Rosalind notes that she result is going to be sad but that she will go along with it. BioShock Infinite was originally set to be released on October 16, 2012 in North America. I used the quotation mark because from last paragraph I am now suggesting everything that happened to Booker when he entered any door in "sea of doors" is merely a piece of experience & memory, his physical body does not have to go through the process. The only change here is that any Booker who accepts the baptism is drowned and never resurfaces. Right after Booker first sees the Monument Island statue and receives the telegram from Lutece, approach the telescope to the left and look through it. I think so. It wasn't until she received funds from Comstock that she was able to create a machine that could open tears into other universes. The idea is centered on two facts within the game: 1) During the course of the game Elizabeth states that when she was young, she not only had the ability to create tears but she had the ability to create whatever was in her mind. By accepting this, all of the alternate realities where Comstock existed are closed off and Booker is reunited with an infant Anna/Elizabeth. BioShock Infinite contains a number of anachronistic song covers like "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper and "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Because of Booker's ability to use a bathysphere near the end of the game when Elizabeth brings him to Rapture, there's speculation floating around regarding Andrew Ryan's true identity. Animal (Cat,Wolf,Unicorn) sketches/doodling in concrete steps outside Lighthouses, Easter Eggs. We encourage you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY. Booker wakes up in the post-credits scene and clearly, on some level, remembers the events of Infinite. It can be found in games that share the Looking Glass style of game design, usually as the first key code in the game. They are both two sides of the same coin. Since she is Booker's daughter in every universe, erasing his existence from the baptism onward would prevent her from ever being born and so all of her instantiations should have vanished (ignoring the time-loop paradox at this point). Return to Sender can So by ending his life before the choice is made (and Elizabeth does say this, it must be done "[...] before the choice is made") no timelines with Comstock will come to pass. You must stop him. WHERE DID ANNA/ELIZABETH RECEIVE HER POWERS? Who knows :). The process seems to be irreversible. This part in itself is fine, as events are self-consistent within the chain. Turning toward the right and entering Anna's nursery, he calls out for her, and the game ends before you find out if she was in her crib. The Wrench, your trusty weapon in the original BioShock, can be found in BioShock Infinite. Rendering the image shown at the end as a universe where Booker refused the baptism (now the only feasible one, as any Booker who accepts is drowned to death). Elizabeth never states that she must kill Booker before he becomes Comstock. Therefore one possible explanation is that: "The 20 years ago Booker who would become Comstock was indeed killed, and the playable game character Booker was only experiencing/remembering that event." The woman then replies: "Oh come now, don't turn into some Finkton radical on me, I don't want to be a character out of 'I Married A Vox Populi,' now do I?" Â. TL:DR - Booker DeWitt simultaneously being Comstock can be analogous to Schrodinger's cat. Because of the "constants and variables" idea almost any ending you conceive has happened, is happening, will happen. Schrodinger, Quantum Entanglement, Set theory, & Suspended Disbelief. The other pairs really do exist in their own respective realities, but they are not consciously present in the scene and instead only appear as representations of their world. argued yes, and there's has been the prevailing interpretation of quantum mechanics since. From their subjective points of view those people experienced being alive and that perception is terminated. When Elizabeth becomes omniscient, the knowledge of every universe is common to her and she realizes the implications are much bigger than Comstock and Columbia. Now, whats really interesting is the last couple of voxophones, such as "the ultimatum" where Rosalind talks about Robert and how he wants to reverse what they have done. Naturally, any finite system only has a finite number of non-redundant configurations. Like the main game BioShock Infinite, the two-part downloadable content Burial at Sea had a lot of content that was cut from the final version of the game, from concept art that did not make it past the drawing board to full storylines. The telegram about not picking the #77 baseball, the coin flip, the choice of pendant, etc. Similarly, Elizabeth asks Booker how he deals with all the things he's done shortly after he rescues her and he replies that he just learned to live with them.         The question that bugged me the most at the end of the game was: "Why does Booker have to be drowned when we (player/Elizabeth) want to kill Comstock?" Before opening the box, one cannot know if the cat is alive or dead. This way they conduct it as a "play", Booker plays Comstock and is killed in his place. This idea also gives reason to Booker waking up at the end of credit. Thus it could then be theorized that only the Bookers who accept the baptism die (who's to say how this symbolic drowning would manifest? In some he would not have become a drunk in the first place, or would not have sold his daughter, or genuinely changed his character irrespective of the baptism. This makes it no longer self-consistent, albeit theoretically it can probably be dealt with, but no further at this point. Thus, the ending scene is more of a symbolic act that represents all (baptism-rejecting and -accepting) instantiations of Booker to emphasize both their sacrifices, which is supported by the generally anti-objectivist narrative, leaning heavily towards a Zen-like approach to dealing with the struggle that is life. ", the same phrase mentioned by a Splicer at the beginning of the original Bioshock. This would make it easier