Like a vigor from the blue, Irrational Games broke their silence on Tuesday with details of not one, but three pieces of DLC for their Game of the Year contender, Bioshock Infinite.
If, like me, you were a massive fan of Infinite’s narrative driven game play then the first may come as a bit of a damp squib. Released almost as soon as it was announced, the Clash in the Clouds DLC drops Booker DeWitt back in to glorious Columbia – but not quite as you know it.
Irrational have taken four of the game’s most memorable locations and twisted them in to “arenas” purposely designed for wave based combat. Each map will feature 15 waves, each increasingly more difficult – think of it like Bioware’s surprisingly popular Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, just without the multiplayer.
Before each round, Booker will have the chance to return to an armory where he’ll be able to stock up with ammo, health, vigors and an assortment of weaponry.
The Clash in the Clouds DLC should come as a welcome addition to those players who enjoyed the combat of Bioshock Infinite (and there were many of you!), even if it’s not the first DLC we were expecting.
Clash in the Clouds is available now via Xbox Live, PSN and Steam for 400 MS points, £3.69 and £3.99 respectively.
The second and third DLC offerings however are a completely different kettle of fish, and return to the elements that have made the entire Bioshock series so strong in the first place.
Buried at Sea, Episodes 1 & 2, will see Booker and Elizabeth return to Rapture – except this isn’t the post-idyllic Rapture, left to rot by it’s many denizens, as was found in the Bioshock 1 and 2. This time, we’re returning to a Rapture still at it’s pomp, revered by it’s inhabitants. The fact we can jump in to such a different environment with Booker and Elizabeth won’t come as much of a surprise to those that finished Infinite.
Buried at Sea will build on the narratives of all 3 Bioshock games, hopefully tieing up a lot of loose ends – especially where Booker and Elizabeth are concerned.
The kicker though? In Episode 1, players will again play the role of the struggling anti-hero, Booker. Episode 2 however will finally place the player in the shoes of Elizabeth herself. This is no innocent and naive Elizabeth either – she appears much older and wiser to the young heroine we first met at the top of a tower in Columbia.
I for one can’t wait for Buried at Sea to drop. Ken Levine has indicated that the episodic DLC has entered beta testing, so hopefully there won’t be much more waiting involved.