There is too much to know in this world; sometimes you’re better off with your head in the sand. And there’s no better demonstration of this fact than beholding a BioShock Big Daddy without a helmet.
Andy found it and posted it to Twitter, a website for the expression of all things outrageous and horrible:
Good morning to everyone except the BioShock concept artist who drew this image of a Big Daddy without a helmet. pic.twitter.com/VjI31ouaXEJuly 6, 2021
This concept art—a trace of which never made it into the game, because Big Daddy’s aren’t so cruel as to demask—is the work of artist Robb Waters. That’s according to Fandom anyway: it doesn’t appear on Waters’ own website, presumably to avoid a curse. The face is pretty yuck, but it also kinda reminds me of a sad old man. It’s that ambiguity that drives its weirdness home.
Of course, BioShock isn’t all about mercifully hidden monstrosities: there’s beauty in it too, as this collection of BioShock Infinite concept art shows. But if you want some insight into another of BioShock’s more grisly moments, the making of Fort Frolic is enlightening.