to carry out their plan. Also, if he remembers, he can instill within his child the same sense of intellectual curiosity, love of life, etc. (They'd only create new universes without those events. Re-Enter the Telescope and they are still gone. The creators of the classic System Shock 2 and BioShock are hard at work with BioShock: Infinite. Booker and Elizabeth discover a wall covered in scalps labeled with the names of prominent members of the city, including Saltonstall. Here the conflict might be physical or cognitive. Obviously, most of these earths are uninhabited or uninhabitable altogether and even the ones that are vastly different in terms of human civilization and history are generally disregarded when people are referring to alternate realities. Look for a poster when making it to "the girl in the monument". This is quantum mechanics, and it's what makes possible multiple realities simultaneously. Well here is where the simplification sort of comes in, there aren't many (possibly any) constants in the world. Personally, I prefer it to turning the plot into a convoluted mess of paradoxes and inconsistencies. Knowing the constants and variables of each one? He is again referenced after the Vox Populi take over Columbia. have something else for breakfast, but extends to universes in which the events of Bioshock (or any other fictional story) actually transpired on earth, and even includes absurdities like the earth not being a rocky spheroid but rather an equilateral cube made of pure gold. Can she visit Booker, and would she even want to? infinite post-baptism-refusal Bookers for the Luteces to choose from (which the game seems to imply that there are), there is not only one Booker who goes to the river to consider the baptism but infinite. It could also be implying that the other pairs we see are other players who finished Infinite. The first deck is the Hangar Deck, primarily used to accommodate the ship's crew and the multiple gunships that can dock on the vessel to transport cargo and personnel. This means that the only possibility allowed by nature is to refuse the baptism, making the refusal no longer a variable, but a constant. [Otherwise the MWI would not be able to explain time-travel, among most other things about quantum physics.]. There are other various moments in the game which indicate that Booker's been through all of this before, and the Luteces almost treat him like a lab rat in a maze. Through use of these lighthouses, BioShock Infinite simplifies the multiverse theory. Thanks to Elizabeth, no branching universes are created at this point and Booker goes on to raise Anna without her being taken away by an alternate version of himself. If you look at the map after getting off the skyline before going into the "Hall of Heroes" it is similar to a map of Disney Land. After successfully destroying the siphon through use of the Songbird, Elizabeth now has full use of her ability, and is omnipotent. Elizabeth Comstock is a fictional character in Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite, the third title in the BioShock series. We do not actually witness the disappearance of the "final" Elizabeth. At the beginning of the game the man who baptizes you, Preacher Whitting, echoes the phrase "Is it someone new? Prior to meeting Comstock, Rosalind Lutece's research in the existence of a floating atom lead her as far as the creation of that atom, and a means of which she could communicate with Robert Lutece through Morse code. It was released worldwide for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and OS X platforms in 2013, and a Linux port was released in 2015. If you look at it this way, we are all right. First Theory: Elizabeth's Missing Pendant, Second Theory: Elizabeth and Transfering One's Consciousness, Third Theory: The Disappearance of All but the "Final" Elizabeth. the Elizabeths are disappearing at the end we can assume something happened. Though many Bookers effectively die when their universes are closed, the drowning mainly serves to illustrate that Booker has to kill his self to really become free of himself by relinquishing his will to live and embracing death, thereby detaching himself from the world and Elizabeth, which she has to accept by letting him go. In the event that the player gets Booker killed during the game, you often see the black and white flashback to Booker's office again. For one, it would mean that all the choices Booker and Elizabeth make are basically meaningless since there always is an alternate reality in which their alter egos made the exact opposite choice. The post-credit scene then can be interpreted in two ways: It is real and Booker is alive. IGN Editors Discuss the Ending of BioShock Infinite. To which Elizabeth responds, "it's not the same.". This is crucial, because everything outside of the cosmological horizon is fundamentally inaccessible to us, i.e. (As there can be many incremental differences between universes.). But that is again off-topic. In the Booker's universe, Robert Lutece is assigned with the task of retrieving Anna DeWitt from Booker. There is also a Hand Cannon in a baby carriage next to a dead woman in Emporia, a reference to the revolver in the original. This makes it impossible for them to ever be rid of Booker, by their own choice no less. The presence of other Booker/Elizabeth pairs there would normally be a contradiction, since the drowning would only happen once, making additional occurrences of the event redundant. In essence, the final scene is symbolic in nature and not literal. Does this Booker have any knowledge of the events in the game, like a bad dream? Remember also - the Battle of Wounded Knee and the Boxer Rebellion are real-world events.  