BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1 Gets a Release Date

A full slate of new games and two new consoles should make this one of the most exciting holiday gaming seasons on record. The cherry on top for me, though, is a return trip to Rapture in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1.

It’s an add-on that creator Ken Levine refers to as a “love letter to fans,” and Irrational Games announced this morning that it will be arriving on November 12.

The DLC will bring players back to the place where it all started, the glorious Art Deco underwater city of Rapture, for a film-noir style adventure. Only this time around, the place won’t be crumbling and crawling with Splicers. Rapture has been rebuilt using the BioShock Infinite engine, and it has yet to succumb to its destructive ADAM addiction. Combat has also been reworked to put a greater emphasis on stealth and resource management — shift Irrational says merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite.

“This is a love letter to the fans, but it’s also the beginning of a story that will give gamers a new perspective on the BioShock universe,” Levine said in a statement. “With Burial at Sea, we built a Rapture not from BioShock and BioShock Infinite scraps and pieces, but with environments almost entirely crafted from scratch.”

Episode 1 will run you $15, but Irrational notes that if you pick up a $20 season pass, you’ll also receive Episode 2 (release date still TBA). So if you plan on playing as Elizabeth and continuing the adventure in Rapture, you should consider the latter.

The original BioShock is among my all-time favorites. I enjoyed Infinite, but it was missing one critical piece of the experience: Rapture. Can’t wait to get back there.

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