'Revenge Of The Jedi' Moment In Bioshock Infinite Came From A Game We'll Never See

Near the beginning of the E3 demo of Irrational Games' Bioshock Infinite, there's a moment when... well, it's the sort of thing that when you talk to other people who have seen it you say, "You know... that part?" And they nod knowingly and say, "Oh yeah. That part. That was awesome."

It starts when Booker DeWitt's sidekick-slash-magical-teammate-slash-damsel-in-distress Elizabeth goes to heal an injured horse by opening up a hole to a parallel reality. While doing so, she accidentally rips a tear into an entirely different world... from the future. An rainy urban scene intrudes upon the colourful Columbian roadway, and a giant neon movie marquis reads: "Revenge of the Jedi". Without warning, a massive, clanging firetruck blasts towards our protagonists, freaking them the hell out as Elizabeth slams the gate shut.

Talking to Gamasutra, Infinite's Creative Director Ken Levine revealed that the assets for that sequence came from an entirely different, cancelled game.

"It was supposed to be to this primeval forest kind of thing, and it just wasn't striking or different enough... but we had assets from a game we abandoned," Levine says.

The high-impact neon anachronism of the world inside Elizabeth's tear is born of assets from a game Irrational killed, says the team. Reviving it "was such a better idea than the idea we were building all these assets for. We made a bunch of changes to really sell it, but we had all those assets just sitting around from a game we never shipped," says Levine.

So, Irrational had been working on a game that featured an urban vibe and a lot of neon. What could it have been? And will we see more of it in Bioshock Infinite?

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    All my brain is doing in response to that question is shouting "BLADE RUNNER. BLADE RUNNER. BLADE RUNNER."

    maybe I'm stating the obivous and everyone's going to scream 'duuuuh, reeeeally??!!', but for those who don't know Revenge of the Jedi was the original title for Return of the Jedi, changed at the last minute, there's even posters, obviously very expensive collectors items, advertising the movie as Revenge of the Jedi. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/51/RevengeOTJedi.jpg

    So when I saw that I thought, wow, what a cool way to demonstrate this is an alternate universe.

      This was my reaction as well. Part of me hopes that we see sections of Bioshock Infinite where you actually need to visit/play through parts of that alternate 80's world... it's got me very interested in what they're gonna do with that game.

    Yes that Revenge of the Jedi moment was the highlight of that trailer.

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