A teaser website for Bioshock 2 has been launched. Named “Something under the Sea”, the website looks set to include new information regarding one of the most-anticipated titles of this year. So I have taken it upon myself to investigate not just what’s under the sea, but what is under the clues.
First of all, let’s start with what we see. We get an image of the world map with three documents pinned just above Europe. There is also a cross on Ireland with the date 2/20/67. The pinned documents contain an image of a Big Daddy doll, with bits of seaweed and a slightly messed up helmet. There is then a newspaper article regarding the “apparent kidnapping” of a seven-year-old girl, and finally, there is a paper note reporting on the discovery of footprints and the doll pictured previously. Being a teaser site, these documents are very likely to contain hidden meanings.
To start simply, the X on Ireland suggests something on the 20th of February 1967 happened in Ireland. The date is very important and is the first major detail into Bioshock 2. Previous rumours lead us to believe the game would be a prequel. The original Bioshock was set in 1960, seven years before the event mentioned on the website. The other importance that the date has is that at the top of the newspaper article, there is a date and yes, you guessed it, it reads Tuesday February 20, 1967. Whatever happened that day was a major event.
On slightly closer inspection, the X appears to be on the coast. In fact, looking through the remaining documents gives us an even better idea of where it is. The newspaper article mentions Liscannor, a coastal village in Ireland, which has its own bay, in fact, the newspaper even mentions Liscannor Bay as “a comforting sight to fishermen.” It’s also quite ironic that the ocean that the Bay is next to just happens to be the Atlantic Ocean, the location where the original Bioshock was set. This was confirmed by the teaser trailer, first revealed at the end of the PlayStation 3 version of Bioshock.
The teaser trailer is also a vital clue into working out the mystery surrounding the teaser website. The image of the doll is the same as the doll the girl is holding within the trailer. The girl also matches the description within the newspaper article, leading me to believe it is in fact her. This means that the girl had knowledge of Big Daddies, and possibly even Rapture, before she was ‘kidnapped.’
The indented commas around kidnapped were intentional. This is because after studying the evidence, I feel she may not have been kidnapped, though this was unknown to the residents of Liscannor Bay. What’s interesting about the girl’s kidnapper was how, according to “local fisherman, Eamon Clune… and his wife Charlotte,” they were “thin, above average height”, managed to race “out of the broken window with ‘incredible speed’” and “wore some kind of red light.” This description leads me (and probably you) to believe that this was in fact a Big Daddy.
The paper note states that a J. Lynch (more on him later) discovered a “remarkable item… about a week before the attack”. This is yet another sign that the girl had previous knowledge of the Big Daddies. J. Lynch describes the toy as one of “most singular design” and a “peculiar figure of the attacker”. What’s interesting about the note, is the date (18th March 1967), almost a month after the girl went missing. Would you really wait that long to send a scruffy letter if you didn’t think it was important?
Another aspect to take note regarding the paper note is the red markings. It is unknown who made them, though they were clearly made by someone who thinks J. Lynch is a “nut”. Could this be a character we’ve already encountered from the first Bioshock title? Who knows.
J. Lynch may just sound like a random name but a quick Wikipedia search brought up a “John Mary “Jack” Lynch,” the fourth Taoiseach of Ireland, who in 1967 returned to “Dublin following talks on the European Community with General Charles de Gaulle in Paris”. Ireland – check. 1967 – Check. J. Lynch – check. It all adds up, but the strangest thing about this, is how John Lynch was better known as Jack. Who was the main character in Bioshock? Would it happen to be Jack by any chance? Why I believe it was. Is our hero the one who wrote this mysterious note? If so, does Jack want the residents of Liscannor to discover Rapture? Was the doll planted there? Is it even the same Jack? All these questions and queries though no definite answers.
If you have any queries, or have discovered something I may have missed, then leave us a comment. We’d love to hear your take on the teasers and even some of your thoughts on my discoveries.