BioShock Infinite To Contain Uncensored Religious Themes

No story about America would be complete without a few religious themes. Given the country’s religious origins and a constant return to fundamentalism whenever nationalism comes into play, it makes sense that BioShock: Infinite, a game which explores the themes of American Exceptionalism and the jingoism of the early 20th century, should also make religious content a big part of the game’s setting.

The game’s lead, Ken Levine, says that the upcoming game will contain religious themes, and that he won’t be making any cuts to avoid offending people. He has however made a few changes in response to feedback from members of the development team.

“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,” Levine said in an interview with the Official Playstation Magazine.

“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,’” he continued. “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.”

Levine says that patriotism is at the core of BioShock: Infinite, and that the themes of the laborer movement, religion, and the tea party in America are simply extensions of that.”BioShock Infinite, and that the themes of the laborer movement, religion, and the tea party in America are simply extensions of that.

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3 Comments on BioShock Infinite To Contain Uncensored Religious Themes


On January 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

So in order to easily defeat muslim enemies, you have to equip your pork-based plasmids.

I would assume it is cow-based plasmids for dealing with Hinduism.

And finally, underage boy plasmids to battle the powerful Catholic bishops!

Phil Hornshaw

On January 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

In fact, the whole game is heavily steeped in Christian religious themes, and the people of Columbia have created a sort of hybrid of American creation mythology with Christianity — they literally worship Jefferson, Franklin and Washington as the three pillars of their religion.

You can read a lot more about what we’ve seen of Infinite in our hands-on coverage here:


On January 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Looking forward to the Flying Spaghetti Monster DLC