After months of waiting for the “BioShock Infinite” studio Irrational Games to unveil the downloadable content they announced upon the release of the game, players are finally able to jump back into the shoes of Booker DeWitt and tread the high flying streets of Columbia. Coinciding with the release of the Clash in the Clouds challenge maps released today on July 30, Irrational Games has announced the upcoming two-part episodic story, Burial at Sea, that lets players return to the underwater city of Rapture before its ultimate demise.
Burial at Sea will take place on December 31, 1958, the night before the fall of Rapture. Along with Booker, a new, noir-like version of Elizabeth will not only make an appearance, but will be playable in the second episode of the Burial at Sea DLC. Ken Levine, “BioShock” creator, has stated that Elizabeth’s gameplay will differ from Booker’s, and is “almost survival horror.” Elizabeth will be more “fragile” than Booker and she will have to focus more on setting traps than going off guns a’blazing. In an interview with IGN, Ken Levine had this to say about Burial at Sea:
“It’s really a story of Booker and Elizabeth again, but set against the backdrop of pre-fall Rapture, 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.”
No release date has been announced for the upcoming story DLC, but episode one is about to enter beta soon and we will no doubt hear very soon about the pending date. For now, players can immerse themselves in the Clash in the Clouds challenge maps released today. There are four challenge maps (The Ops Zeal, Duke & Dimwit Theater, Raven’s Dome and Emporia Arcade) which pit you against 15 waves of enemies. Within each wave is a Blue Ribbon Challenge with a unique and challenging objective. Player scores will be tracked by leaderboards for each map. No doubt this will keep some gamers busy until more is revealed about Burial at Sea.
BioShock Infinite was released on March 26, 2013 and is currently available for purchase. Clash in the Clouds is currently priced at $5 on Steam, PSN, and Xbox Live. Burial at Sea will be priced at $14.99. Season Pass holders will not be required to purchase the DLC. Check out the trailer for Burial at Sea below.