Irrational Games dropped the bomb today on DLC for the Game of the Year candidate BioShock Infinite. With three pieces on the way, the first one will be made available today. The challenge maps of the content called “Clash in the Clouds” can be had for $5.00. It contains four challenge maps (The Ops Zeal, Duke & Dimwit Theater, Raven’s Dome and Emporia Arcade), and is basically a horde/survival mode where players will fight off 15 waves of enemies. This is available across PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam.
More importantly, the trailer for “Burial at Sea” showcases Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture. This episodic DLC takes place the night before Rapture falls. The two episodes will complete the DLC for the season pass, and they will retail for $14.99 each for non-pass holders.According to IGN, Episode One will once again put players in the shoes of Booker Dewitt, but with new circumstances that include a noir-like Elizabeth. Episode Two will actually allow players to play as Elizabeth, however no details have been announced.
“It’s really a story of Booker and Elizabeth again, but set against the backdrop of pre-fall Rapture,” BioShock creator Ken Levine states to IGN, and to have an extended period in pre-fall Rapture without combat, where you’re just living in the space, like you got to sort of live in Columbia at the beginning of the game. Which nobody has ever been able to do before, with those systems and that technology. My favorite BioShock quest is actually in that part, with no combat. He meets an old friend from BioShock 1. Not a very nice friend, but a friend. And in the second half, it takes place in a department store, a Fontaine department store that’s been shuttered and sunk to the bottom of the ocean by Ryan after he takes over. All of Fontaine’s cronies are put into that department store, so that place has gone to hell. It’s very traditional BioShock 1. They’re all spliced up down there. They’re all crazy. You get this mix of pristine Rapture and a very traditional Rapture experience, in a pretty organic story.”
Levine also stated that Elizabeth will be a different experience for players. “Buried at Sea” will revert to the scarier emotions involved with the original BioShock. Booker will also use Plasmids as opposed to Vigors, but will still drink them instead of taking shots.
Lavine also had this to say:
“When you play Elizabeth, it’s even more towards a survival horror game. I just played the first prototype of her the other day. We’re almost in beta on part one of the Rapture one. We’re at sort of early stages of the second part, where you play Elizabeth, but I’ve played a prototype of what it’s like to play her. It feels very different. We’re mostly working on the systems side to make things feel different.”
There is no date set on the “Buried at Sea” DLC. Lavine did state that everything on the Season Pass will be available by March 2014.