2K Games and Irrational Games have finally announced a release date for the first part of the pair’s upcoming Bioshock Infinite downloadable content, Burial at Sea, and luckily we won’t be waiting until 2014 to play it.
Available for download and purchase starting from November 12th on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1 invites us to “[return] to Rapture in a story that brings Booker and Elizabeth to the underwater city on the eve of its fall from grace,” where we will be able to witness the infamous city under the sea in a light we’ve never seen before, as “a shining jewel at the bottom of the ocean.”
2K says that Burial at Sea has been built “almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite game engine,” which means that there are a few pieces of hold-over art from the original Bioshock (we’re guessing):
“Join Booker and Elizabeth in a film noir-style story that places them in a shining, pristine Rapture on the eve of its fall from grace,” writes 2K. “Explore the underwater city, try your hand at a grift or two, and even encounter some old ‘friends’ from the original BioShock.”
“The combat experience has been rebalanced and reworked with a greater emphasis on stealth and resource management that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. It includes a new weapon, an old favourite weapon from the original BioShock, the return of the weapon wheel, a new Plasmid, new Gear, and Tears.”
Creative director of Irrational Games, Ken Levine, said of the content:
“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. 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.”
Part one of Burial at Sea will be available for a price of $14.99 / £9.99, or at no addition charge if you have a Bioshock Infinite season pass, which itself costs $19.99 / £15.99 and includes access to the second episode of the DLC, as well as the previously released ‘Clash in the Clouds’ challenge maps.
But what about that second episode? 2K Games says that it’s still in development at Irrational and will finally give us a chance to see the world through the eyes of Infinite’s key protagonist, Elizabeth, with “a new storyline, and a new stealth-oriented gameplay experience” promised.
Excited for Burial at Sea?