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Bendy and the Ink Machine
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Concept Art from Bendy and the Ink Machine Chapter 6

Genre

Comedic Suspense

Starring

Bendy
Hello Neighbor
Freddy Fazbear
Tattletail
Sans
Monika

Theme music composer

Unknown

Opening theme

Unknown

Country of origin

Russia

Language(s)

English

No. of seasons

1

No. of episodes

20 (ordered for first season)

Original run

2014-unknown

Created by

Dan Schneider
Dana Olsen

Bendy and the Ink Machine (often abbreviated to BATIM) is an episodic survival horror video game developed and published by Joey Drew Studios Inc. (TheMeatly Games until July 31, 2018). The game takes place in 1966 and follows Henry, a retired animator who returns to his old studio upon an invitation from his old friend Joey Drew and discovers a nightmare of cartoon characters seemingly created by the titular Ink Machine.

The game's first chapter was released for Linux, macOS and Microsoft Windows via Game Jolt on February 10, 2017, with a second chapter bundled with a remastered version of the first following on April 18, 2017. After the game succeeded in its Steam Greenlightcampaign on February 28, 2017,[1] both available chapters were released onto Steam on April 27, 2017. The third chapter was released on September 28, 2017 and the fourth chapter was released on April 30, 2018, after a short delay. Mike Mood, the game's programmer, describes the game as an "accidental success".[2]

Bendy and the Ink Machine was announced to be published by Rooster Teeth Games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018 after the fifth and final chapter is completed and released,[3] with a release for Nintendo Switch on November 20, 2018.

Storyline

Popular bogeymen Jason Voorhees terrorizes a group of nubile astronauts five centuries into the future in this sci-fi update of the Friday the 13th franchise. Early in the 21st century, Jason (actor/stunt man Kane Hoddar, filling the role for a fourth time) is experimented upon by army technocrats who hope to turn his supernatural invulnerability into a military application. Most of them meet a swift and bloody end -- except Rowan (Lexa Doig), a beautiful functionary, who traps the killer in a cryogenic stasis chamber. Unfortunately, she takes a machete blow in the process, gets frozen herself, and wakes up on a spaceship in the year 2455. The earth has long since been rendered uninhabitable, but the survivors include a group of archaeological students headed by Professor Lowe (Jonathan Potts), who hopes to make a quick buck by selling the corpse of the historical serial killer. The kids re-animate Rowan with the help of nanotechnology. Little do they know that a mere thaw job is enough to resuscitate Jason and reawaken his bloodthirst. Soon, the comely students and their space-marine protectors are being dispatched one by one. Help arrives in the form of a holographic chamber and an android named Kay-Em 14 (Lisa Ryder). Soon, though, Jason himself gets an upgrade -- just as the spaceship is getting ready to self-destruct.

Cast

Main

  • Markiplier as Bendy
  • Hulk Hogan as Bible Man
  • Tana Mongeau as Angel Ink Lady
  • Furby as Tattletail
  • Peter Pan as Hello Neighbor

Recurring

Kekistani President Big Man Tyrone (Based Tyrone)

Episodes

Chapter One: Moving Pictures

In 1966, Henry, a retired animator, returns to his old animation studio, Joey Drew Studios, after receiving an invitation from his old friend and former employer, Joey Drew, to be shown something important. Having not been to the studio in thirty years, Henry finds the place seemingly abandoned. He eventually discovers the titular Ink Machine after locating two battery cells needed to power the generator that lifts it out from underneath and decides to turn it on after concluding it is what Joey wanted to show him. During the repair attempts, Henry uncovers hints from old tape recordings from two repair workers, Wally Franks and Thomas Connor, which imply that Joey was taking part in bizarre occult practices and was not taking care of the ink machine properly as Connor remarks about the pipes constantly bursting. Henry suddenly encounters the gruesome discovery of a corpse in the shape of Boris the Wolf, one of the studio's characters.[4]

After completing the necessary steps to fix the Ink Machine (which requires finding six objects needed to restore the ink pressure: a wrench, a Bendy doll, a record, a book, an inkwell, and a gear), he finds the path to the machine boarded up. Henry is then suddenly jumpscared by a humanoid, skeletal ink monster who sports the same name of the studio's most popular mascot, Bendy (who is possibly a transformed Joey Drew). Henry attempts to flee from "Bendy" as the studio starts to flood with ink and just before he reaches the exit, the floor collapses underneath him, sending him into a room below. After draining out the ink, using an axe to clear the path, and approaching a pentagram drawn on the floor, Henry is racked with a vision of the Ink Machine, a wheelchair, and "Bendy" before he passes out.

