Art for the Bioshock timeline, featuring art from the first game.

What’s in the Bioshock Timeline?


There isn’t much in the Bioshock timeline, but the franchise can be difficult to figure out. 2K games has confirmed that they are working on more games, so the content of this timeline should expand in the future.

This timeline includes all of the following:

  • The Bioshock Games: These are the backbone of the Bioshock timeline. They include the original three games from Irrational Games, but will include all future games coming from 2K.
  • The Novels: There are two (so far) tie-in novels for the Bioshock franchise. This timeline includes them in their proper order.
  • The DLC: Downloadable content, such as Burial at Sea have their own story and are almost separate games in themselves. They are included as a separate game on this timeline.

The unfortunate fact about the Bioshock timeline is that there is a multiverse and alternate timelines involved. That means that the chronology is not always consistent. For example, some events shown during the fall of Rapture in Burial at Sea are different from those in the book Rapture. But this can be explained by the fact that Burial at Sea may be an alternate timeline where things happened a little differently. So we really don’t know how to categorize it. Thankfully, there isn’t much media to put in order, so for now it’s simple enough.

#Time:Buy:Name:Type:Author/Director:Year:Notes:
11912BuyBioShock: InfiniteGameIrrational Games2013
21912BuyBioShock Infinite: Mind In RevoltNovelKen Levine2013
31945 - 1959BuyBioShock: RaptureNovelJohn Shirley2011
41959BioShock: Infinite: Burial at SeasGameIrrational Games2014Infinite DLC that takes place at the fall of Rapture. Slightly contradicts the novel.
51960BuyBioShockGameIrrational Games2007
61968BuyBioShock 2GameIrrational Games2010

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