be setting not rising although I'm not completely sure of that.  That would mean the the location is looking west, so the location probably isn't North America.

...but it could be rising just like the stones and buildings.  Who knows?

Posted by Soulglove

Maybe the soul of Rapture "beaches" itself and comes onto the land. If enough of the city breaks off and floats ashore, it would make the game just different enough with the inclusion of caves and beaches. Or it could just be one big Sandcastle of Rapture!

Posted by StaticFalconar

Prequel or sequel, its doesn't have to be immediately after or before. However, having it set in the same universe would be just fine, that way the gun and plasmid mechanics would be intact.

Posted by Jixashauser

The girl/woman could  be a little sister that´s grown up.

Posted by fresh2deafbill
that's what i thought Jixashauser
Posted by lulu52

I bet that girl was a little sister that's gotten older. I haven't played the game yet by the way, just seen it and played the demo, so please don't criticize me if that didn't make any sense. just an opinion.

Posted by Psykhophear

Nice and sweet. This teaser is really a tease. I wanna see more. Looks like "Little Sister" has become a "Young Lady". A new character name perhaps? 

Posted by HatKing

By "you people are lovely" he means, get a life.

Posted by Derios

holy fucking shit, i need to play this game.

Posted by ImperiousRix

I think it could still be a prequel.
I mean, the Big Daddies could be based off a children's doll.
Hell, maybe the girl in the trailer is Tenenbaum.
SPECULATION ABOUND!

Posted by Jackel2072

it looks like you're going to go back to rapture as a little sister all grown up, at least thats what i take away from this trailer. so maybe the game takes place in a more modern day?

Posted by Brackynews

Well played, Mr. Levine.

Hopefully it doesn't involve another oceanic plane crash whereby discovering a hidden civilization.   I think there needs to a limit on how many games can use that premise each decade.

THE NUMBERS!  ohgodohgodohgod

Posted by EpicSteve

Perhaps that girl was a grown little sister?

Maybe the sand forming the city represented the splicers of effects of rapture coming to shore.

Posted by TheCrazyOrangutang

Awesome, cant wait till they tell a release date.

Posted by Pibo47

No....just no...

Posted by Yamato

Just judging from the subtitle, "Sea of Dreams", I think it's highly likely that this is indeed a prequel. Sea of Dreams probably alludes to when Rapture was still full of hopes and "dreams". Also, the rising buildings could be signifying the construction and rise of Rapture. Just my theory, but I believe it works.

Posted by sdauz

ahhh yes GiantBomb working as effiently as possible lol

seems to be above ground, maybe the world of rapture has been explored by the rest of the world and other ppl are taking advantage of it or NYC is actually a new rapture or there's another rapture on land......man dont ask us, we have no clue?
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