Chapter Two: The Old Song

After waking up on a mass of strange random shapes in a circle (as of the Chapter 4 update), Henry explores the studio's music department and infirmary, encountering hostile inky monsters called Searchers. Henry searches for three switches needed to open a gate and finds several more tape recordings of how the studio fared since his departure, including one by Sammy Lawrence, the musical director for the studio, who seemingly started to worship Bendy as a deity following the ink machine's installment, which the ink machine itself he didn't appeal to. Another tape recording from Norman Polk, the studio projectionist, mentions how Sammy continually disrupted daily recording sessions by attempting to enter a custom built sanctuary. The chapter also introduces Susie Campbell, a voice actress, who discusses her casting as Alice Angel, a new character in the studio.

While attempting to disable the ink flood blocking Sammy's office door, Henry encounters Jack Fain, the studio's lyricist, now a non-hostile Searcher, and has to kill him with a lift control to retrieve a valve handle. He searches for a key needed to unlock a door and plays Sammy's favorite song to open the door to another valve. After activating the pump switch in Sammy's office to drain the flooded stairwell of the music department blocking the exit, Henry is then knocked out from behind by the now-insane Sammy with a dustpan. Upon waking up, he realizes that Sammy's whole body has been covered with ink and now wears a aged Bendy mask over his face. Hoping that Bendy, his lord, will restore his humanity, Sammy plots to sacrifice Henry to him. However, Sammy is presumably killed by "Bendy" off-screen after he arrives. Henry escapes from "Bendy" (in which the door closes and locks from behind, stopping "Bendy" from following Henry), only to encounter a living version of Boris.

Chapter Three: Rise and Fall

Henry, after awakening in a safe room that he was taken to, works with the friendly Boris to find a way out of the studio. He first makes Boris soup in exchange for a lever needed to open an exit. They make their way through a dark hallway using a flashlight and find themselves in Heavenly Toys, the studio's toy manufacturing department. They even hear a tape from Shawn Flynn, the studio's toy maker. He explains that Joey got mad when he noticed that the Bendy plushies has crooked smiles. Briefly separated from Boris, Henry encounters a psychotic, aggressive ink creature who sports the same name of the cartoon character Alice Angel, implied that it is presumably a transformed Susie, as audio recordings reveal she was unceremoniously replaced as Alice's voice actress with Allison Pendle. Another audio recording from Joey Drew implies he was trying to motivate his employees, promoting the idea behind belief. Henry finds two pathways: the Path of the Demon and the Path of the Angel, and must choose which path to take. After entering one path, the other closes permanently. He then comes across a toy machine and has to fix it in order to clear the path. Soon after reuniting with Boris (who gives Henry a pipe to use as a weapon), Henry runs into a hostile and deformed member of the studio's Butcher Gang characters, Charley (who now holds the name of Piper, missing one arm and a jet pipe in the other), while trying to activate a switch to a door with Boris.

They reach Alice's lair on Level 9. There, Henry finds out that "Alice" has been harvesting the body parts of Boris clones and other toons, in order to improve her deformed appearance. While witnessing her electrocuting Piper (one of the Butcher Gang members), "Alice" offers Henry his freedom in exchange for a few errands (with the areas littered with Little Miracle Stations) and offers him tools to assist him.

Henry's first task (as of the Chapter 4 update) consists of finding four special gears for Alice's machines through wall gearboxes on Level K with a wrench while avoiding "Bendy" and Searchers. The second task is to collect three blobs of thick ink on Level 11 with a syringe, having to fight Barely (another Butcher Gang member, who now sports the name of Fisher and has a dangling head), and Swollen Searchers to collect the thick ink while avoiding "Bendy". The next task is to look for five valve panels on Level P, while having to fight with a plunger against Searchers, Edgar (a spider Butcher Gang member who now has two arms connected to a mechanic punching glove, holds the name of Striker, and is also deformed) and again avoiding "Bendy". After that, "Alice" sends Henry to Level K with a axe to chop down every Bendy cutout on the Level. After this task is finished, "Alice" will then warn Henry that "Bendy" hates it when any Bendy cutouts get destroyed and advises him to hide. When every task is finished, Henry then has to defend "Alice's" room from the Butcher Gang and Searchers that have flooded the halls of Level 9. Once completed, Alice requests one more favor to Henry to clean up the past work. He is sent down to Level 14, one of the inkiest and darkest places of the studio, to search for five inky hearts. Inhabiting Level 14 is the Projectionist, who is a transformed Norman Polk who now supports a inky body with a projector for a head, a reel of film at his left shoulder, a speaker welded to his chest, long humanoid arms, and a series of cables from his projector head to his lower back (who also hates it when any hearts get taken). If Henry has acquired a tommy gun, he can kill the Projectionist. Norman's audio logs support why he is at Level 14: "it's just the nature of us projectionists to seek out the dark places."

