*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea-Episode 1*
Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite was one of the most polarizing games of 2013. The bar having been set impossibly high by the original Bioshock that kicked off this franchise, it’s no surprise that the third installment in the series was meticulously dissected and its flaws scrutinized to a much higher degree than is usually done for your average game. Haters gon’ hate, the game was amazing. And Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 looks to continue that.
Given that the game launched with a season pass option, gamers naturally knew that DLC would eventually be available sometime later in the year. The first DLC that was included with the game was released in July, and it was called “Clash in the Clouds”. Clash in the Clouds was basically Horde mode from the Gears of War games, but set in the Bioshock Infinite universe. The general consensus among fans was that this first DLC was underwhelming, and to reignite fan excitement Irrational Games promised that their next two DLC’s would be episodic and story driven .
They delivered on this promise back in November of 2013 with Burial at Sea: Episode 1. I won’t bore you with a step by step plot summary of the add-on, but it is important to touch upon the cliffhanger ending to lead into discussion about Episode 2. It’s revealed in a lot more detail than I am about to go into that the Booker you have been controlling throughout Burial at Sea: Episode 1 is actually a version of Comstock from one of the alternate realities that were talked about at the end of Infinite. The whole story the DLC has been based around was just a ploy by Elizabeth to lead Booker/Comstock into a trap, and a Big Daddy kills the user-controlled protagonist.
So, that’s where things stand leading up to Episode 2. The developer has finally confirmed that this last DLC will release on March 25th, and is approximately 5 to 6 hours long. It’s nearly impossible to speculate what we can expect in this final DLC, as Ken Levine (the head writer for the Bioshock series) is notorious for twists and has a fetish for the unexpected in the stories he creates. One thing we do know is that players will finally get to control Elizabeth in Episode 2, something fans have been clamoring for ever since they fell in love with her when Infinite was first released.
This may freak some fans out, as Elizabeth never picked up a gun or used a vigor throughout the entire Bioshock Infinite campaign. To alleviate these worries (though not dismiss them entirely) Irrational Games ensured fans that Elizabeth would utilize primarily “stealth-oriented gameplay “, though exactly what they mean by this is still unclear. Either way, clearly there is something secret about this Elizabeth that differentiates her from the innocent Elizabeth from the main game, so fans should prepare themselves to see their beloved Elizabeth wield a gun and take out some splicers.
A teaser for Episode 2 (which can be viewed below) revealed that Frank Fontaine aka Atlas from the original Bioshock will be returning, fueling speculation that perhaps this DLC will connect the world of Rapture back to the world of Columbia, tying together the two franchises and creating maybe the most incredible video game universe of all time. Adding fuel to this fire, Ken Levine said the following in an Irrational Games press release:
“In Burial at Sea – Episode Two, we are delivering a story that involves nearly every major character from the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite. It is a story that will give gamers a new perspective on the BioShock universe and conclude the story of BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea.”
If that isn’t a tease, I don’t know what is. The possibility of an insane narrative tie-in between these massive gaming universes has everyone’s excitement and anticipation at an all time high. Let’s hope Levine and his team can deliver.
Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea-Episode 2 will be available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3 for $14.99 on March 25th, 2014.