BioShock Infinite Plunges Back Into Rapture For A New Story

Irrational announced the first DLC packs for BioShock Infinite (read our review here!). The first DLC, titled Clash in the Clouds, will be available today! However, the big news is that the second DLC, Burial at Sea, is the first of a two-part release and sees players return to the underwater city of Rapture – the setting of BioShock 1 and 2.

Clash in the Clouds is an arena mode. Players will gain access to four different maps, fighting 15 waves of enemies in each, earning varying amounts of money based on how well they fight. Performing headshots or chain kills earns players bonus points, for example. Between each wave, players will be able to restock. There are also “blue ribbon challenges,” which require defeating a wave in a particular way (e.g. shotguns only, only use scoped weapons in scope mode).

Priced at $5, The pack will be available on Steam at 12:00 EST/17:00 BST today and will go live on the Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Store during the regular weekly updates.

Burial at Sea Episode One will be released later this year with Episode Two coming sometime later. Burial at Sea is set on New Year’s Eve, 1958, commonly understood as the beginning of the end of Andrew Ryan’s grand experiment with Rapture. Players will take on the role of Booker in the first episode of Burial at Sea, followed by Elizabeth in the second episode.

“We have a bit of a different approach to some people to DLC,” said Ken Levine in an interview with Eurogamer. “When we started this, we really tried to listen to the fans, and to us the fans were clearly saying to us, look, we want the A team on the DLC, we want the same team who did the actual game.

“We don’t want it to be stuff that’s on the disc, we don’t want it to be stuff that some marketing guy came in and said ‘leave that aside’.”

With regards to their work process, Levine explained that they went to work on the DLC the moment they finished work on Bioshock Infinite.

While Clash in the Clouds is “a sort of compromise between timeliness and scale” Burial at Sea is “a bit of a love letter to the fans” (whose work we showcased here).

Levine went on to explain that the Burial at Sea DLC is a two-part experience, with a “slight twist” to the second part. ”You play Booker obviously in the first one, but we were listening to the fans and we know how they feel about Elizabeth, and we decided we wanted to shift things around a little for the third one, so the player character in the third DLC, you get to play Elizabeth, and the gameplay is quite different as her.

“She’s not the tank that Booker is, and we’ll see how all the story’s coming together.”

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8 Comments on BioShock Infinite Plunges Back Into Rapture For A New Story

Axetwin

On July 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

So 4 months after the release, we finally get the first DLC and its just a Circle of Slaughter. Lovely….

Hawke

On July 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

Praise jebus, yes!

ZephyrTuvai

On July 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

I had already forgotten about the first piece of dlc, my above comment was directed at the “Burial at Sea” pieces.

Also, while four months is a pretty long stretch of time for an actual piece of dlc to be released, I personally take into account that the dlc has been worked on since the games release, by the people who made the game in the first place and not outsourced to some other company with a different ‘vision’, as at least a little mitigating in regards to the time frame. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it has been worth the wait.

In my book, I’d rather wait for something really good then get human waste dumped within a week of release.

thedog

On July 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

Well, that’s $5 that stays in my pocket.

Robert

On July 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

@Axetwin
My thoughts exactly, They managed to make a DLC that focuses on the worst part of the game, and includes (I’m assuming) none of the good aspects of the game

Riktovitch

On July 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Well… that was disappointing. :/

R.J.

On July 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Not exactly thrilled with the first DLC, though the next stuff may turn out well. I don’t typically bother with challenge mode DLC.