After completing this final task, "Alice" appears to talk to herself randomly, her musings include a possible implication that she once had a relationship with Sammy when she was still Susie, a statement saying after she was replaced she became incredibly distraught when Joey said she didn't fit the role anymore and to get back at him, she wants everyone to know herself as the character again, ending with the sentence "Dreams come true, Susie."

When every task is complete, Henry and Boris are allowed to ascend in an elevator to escape, but "Alice" proclaims she wants to use Boris to fix herself, and makes the elevator plummet down and crash to Level S. As Boris tries to awake Henry, he is suddenly pulled away by "Alice".

Chapter Four: Colossal Wonders

Henry awakens by the remains of the crashed elevator and begins searching for Boris. He journeys through the studio's archives, beginning to get hallucinations called horror visions, and discovers a large group of harmless ink monsters called the Lost Ones, unclear if the Lost Ones were previously employees of Joey Drew Studios, residents that visited the said studio, or just other types of ink-dwellers similar to the Searchers. In the archives is a recording from Susie, who states that Joey said he had an 'opportunity' for her, furthering the possibility that she is "Alice".

After navigating through the vents of the archives with the help of a flashlight (briefly encountering "Bendy" again), Henry then finds himself in a large underground warehouse that houses prototypes for a Bendy theme park, Bendy Land, which has now been written over (possibly by "Alice") as Bendy Hell. Created by park designer Bertrum Piedmont, more audio logs imply that Joey intended to take the credit for the park's creation, leading Bertrum to become frustrated with the studio owner.

Henry comes to conclude that the way to go is the haunted house ride, but it needs power from four switches throughout the warehouse. An audio recording by Wally Franks informs that playing the mini games stored in the facility will unlock at least one door. After playing "Bottle Wallop" and "Bullseye Bananza", Henry unlocks a door with a Sammy Lawrence mask face over it, seeming to be a rejected item storage, and pulls the first lever. Another strength mini game opens the Research and Design department (also known as R&D) where Henry finds the second lever. The Butcher Gang members act as a obstacle to the two levers (one is to open the exit to R&D) while Henry is without a weapon. Henry distracts the Butcher Gang by throwing bacon soup cans to maneuver their eyes off him. An audio recording from Lacie Benton, a supposed construction worker on Bendy Land, says that Bertrum was working on a animatronic like Bendy (found in the corner of the room with the audio log), and Lacie was creeped by this. The third lever is in Attraction Storage, where a spinner is housed. Another audio recording from Bertrum Piedmont expresses how he was extremely frustrated by Joey Drew, right before the spinner activates and goes haywire with Bertrum's face inside it, revealing that it is Bertrum's current physical form. Bertrum tries to kill Henry by smashing him to bits as Henry attempts to chop off sixteen bolts with an axe when Bertrum lets his arms down, leaving them vulnerable. After Bertrum is killed, the fourth lever is housed in Maintenance, where progress on Bendy trains and railways are taken. The lever is on the balcony, with the only issue being the Projectionist (who had survived Henry's attempt to kill him if he did so in Chapter 3) patrolling the area. Henry must activate a lift control switch to proceed to the balcony, which alerts the Projectionist. After the fourth switch is pulled, the Projectionist disappears as the lights turn dark and go back on. As Henry is exiting, the Projectionist comes chasing after him again until he hides in a Little Miracle Station. The Projectionist spots Henry in the station and attempts to open it before "Bendy" comes and after the two ink monsters fight each other, tears off the Projectionist's head. He then sees Henry, but leaves with the Projectionist's body and leaves his head behind instead of attacking Henry.

Upon unlocking the ghost train ride, Henry is taunted by "Alice". He is attacked by Boris, who has been turned into a giant monster by "Alice". Henry is then forced to kill who used to be his companion by collecting three inky blobs Brute Boris throws up and turning them to three jet pipes or plungers (which can be used only once) using an ink printer. After defeating Brute Boris, his body melts into ink. An angered "Alice" runs at Henry in a last-ditch attempt to kill him herself, only to be impaled from behind with a machete and possibly dies. Her killer is revealed to be another Alice Angel named Allison Angel (most likely a transformed Allison Pendle), accompanied by another mechanized Boris named Tom (most likely a transformed Thomas Connor).

