Creative Director and co-founder of Irrational Games Ken Levine has been having conversations with religious members of the team behind Bioshock Infinite and he has found out from them that the game might have to be changed.
[pullquote_left]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[/pullquote_left]
Religion in games have always been a rather touchy issue with not many games trying to tackle the subject. Game developers do not want the ire of society should they falsely represent any religion and as such have always tread lightly around the issue. While Assassin’s Creed may have successfully used religion in it’s execution, it has a disclaimer that states that it was developed by a ‘multicultural team of various faiths and beliefs’. And who can forget the issue with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which saw the game developers take down popular multiplayer map ‘Favela’ due to an Arabic player who put up a Youtube video, explaining his concerns of having a line from the Quran being displayed in the bathroom on a picture frame.
Thus, it is understandable why Ken Levine would take into considerations the religious themes in Bioshock Infinite. Although Ken Levine took the feedback, he didn’t necessarily censor himself or the game as he feels that religion isn’t the core of the plot of Bioshock Infinite and what the game was trying to portray. Rather, the main plot behind Bioshock Infinite is about patriotism.
Bioshock Infinite is set for release for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 26th, 2013.