- For the multiplayer level, see Arcadia (BioShock 2 Multiplayer).
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- "Today Arcadia was closed off to all but paying customers. The man hires me to build a forest at the bottom of the ocean, and then turns a walk in the woods into a luxury."
- ―Julie Langford[src]
Arcadia is the living, breathing heart of Rapture. Its lush forests and abundant plant life served to generate life-sustaining oxygen the city needed. It was a tranquil haven for those seeking a respite from the daily rigors of city life, to relax in solitude among the many trees and grassy hills. Vacationers seeking something more relaxing than the flashing lights of Fort Frolic could find peace and serenity in the lovely Waterfall Grotto, Tea Garden, and other havens beneath the canopy of trees.
Arcadia was created by botanical scientists on Ryan's payroll, most notably Julie Langford. Langford helped create Arcadia and its agricultural research facility, and later used ADAM to grow plants and trees. For a time, Arcadia was a free park for the citizens of Rapture, but Andrew Ryan closed Arcadia to all but paying customers, as he believed the service it provided warranted payment.
During the Civil War, a cult known as Saturnine appeared in Arcadia. The cult members worshiped nature and indulged in splicing and drinking as part of their "rituals". Ryan vowed to put a stop to the Saturnine, whom he saw as an organised religion, as their activities endangered citizens and disrupted the work of Arcadia's scientists. The park experienced a number of lock downs as the violence in the city became worse, and was eventually closed to the public all together. However Langford continued to return to her lab in the park to continue work on the Lazarus Vector.
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The Tea Garden was one of the calmest places in Rapture. Nothing got the betties in the mood better than a night-time stroll in the Arcadia Tea Garden. Rolling hills, admirable waterfalls, a calm stream, dim light, and a perfect atmosphere were all part of the Garden's allure. After the fall of Rapture, the Tea Garden's customers were kept away by the growing civil strife.
The Tree Farm was a place where citizens could see trees and farm plants growing under the ocean. Situated next the entrance gates to Arcadia, it was nigh impossible to miss. By the end of the Civil War, the area was in disuse and became overgrown, making it nearly inaccessible with a growth of vines keeping the doors shut.
Arcadia Glens was the main hub of Arcadia. From the Glens, visitors could reach the Waterfall Grotto, the Rolling Hills, the Tea Garden and the Tree Farm. It consists of a long concourse running through Arcadia, connecting with lower paths where water was circulated through the various areas.
The Waterfall Grotto is one of the more impressive areas in Arcadia. Like the rest of Arcadia, it has fallen into disorder. Its former glory is barely visible beneath the plant growth, rubble, flood-water, and shadows. The Rosa Gallica is one of the rare plants that bloomed there.
The Rolling Hills was another place citizens of Rapture could relax and enjoy the serenity of the verdant park. As the name suggests, the Rolling Hills' features a smooth hilly landscape. With its abundance of trees and foliage, it is one of the best places to have a walk in the "woods" of Rapture.
The Research Center, supervised by Julie Langford, was an important place for botanical research in Rapture. Despite lockdown of the bathyspheres and growing dangers in Rapture, Langford continued to conduct her research here under contract with Ryan Industries. She had high security systems installed to keep Splicers out, and to ward off the members of the Saturnine cult. The Central Misting Control for all areas of the district, including the Farmer's Market was situated in Langford's Office, which overlooks the Rolling Hills.
Single Use EventsEdit
- There is 1 Power to the People vending machine
New Plasmids and Tonics (Found)Edit
- Security Evasion - Waterfall Grotto.
- Hacking Expert - On a desk in the entrance of the Research Laboratories.
New Plasmids and Tonics (Available at a Gatherer's Garden)Edit
- Combat Tonic Slot - Price: 80 ADAM
- Cyclone Trap - Price: 60 ADAM
- Electro Bolt 2 - Price: 120 ADAM
- EVE Saver - Price: 1 ADAM
- Engineering Tonic Slot - Price: 80 ADAM
- Human Inferno - Price: 20 ADAM
- Physical Tonic Slot - Price: 80 ADAM
- Vending Expert - Price: 1 ADAM
- Langford's Office, 9457
- For Radio Messages in Arcadia, see Radio Messages: Arcadia - Farmer's Market.
