One of BioShock Infinite‘s central characters, and the figure gamers will spend their time with the game defending, is named Elizabeth. She has been featured heavily in the marketing and discussion surrounding the upcoming sequel in one of the gaming world’s most loved universes.
Ken Levine spoke with OXM in a recent issue regarding the internet’s general perception of Elizabeth. It was there that he expressed a level of disbelief regarding where a lot of the public’s attention is focused:
“In terms of her body type, I think certainly people on the Internet have spent way more time thinking about Elizabeth’s chest than I have. It’s something I’ve barely thought about…
…We sort of evolved her over time, and that’s the challenge when you show stuff early on – you’re still in the creative process and you’re still evolving the creative process. I’m sure Elizabeth may evolve a little bit more over time because until it’s out, I haven’t made the definitive statement on it… so I certainly don’t spend as much time thinking about this issue as the Internet does, and I’m not sure what that says about the Internet but, you know.”
“It’s disappointing when [Elizabeth’s chest] becomes a focus for conversation because that was never my intent and it’s sort of a disincentive – I’d much rather talk about what she’s going through as a person, but whatever, they have the right to shout out whatever they want.”
While we’re certainly the types of gamers that champion plot and characters over figure design, we do have a counterpoint to Levine’s apparent frustration: the gaming community doesn’t know Elizabeth as well as he does. We, as a general group, have nothing to go on about her beyond the screenshots and media Irrational Games has released. While we’ve been able to assemble a bit about her character in the game, the most emphasized feature of her design is her bust.
The easy solution? As far as we’re concerned, Levine has two options … he can either ignore the discussion completely (as it will likely wain once the game releases), or he can have his studio redesign her look. Either way, we assume the gaming community’s focus will be on the game itself, not Elizabeth’s appearance.