Bioshock Infinite: Playing as Elizabeth Does Not Break Immersion

Irrational Games’ Ken Levine and Amanda Jeffrey recently discussed what it will be like to play Elizabeth in the upcoming BioShock Infinite (read our review here) DLC, Burial at Sea.

According to the two developers, playing as Elizabeth will allow you to make great use of her Tear abilities, and because it’s played from the first person perspective, the developers do not expect the shift to Elizabeth’s character to break player immersion.

“We have to be ever so careful to not betray what the player has already experienced of Liz in Infinite and what they’re going to experience of Liz in the first part of the DLC,” Amanda Jeffrey said an interview with IGN.

“That’s always foremost in our mind, because Liz is such a different character to Booker, and if we were to just put Booker in a dress, then that would be the most awful betrayal of what we’re doing for Liz, and players would just feel like it was a cheap way out, and that’s not something that we want to do.”

Jeffrey says that playing as Elizabeth involves more strategy and less head-on combat.

“We’re still trying to work out exactly how extensive Liz’s tear abilities will be in the playable Liz sequence,” Jeffrey said. “I hesitate to say too much about what we have just now, because it’s entirely possible it will change in the next few weeks. I will say, though, that Elizabeth and her tear abilities are not necessarily a ‘win button.’ She has an understanding of this universe and the various universes that she can visit, and she knows, once again, constants and variables.

“There are some things that she can change, and some things that just won’t make a difference if she changes them or not. So she’s not entirely godlike in her abilities. She will have far more powerful ways of interacting with the world than we saw in Infinite proper, but at the same time, it won’t just be a case of walking to a space and going, ‘I’m just going to press a button, and now happy ending for everyone!’ Because, on the one hand, that wouldn’t be any fun.”

Elizabeth will be playable in part 2 of the upcoming DLC, Burial at Sea, which remains in early development. Irrational Games has not yet revealed the release date for either part of the DLC.

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