- Bill McDonagh - Seeing Ghosts
- Dieter Sonnekalb - Big Night Out
- Brigid Tenenbaum - Mass Producing ADAM
- Julie Langford - Arcadia Closed
- Julie Langford - The Saturnine
- Mariska Lutz - Shouldn't Have Come
- Andrew Ryan - The Market is Patient
- Julie Langford - Early Tests Promising
- Andrew Ryan - Offer a Better Product
- Diane McClintock - Heroes and Criminals
- Julie Langford - What Won't They Steal
- Julie Langford - Teaching an Old Hound
- Julie Langford - Lazarus Vector Formula
- Julie Langford - The Lazarus Vector
- Julie Langford - Arcadia and Oxygen
- Brigid Tenenbaum - Maternal Instinct
- Andrew Ryan - The Great Chain
Rapture Metro Connector
Waterfall Grotto, 2nd Visit
Additional detailed advice:
It is a good idea to set up Proximity Mines around the entrances before starting the battle as Atlas will send 6 down the pneumo tube, but make sure not to put any in the Big Daddy's path. On harder difficulty settings using cyclone traps is also a good idea. Put cyclone traps in front of the two locked doors; one near the Vita-Chamber and the other next to the Turret in the other room to take out the first attackers. There are also numerous gas tanks and oil barrels around the labs that can be placed in strategic positions to the player's advantage. Placing a Proximity Mine in the corner between the Vita-Chamber and the door in the raised room by the Bot Shutdown Panel will take out the first Houdini Splicer as soon as it appears.
- Main article: Minerva's Den (DLC)
Burial at SeaEdit
- Main article: Burial at Sea (DLC)
Arcadia is referenced in both of BioShock Infinite's story-driven downloadable contents, Burial at Sea - Episode 1 and Episode 2. It is mentioned in a reused public address announcement heard throughout the levels and can be seen on several consumables, showing products from cereals to vegetables were grown there. Booker DeWitt implies in Episode 1, that Arcadia had secluded cabins. Recreational lodgings such as these would further Arcadia's reputation as a scenic vacation destination.
Signs and AdvertisementsEdit
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The level name "Arcadia" was inspired by the Latin phrase "Et in Arcadia ego", which translates to "Even in Arcadia I exist" spoken by Death personified. The Utopian vision, Arcadia, is associated with bountiful natural splendor and harmony, so the phrase is a reminder that even in paradise things die, which ironically could be a reference to Rapture itself. Early in development for the level Andrew Ryan was intended to say this phrase just before releasing the poison into the level. The line was later cut, but the name of the level remained.
- When the level Arcadia was made, the artists developing it utilized code from a previously removed feature of the game. This feature was originally intended to change lighting, fog, etc. in relation to the pressure of the area the player was in. The artists used the remaining code for the events such as the dying and revival of the trees.
- Some may speculate that the Rapture Metro station situated within the grounds of Arcadia served as the main entrance to the area before the entry fee was implemented. The reason for this is that there is no ticket booth found near the Metro doorway. After the entrance fee was introduced it would seem that the main entry point to Arcadia was through Farmer's Market, seeing as a ticket booth was constructed just outside.
- An announcement made after the gas is released in Arcadia states that "Oxygen levels critical. Lockdown initiated. All bulkhead doors are now sealed...". However, the bulkhead to the Research Laboratories, and the ones in Farmer's Market, will still open for the player.
- The suspended water wheels in the Waterfall Grotto can be interacted with, by using Telekinesis to throw an object for example.
- ↑ "Et in Arcadia ego" on Wikipedia
- ↑ Arcadia on Wikipedia
- ↑ "Arcadia Demade", designer commentary by BioShock developer Jean-Paul LeBreton on his blog, vectorpoem.com
- ↑ "Five Cut Features" article on IrrationalGames.com