Return to your bathysphere and once again submerge yourself into a world that lies beneath the second largest body of water known to the universe. Furthermore, also prepare yourself to ascend towards the floating air-city of Columbia.
Prepare for Bioshock: The Collection.
Remastered versions of the Bioshock franchise’s three games comprise Bioshock: The Collection. In addition, The collection will include all single player content first released as downloadable content. Hence, you’ll receive packs such as: Minerva’s Den, Burial at Sea, and Clash in the Clouds.
From the Bioshock page on 2K’s website comes the following excerpt:
"Return to the cities of Rapture and Columbia and experience the award-winning Bioshock franchise like never before. Bioshock: The Collection retells the epic journeys of the Bioshock universe beautifully remastered in 1080p. Bioshock: The Collection contains all single-player content from Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite, all single-player add-on content, the “Columbia’s Finest” pack, and Director’s Commentary: Imagining Bioshock, featuring Ken Levine and Shawn Robertson."
The body of water I spoke of earlier is none other than the Atlantic. At 76.762 million square kilometers, the Atlantic Ocean has seen its fair share of atrocities. One of those abhorrent instances was on April 15, 1912. On that date, the RMS Titanic sunk at approximately 2:20 a.m., with over one thousand people still aboard.
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There are many theories in what caused an unsinkable ship to plummet towards the floor of the Atlantic. I would like to explain parts of one theory for you that is similar to that of author Robin Gardiner, as explained in his 2004 novel, Titanic: The Ship That Never Sank?.
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Apparently, the Titanic’s sister ship, RMS Olympic, also known as Old Reliable, collided with the HMS Hawke on September 20,1911 off the Isle of Wight. In addition, the Hawke’s bow tore two large holes in Olympic’s hull, both above and below the waterline. The collision was on Olympic’s starboard side close to the stern. Consequently, this lead to the flooding of two of Olympic’s watertight compartments and damaging her propeller shaft. The HMS Hawke’s bow was intended to sink ships, however the Olympic stayed afloat.
The Royal Navy blamed the Olympic for the collision. As the Hawke’s Commander proclaimed he could not take sufficient avoiding action as the Olympic turned starboard. He said the Olympic’s large displacement created a suction that pulled his warship into the Olympic. White Star Line, the Olympic’s shipping company, ultimately had to endure payment of large legal bills along with the cost of repairing the ship. Thus, keeping the Olympic out of revenue service for as much as 8 weeks.
The Titanic’s completion was halted twice in order to repair the HMS Olympic. First, the Olympic’s damaged propeller shaft was replaced with the Titanic. The Olympic soon after lost a propeller blade coming East from New York. The Titanic’s resources were used for a second time to repair the Olympic. Therefore, the Titanic’s maiden voyage was pushed back from March 20th to April 10,1912.
Differences between the ocean liners, such as Titanic’s unique cafe and it’s enlarged à la carte restaurant have been noted. Also, the configuration of the ship’s B-decks differ as analyzed by Mark Chirnside in his 2006 work, Olympic & Titanic – An Analysis of the Robin Gardiner Conspiracy Theory. Though the ships contrast, similarities are plentiful since the same men crafted both ships.
Even with these similarities, I don’t believe an individual without extensive knowledge of ocean liners, hence the passengers, would notice any differences. In addition, the fact that a warship’s bow failed to sink Olympic gave White Star Line the notion that Olympic and perhaps the Titanic were truly unsinkable.
An iceberg or probably pack ice which can formulate into an iceberg, consequently sunk Old Reliable; and not the Titanic, after departing on April 10th. I can’t concur with Gardiner’s theory of an insurance scam. Neither was there an intention to sink the Titanic via a coal shortage. I don’t consider Chirnside a liar, as he claimed ship surveyors concluded the Olympic of November 1932 was the same Olympic as in April 1911. However, I don’t know that for sure. We will never know the whole truth behind the most horrific maritime disasters in history.
September 13, 2016 marks the North American release date of Bioshock: The Collection. Available platforms include PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Those of you down under will have to wait until the 15th. The game will be released worldwide on September 16th. Though I’m not sure about you communist countries. I’m only kidding China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Ok, maybe not with Cuba & North Korea.
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