BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea - Irrational Discusses Elizabeth's Odyssey
Written Thursday, August 08, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
BioShock Infinite's upcoming two-part Burial at Sea DLC campaign add-on will be putting players into the blue dress of Elizabeth, and Irrational has been discussing her new role as protagonist and the gameplay mechanics you can expect when adopting a first-person view with Booker's companion. She won't control like "Booker in a dress," the developer assures.
“With the player getting the opportunity to see how Liz is experiencing the world through first person, we have to be ever so careful to not betray what the player has already experienced of Liz in Infinite and what they're going to experience of Liz in the first part of the DLC,” said Level Designer Amanda Jeffrey.
“That's always foremost in our mind, because Liz is such a different character to Booker, and if we were to just put Booker in a dress, then that would be the most awful betrayal of what we're doing for Liz, and players would just feel like it was a cheap way out, and that's not something that we want to do. So we don't have all of the answers yet for it, but we are very, very, very much aware of all of the dangers that we need to try and avoid.”
Since she won't play anything like Booker, Elizabeth's approach will be more strategic, avoiding combat encounters altogether in some cases. She'll also be able to open Tears, although Irrational is still deciding to what extent Elizabeth's Tear abilities will be playable.
“We're still trying to work out exactly how extensive Liz's tear abilities will be in the playable Liz sequence,” Jeffrey continued. “I hesitate to say too much about what we have just now, because it's entirely possible it will change in the next few weeks. I will say, though, that Elizabeth and her tear abilities are not necessarily a ‘win button.’"
The first part of BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea will take Elizabeth to the depths of Rapture, and will be releasing soon, although a date has yet to be confirmed. Burial at Sea: Episode Two is apparently still early in development, and is slated to release sometime before March 2014. Each Burial at Sea episode will cost 1200 MSP, or you can get it as part of the Season Pass for 1600 MSP. You can also get the Clash in the Clouds DLC now for 400 MSP.