Irrational and 2K Games have taken the wraps off of new downloadable add-ons for BioShock Infinite. The first, titled “Clash In The Clouds,” is launching today on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 for $5. This will add a new mode to the game where players, constrained to one of four different maps, mow down waves of enemies and earn prizes based on their performance. In other words, it’s BioShock Infinite without the story.
The second and third downloadable bits are more interesting, but they don’t yet have a release date. Titled BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea, the two-part story takes private dick Booker DeWitt and superpowered damsel-in-distress Elizabeth, the main characters from BioShock Infinite, and relocates them to Rapture, the undersea utopia from the original BioShock. In addition to resuming your role as Booker, Burial will give players a chance to control Elizabeth, something that didn’t happen in Infinite. And unlike the original BioShock, which brought you into a disheveled, war-torn Rapture, Burial At Sea takes place in 1958 at the glorious heights of the city’s objectivist experiment. Although, considering it’s probably a Rapture from an alternate timeline, I guess the chronology of the first game doesn’t matter at all. But then again, maybe…my brain hurts.
Each of the two Burial At Sea episodes will run $15, or you can buy a Season Pass, which includes the aforementioned shooting gallery mode, for $20. I’m excited to see how Burial At Sea pans out. After Minverva’s Den, a great add-on for BioShock 2, I’ve been itching for more short, focused stories set in the BioShock universe. Also, I have a soft spot for ham-fisted noir homages, and the trailer for this thing is just about the most noir thing I’ve ever seen. Have to love that “Got a light?” moment.