BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Ken Levine Defends Episode One's Short Runtime
Written Monday, November 11, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Despite its brevity, we rather liked BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One. OK, we liked it a lot. But the rest of the internet hasn't been quite so kind when it comes to the first dose of story-driven BioShock Infinite DLC, prompting creator Ken Levine to defend the length of the episode, which can be completed in around 90 minutes.
"If you zip through it then it's not a hugely long experience but if you dig deep it's probably three hours plus, if you really dig deep. But it's not the longest thing in the world," Levine acknowledged in an interview with Eurogamer. "I think there are definitely people who are like 'Well, I want hours and hours of gameplay'. I think if that is your primary metric, this probably isn't the thing for you. If you want to feel like 'Wow, I just got a whole new experience' - that's what you get out of this."
Levine went on: "I'm very respective of people's time and money," Levine continued. "Journalists often ask me to tell their audience why they should buy something. I'm always very uncomfortable with that question because I don't read people's household budgets and I can't tell them what they should buy. We chose quality over quantity. As a gamer that's a choice I usually make. Very few people would judge a movie based on how long it is."
Levine notes that the team went for quality over quantity, rebuilding Rapture with completely new assets, as also discussed in our own interview with Irrational Games' Don Roy.
"Maybe I'm an idiot," Levine laughs. "From a money perspective I have no way of knowing that. But to be honest I don't really care that much because I work at a company that values quality and puts a huge premium on quality. I believe that if you build quality people will come. People told us when we made BioShock 1 that it had no multiplayer so nobody would buy it because there was no replayability. I think people respond to quality. Maybe I'm a fool."
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One is out tomorrow for $14.99/£9.99/€14.99 or you can get it as part of the Season Pass for $19.99/€19.99/£15.99.