It’s only been four months since Bioshock: Infinite hit store shelves, and garnered critical acclaim worldwide – we even gave it a five-star score. Since the dramatic, and slightly confusing conclusion of the story, gamers have been craving more. Irrational Games has been teasing DLC for some time (and selling a Season Pass to boot), but details have finally arrived.
Two brand new trailers shed some light on what gamers are to expect from ‘Burial At Sea’ and ‘Clash in the Clouds,’ the next two installment of Infinite content. Each DLC is different in that one will be more story-focused, while the other is action-based and available for download today.
First to be detailed is the DLC every fan has been waiting for: the story-focused ‘Burial At Sea.’ Not much was known about how Irrational would proceed in expanding the story of Booker and Elizabeth; the only real crumb of information came from a senior animator’s LinkedIn profile, listing work on a new AI companion for Bioshock: Infinite DLC. That tidbit led many to believe entirely new characters could be introduced, but that the partner mechanics that Booker and Elizabeth shared in the main game would remain relatively unchanged. They had no idea just how right they were.
The official trailer reveals that players will be returning to Rapture, the setting of the very first BioShock… only not quite how they remember it. Set two years before the downfall of the underwater utopia/dystopia, Booker and Elizabeth (or some version of them anyway) will navigate Rapture during its heyday in 1958. New weapons, plasmids (or vigors) and big daddies will be included.
The ‘Burial at Sea’ DLC will be split into two episodes: the first will bring players back into familiar shoes, following Booker DeWitt’s journey through the city. The second will have players controlling Elizabeth for the first time, which Ken Levine says will be a “different” type of experience (we suspect tears will be an interesting feature to control).
The trailer reveals that Booker is, once again, a private investigator. Now living in Rapture, Elizabeth is also shown as a much darker, more mysterious ‘femme fatale’ perfectly at home in the noir approach to the trailer’s narration. The bulk of the trailer is a montage of scenery from throughout Rapture, rarely seen as vibrant and promising as its founders built it to be.
The big question is whether ‘Burial At Sea’ will expand on the original story, or is merely an additional chapter in the BioShock universe. There were many question left unanswered at the end of Infinite’s campaign, and a million more created by its final moments; how this DLC will answer them or even tie in is a mystery. Of course, it’s one mystery that fans will no doubt line up to solve.
In the meantime, gamers can download the second DLC, ‘Clash in the Clouds’ today – as in right this very moment. The expansion is built around an arena combat mode that presents a series of additional challenges for players – including four maps and waves of enemies to fight, plus plenty of rewards. If players complete all sixty available challenges, they will unlock some exclusive content via the Columbian Archeological Society, such as new Voxophones, concept art and more. All of this content is available to download for a reasonable $4.99 and is included in the season pass.
Irrational’s Ken Levine had this to say about this new DLC:
“We are really excited to offer our fans the content that they have been asking for. With Clash in the Clouds, people get a pure action experience that takes BioShock Infinite combat to its highest challenge and intensity level. With the Burial at Sea episodes, we are building a Rapture-based narrative experience that is almost entirely built from scratch.”
Bioshock: Infinite – Burial at Sea has no release date as of yet, just a promised “coming soon,” but the price for each episode has been listed at $14.99 each, included in the season pass.
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