Chapter Five: The Last Ree

The production trailer for this chapter was released on June 4, 2018. The reveal trailer was released on August 31, 2018. The chapter's title was revealed during a video by theMeatly on June 12, which was also when it was revealed that Chapter 5 was set for release in October. The confirmed release date for Chapter Five and the console release is October 26, 2018. theMeatly also stated that Chapter Five started production when Chapter Four was in production. The chapter will most likely focus on a battle involving Henry, Allison Angel, Tom, "Bendy", and the Lost Ones, as well as revealing how all the events of the game happened. It is also possible that "Alice" and Sammy will return in the final chapter, despite having been killed by "Bendy" and Allison Angel, and will also participate in the fight.[5]

Characters

The playable character and protagonist is Henry (theMeatly), a former animator of Joey Drew Studios, who returns to the studio thirty years after resigning from the company. The game is played through a first-person narrative, though Henry's physical appearance has yet to be seen.

Joey Drew (David Eddings), the CEO of the studio, invites Henry back to the studio via a letter. He introduced the Ink Machine to the studio, exhibiting peculiar behavior around it. Joey is described as a "man of ideas, but nothing else" by Henry. Other characters view him as an unethical employer and perfectionist, uncaring towards the working conditions of his colleagues. Though acting like an eccentric dreamer, Chapter 4 proves this is just a ruse via a recording, Joey is actually portrayed as a cynical, greedy individual drawing people in with his promise of dreams so he could break them. TheMeatly described Joey's greatest and worst flaw as his "unending desire to the make impossible possible."[6]

Other members of the studio's staff are introduced via audio recordings. These include Wally Franks (theMeatly), the studio janitor; Thomas Connor (Mike Mood), a repairman; Sammy Lawrence (Aaron Landon), the musical director, who serves as an antagonist in Chapter 2, worshipping Bendy as a deity; Jack Fain (Bookpast), a lyricist, turned into a "swollen" Searcher in the remastered Chapter 2; projector operator Norman Polk (theMeatly), transformed into a monster called the Projectionist, appearing in Chapters 3 and 4,[7] a character that was almost left out of the final version of the third chapter due to time restraints;[8] accountant Grant Cohen (Will Ryan); Shawn Flynn (Seán McLoughlin), an Irish toy designer; Bertrum Piedmont (Joe J. Thomas), a theme park architect, who appears as a boss in Chapter 4;[9] engineer Lacie Benton (Lani Minella); and the voice actresses of the character Alice Angel, Susie Campbell (Alanna Linayre), and her replacement Allison Pendle (Lauren Synger).

Susie plays a major antagonistic role in Chapters 3 and 4, appearing as a malevolent, deformed version of Alice Angel. Through audio recordings, Susie is revealed to have been unceremoniously replaced with Allison as Alice's voice actress, causing her to blame Joey for deceiving her.[10] Susie kills numerous cartoon characters and harvests their innards to become a "perfect" incarnation of herself, and specifically targets Boris the Wolf. Allison appears in Chapter 4 as another version of Alice, referred to as "Allison Angel".

Throughout the game, Henry encounters numerous staff members, transformed into monsters made from ink, or resembling the studio's animated characters. A number of these appear in Chapter 4, referred to as the "Lost Ones", but show no hostility towards the player. The stock enemy in the game are the "Searchers", though other variants appear in boss battles.

The studio has created several in-universe cartoon characters who starred in silent animated shorts. The titular character is Bendy the Dancing Demon, the studio mascot, who appears as a recurring antagonist towards Henry throughout the game. Bendy's name was in fact a typo, created when the 3D modeling program, Blender, saved the character's model with the name.

Boris the Wolf appears as several individual characters in the game. In Chapter 2, the player meets a benevolent version of Boris, who accompanies Henry throughout Chapter 3. Several other copies of Boris are found dead in the first and third chapters, used by Susie to achieve her "perfection". She captures Boris at the end of the third chapter, reintroducing him in a new, monstrous and aggressive form in Chapter 4, forcing the player to battle him in a boss battle. Another mechanized Boris appears at the end of Chapter 4, accompanying Allison. The aforementioned Alice Angel debuts in Chapter 2, who theMeatly describes as "quite the gal".[11] Chapter 3 introduced the Butcher Gang, a trio of characters who act as antagonists to Bendy in his cartoon shorts - Charley; Barley; and Edgar, a spider. They appear as antagonists in Chapters 3 and 4 as mutilated versions of themselves, named "Piper", "Fisher" and "Striker", respectively.