There is something admirable about a trailer that just throws out uncut footage of a game instead of hand-selecting specially vetted cutscenes that are designed to create a visceral reaction in an audience. Quickly cut together to the point of being indecipherable, resounding soundtracks and polished graphics or cinematics in a trailer can often make it hard to tell which purchases are worthwhile and which are not.
The new trailer for BioShock Infinite‘s DLC Burial at Sea does just that by inviting players to watch the first five minutes of gameplay. The DLC reintroduces the world of Rapture, only this time complete with Booker and Elizabeth. In the interest of spoilers, it would be best not to explain why or how that is possible. To find out, go finish BioShock Infinite. No, seriously, go finish BioShock Infinite.
Another brave move by the trailer is not showing any action orientated sequences, instead focusing on just setting up the story and walking around the environment. If a player had not yet been initiated into the BioShock world, the trailer may not be anything to look at, but for those fully entrenched in the universe it is intrinsically compelling. Seeing Rapture, a city fans associate with tragedy and insanity, full of color and life creates an rather unsettling picture.
For those who have played BioShock Infinite to its conclusion, there are all sorts of hints and nods to the mythos of the franchise. The footage, taking cues from 1960′ noir, is stylish and does a good job of setting up the jumping off point for the two protagonists. Clearly of a different demeanor to her initially naive personality in the main game’s story, Elizabeth charges Booker with finding a young girl who he believes dead. It is later revealed in the footage that the girl is Booker’s daughter, which is is a rather interesting revelation due to… well, spoilers.
The game’s writer and director Ken Levine has promised that the DLC will be a little mix of the old and new, and fans of both BioShock and BioShock Infinite should be happy as “you really get to see both of those experiences.” There is still no word on when we can expect the DLC, but yesterday saw a full list of achievements posted. That may perhaps suggest players may not be waiting too long.
The Burial at Sea DLC will be released in two parts on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and is currently listed as coming soon.