They happened. Robert and Rosalind continue to create branch-universes while they are working for Comstock and Elizabeth starts doing the same as soon as she begins to display her ability. there is also a scene which occurs in the tear when you turn out to be a martyr and are in shantytown.near graveyard shift bar few vox populis are taking photos with a dead handyman. This also means that in an infinite set of outcomes, even the tiniest possibility will be guaranteed to actually occur, no matter how unlikely it is. The motorized patriots are a symbol for the false effigies of past idols we create and use to justify our actions and beliefs. When Elizabeth asks Booker if he fears God, it is a hint that she is a moral person and may feel obligated to do the right thing. BioShock decorre no ano de 1960, na cidade subaquática fictícia de Rapture; o jogador aprende a história da cidade através das caixas de áudio espalhadas por todo o jogo. In the universe where Booker DeWitt exists, Robert Lutece is born rather than Rosalind Lutece. Merchandise - BioShock Infinite Wiki Guide - IGN. Booker's death at the baptism would have brought an end to Elizabeth's existence. This is an admittedly more veiled reference to Tennenbaum in Rapture whom Fink has been observing:', "Dear brother, these holes in the thin air continue to pay dividends. The scene is not real and something like a distant afterthought or melancholy figment of Elizabeth's imagination. BioShock places the burden of responsibility for the entire state of the world on its players and then, in its ending, it explains why this is.  Entanglement occurs when two objects are non-locally connected and transfer information instantaneously. In the end then, after the Siphon is destroyed, she essentially becomes God (of the entire Bioshock multiverse). This is a reference to the original BioShock when you find the pistol in a baby carriage. This can be found by a locked shop in a fire, between Memorial Garden and Market District, near where the secret song on this level is. A fair number of the arguments presented here have already been mentioned in one form or another. Because his exposure to these tears made him sterile, he had to open up a tear into a universe in which he had a child and retrieve her. This means that Elizabeth erased all universes in which he became Comstock (and possibly stripped herself of her powers, returning to her infant self to give Booker a chance of living with his daughter). At the point which this exchange takes place, a portal is created between the two main universes in order to bring Anna to Comstock. The most important clue in my opinion however, is the fact that during the ending when Booker is drowned, all but one instance of Elizabeth (all those non-omnipotent versions whose Booker did not succeed in getting her to this point) vanish. The question is, what's she doing now? Thus, by choosing one outcome (Booker dies), they are determining simultaneously that an alternate outcome of Booker lives occurs. In the final scenes, where the Annas come together to drown the successful DeWitt, I see two possible resolutions.  Either this represents a group of deities trying to explain to a monotemporal being what they are doing - all the DeWitts who enter the waters will die; or that is where all the successful DeWitts go when their mission is complete.  Comstock must be eliminated, and any DeWitt who has crossed path with Comstock must sadly perish; this would indicate that there are considerably fewer Comstock actors than DeWitt actors - considering the vast amount of effort, chance and energy required to engineer the Comstock future this seems likely. Mild Sexual Themes, Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco. Thus, when the Elizabeths make the choice to drown Booker, they are quantumly entangled with other Elizabeths, and their choice (just like the coin), will result in a binary opposite choice, again via quantum entanglement. As Elizabeth puts it: "There's always a man, always a lighthouse, always a city.". In this final universe, Booker and Anna are assumed to live happily ever after. Thus, Booker never solely accepts or rejects the baptism, it's always both. BioShock Infinite Summary : The third game in the popular Bioshock series, BioShock: Infinite breaks away from the underwater setting of the first two games to take players into the floating city of Columbia. Because Booker worked for the Pinkertons, he is, in a way, guilty of creating the state of places like Finkton. In most other cases I would reject such an answer as a cheap cop-out, but in the case of this game, which is entirely based on the concept of parallel realities and pays great attention to detail, I think this epic and tidy solution manages to nicely connect most debated plot points and even enriches the story's dramatic impact. It is possible that the game treats your "respawn" with that Booker actually having died, while you then continue playing as yet another Booker, one who makes a better choice at that time to prevent his death. To put matters into perspective, think about the following: In reality, the 'entire' universe may be much bigger or in fact infinite in size, however our observable universe is very much finite (91 billion light years across). When Rosalind hands Booker the shield during the Comstock Center Rooftops portion of the game, both her and Robert are surprised that it doesn't kill him. This also explains the conversation between Booker and Elizabeth when he says he had never heard of Columbia before arriving there. Input the following code to unlock 1999 Mode: The Wrench, your trusty weapon in the original BioShock, can be found in BioShock Infinite. So in the game, some universes had the original baptism and some didn't, but how many exacly? Bioshock Infinite takes this idea an entire step further by tackling numerous ideas and philosophies. Booker makes a last minute decision that he wants his daughter back, and attempts to pull her away from the tear, but is unsuccessful and her pinky finger is cut off. He would be incorrect, but that's all right since he doesn't know better and only tries to comfort her. At some point during this time, he brands "AD" on his hand, standing for Anna DeWitt. This means that there are an infinite number of Bookers in different universes all go to the river and have a chance to make the baptism decision. Digging below the surface of the first two games reveals distinct references to and discussions about the philosophies of Ayn Rand. I'd like to think that Booker has been shown Divine Grace. That is a fairly large number, but decidedly finite. 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