Bioshock Infinite DLC Takes Us Back to Rapture

As the title hits a sales milestone, Irrational plans to take us back to where it all began.

News by Mike Williams, .

2K Games and developer Irrational Games have released the first DLC for Bioshock Infinite, an arena combat mode called Clash in the Clouds. Clash is already available on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft Points, and features 60 challenges across 4 new maps.

The arena mode is reminiscent of the Horde Mode found in titles like Gears of War, pitting the play against waves of enemies that increase in difficulty. It's probably not the type of DLC Bioshock Infinite fans expected when they shelled out $19.99 for the Season Pass. Irrational promised three DLC packs in the Season Pass, and while the first is not the story-driven content Bioshock is known for, the second and third packs are something special.

The following DLC is Burial at Sea, which will take players back to where the series began: the sunken city of Rapture. It's a two-part tale that sees Infinite protagonists Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture two years before its fall from grace. Episode one puts you back in Booker's shoes with new weapons, new Vigors, and Big Daddies to fight. Episode two tries something different, with players taking on the role of Elizabeth, who won't be as much of invincible bullet magnet as Booker.

I knew that dame was nothing but trouble.

"We have three different packs that are coming," Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine told Polygon. "We have a bit of a different approach than some people to DLC. When we started this, we really tried to listen to the fans. To us, the fans were clearly saying to us, 'Look, we want the A team on the DLC. We want the same team that 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 up with.' Literally, the day we finished Infinite we went to work on the DLC, starting pretty much from scratch on the game content."

"We really listened to the fans and we know how they feel about Elizabeth," he added. "We decided we wanted to shift things around a little bit 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 you'll see how all the stories come together."

Both parts of Burial at Sea will cost $14.99 each if you didn't pick up the Season Pass. Unfortunately, no release date has been given for either episode.

With the announcement of Bioshock Infinite's DLC also comes the revelation that the title has sold more than 4 million copies to date.

"BioShock Infinite is North America's best-selling multi-platform release so far this year, according to NPD. The title has crossed the 4 million units selling mark, and we expect it to become the top-selling release in the BioShock franchise," said Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick during an investors conference call today.

If all goes well, we can probably expect another Bioshock in the future. What's next for the series? I'm voting for Bioshock in space, dealing the Cold War and the Space Race.

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