All the protagonists in BioShock games thus far have been men. Haunted, lethally determined men. But an upcoming downloadable add-on for BioShock Infinite will finally give the franchise a lead playable character who’s a woman.
The twisty, surprise-filled storyline of BioShock Infinite grabbed tons of attentions after the game came out. But it’s probably a safe bet that most of people who finished the game haven’t fired the game back up since its ending. Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine and his team think they have pretty good reasons for those masses to come back. The first is Clash in the Clouds, a new, combat-focused DLC pack that’s available starting today for $US5. And, sometime in the future, players will get Burial at Sea, a hardboiled adventure set in 1958 where you’ll play as both Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture. That’s right: Elizabeth will be playable. In Rapture. At the height of the underwater city’s beauty. Interested?
For months, that Season Pass pane in BioShock Infinite‘s menus seemed to tease players holding out for the promise of more adventures in the floating, secessionist city of Columbia. When making the announcement yesterday, Levine said that he and his cohorts at Irrational listened to what fans said they wanted with regard to DLC. The add-ons weren’t farmed off to auxiliary developers, it’s not comprised of content that’s already on the disc and isn’t a bunch of ideas that were set aside for later use by corporate decision-making. When Clash in the Clouds hits Steam today, it’ll be only the first add-on for the well-recieved game. Designed by Infinite’s lead level designer Forrest Dowling, Clash in the Clouds puts players against 15 waves of enemies in four all-new maps all across Columbia. Leaderboards will chart how you do against other friends playing these battles and players will earn new achievements and trophies. The extra content also fears new voxaphones for fan-favorite character Rosalind Lutece to flesh out parts of her backstory, as well as new behind-the-scenes video and concept art.
The two-part Burial at Sea will drop the lead characters of Infinite into the iconic city from the first BioShock game, in the middle of what looked like a noir-inflected mystery. Levine promised that you’ll be seeing some familiar faces from the underwater city’s tortured history. You can see glimpses of Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture in the teaser above. Levine said that making Elizabeth a playable character was another example of giving fans what they wanted. Burial at Sea will cost $US20 for both parts.
You’ll be able to see more of Clash in the Clouds‘ gameplay in a video going up on Kotaku later today and we’ll have more on Burial at Sea and the future of BioShock in an interview with Ken Levine later this week.