Bioshock Infinite Challenge Mode DLC Out Today, Story DLC Bringing Players Back to Rapture Soon

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Irrational Games has announced details for three downloadable expansions coming to Bioshock Infinite. The first DLC pack for the acclaimed first-person shooter is called Clash of the Clouds, and it’s available today for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Steam on PC. Sometime in the future, Irrational will release a two-part, story-based DLC called Burial at Sea that brings players back to the original Bioshock’s underwater city of Rapture.

Clash of the Clouds consists of a combat-oriented challenge mode that lets players fight up to 15 waves of enemies on four new maps. Along the way there’ll be certain “blue ribbon challenges” that try to shake things up by making it so players have to work through a wave with a specific weapon or in a specific fashion.

Players earn cash as they progress through the fights, and can then spend it in the mode’s trophy room-style hub to collect pieces of character art, audio recordings that detail further backstory, character models, and other bonus goodies.

Clash of the Clouds seems like a fairly standard arena mode at first blush, but it should provide some more destructive fun for those hungry to jump back into Infinite’s skyward world of Columbia and knock some bad guys around. It costs $5 on PS3 and PC, and 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360.

Burial at Sea looks like it will provide the more substantial experience. Not only will players be heading back to aquatic city of the first game, but they’ll be able to do so through the eyes of Elizabeth, the player’s AI companion in the original Bioshock Infinite campaign.

That will be in the second episode of the two-part DLC, though. The first part of Burial at Sea will put players back in the shoes of the troubled Booker DeWitt, and plunge them into a still-thriving Rapture circa December 1958. Judging by the content’s brief teaser trailer released today, the new campaign appears to take the tone of a classic film noir.

Irrational is teasing the DLC’s setting as “Rapture as you’ve never seen it before–a shining jewel at the bottom of the ocean, built almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite engine.” The studio says that it has melded the style of gameplay found in Infinite’s original campaign with the kind found in the first Bioshock, noting that it has added new weapons, new plasmids and vigors (the supernatural powers given to players in the two games), and a return of the first game’s iconic Big Daddies, among other things.

Specific story details are still light, but a teaser image on Irrational\’s website shows Elizabeth clutching a “Little Sister”-type character from the first game. Irrational head Ken Levine says that playing as Elizabeth in the DLC\’s second episode will be noticeably different than playing as Booker, as she won\’t be pumping out as much lead as her counterpart. He compared her experience to stealthier games like Thief, Deception and Trapt in an interview with IGN earlier today.

No firm release date has been given for either episode of Burial at Sea, but Irrational says that both will cost $15 on their own. Alternatively, it is offering the two episodes and Clash of the Clouds together as part of the Bioshock Infinite “Season Pass,” which costs $20 or 1600 Microsoft Points and adds four minor upgrades to certain weapons and abilities.

Source: Irrational Games, IGN

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