Game Informer is one of the most popular videogame magazines in the United States. It’s known for some really great cover art to the point where new issues are somewhat of a spectacle. During a panel at PAX 2010, Game Informer revealed a few covers for its October issue. Among them is a great image of the Handyman.
The Handyman is the being that played the antagonist in the first BioShock Infinite trailer. The Handyman was presented as a giant of a creature capable great strength. Think of him as the Big Daddy of Columbia. Irrational Games revealed on its podcast the origins of the Handyman. His original design contained claws instead of hands. The team felt claws took too much humanity away from the Handyman, so they gave him hands instead. We still don’t know the origins of the Handyman or what his purpose is. The Handyman’s chest plate says Betterman’s Auto Body which suggests he was built in a shop.
The other two Game Informer covers show Elizabeth and a man surrounded by crows. The man could be the game’s protagonist Booker DeWitt, but that is unconfirmed. The front and back covers are designed as if they were created in the early 1900’s. They may also contain hints as to what we can expect in Infinite. One ad is for “Marlowe’s Patented Vigors” which is a “deterrent against hooligans.” The bottle Marlowe is holding up is the same sculpture that is shown on one of the Game Informer covers. Are these the new plasmids?
BioShock Infinite will be released in 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.