BioShock 2 entering 'Minerva's Den' Aug. 31

2K announces release date and price for upcoming content pack; $10 ware due out on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network at the end of the month, "later date" for Games for Windows Live.

Two weeks ago, Irrational Games lifted the veil on BioShock Infinite, a new installment in the franchise ostensibly set in the clouds. But for fans still interested in marine life over the avian kind, 2K today announced the release date and price for BioShock 2's latest piece of downloadable content.

Gamers will be able to enter the Minerva's Den downloadable content on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 simultaneously on August 31 for $9.99 (800 Microsoft points). The content was promised for PC gamers when it was announced at the beginning of the month, but according to 2K, it will arrive "at a later date" for that crowd.

Here comes another new Big Daddy.

As for the content, Minerva's Den is set in Rapture Central Computing and will feature a raft of new features alongside the new narrative. 2K promises "new high-tech weaponry," as well as a new plasmid, the genetic modifications found in the BioShock universe. These powers can be unleashed on new, more powerful splicers and an all-new Big Daddy, according to the publisher. Upgraded security bots were also promised.

BioShock 2 was released in February and swiftly sold more than 3 million units in its first month. The game was followed by two pieces of multiplayer-focused DLC--the Rapture Metro Pack and the Sinclair Solutions Test Pack. One piece of single-player DLC, the Protector Trials, came out on August 3.

Minerva's Den is the first content pack to expand the main narrative or introduce new solo environments, as the Protector Trials were a series of challenges set in maps based on locations found in the main game.

Minerva's Den is currently in development at 2K Marin, the development studio that handled the single-player component of BioShock 2. For more on the franchise, check out GameSpot's review of BioShock 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

"At a later date for Games for Windows Live". Ha, look how that turned out. It's been cancelled, for no explainable reason.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Hmm, might have to give this one a look. Especially if it adds to the story.....Wait a minute!!! Its only coming out for the 360 and PS3!!!?? WTF ARE YOU SMOKING 2K!!!!? YOU FORGOT THE PC VERSION!!!! ~grumble~ ~grumble~ ~grumble~

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

FINALLY. Jesus Christ, this is the DLC we've been waiting for! Now I'll have another reason to put the BS2 disc back in!

fmacraze
fmacraze

i want a ps3 so i can play thiis

Peabody99224
Peabody99224

This is definitely the kind of DLC I was looking forward to. I've loved the multiplayer packs thus far, but the main story is where it's at for me with Bioshock.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

gonna get this when it comes out. Love the games so far :)

Johny_47
Johny_47

it's about time as they say =/ BioShock needs more single player add ons because the story is the best part about those games, looking forward and hope it's good.

auntbessie
auntbessie

Looks like I'm waiting a little longer for the pc version then, not what I really wanted to hear

Spybreak
Spybreak

Bioshock 1 was epic and nobody saw anything like it. Bioshock 2 merged what worked and put in things that would enhance the experience. I enjoyed Bioshock 2 and look forward to this DLC since it's single player (the best thing about Bioshock).

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

@Pictoriontz After reading your comment i had to sign in and say how retarded that comment is, Bioshock 2 a half finished game? Cause if you are bringing that up here well i think that's a little too dumb to say, Bioshock 2 was a good game with brilliant Single player and if you dont want to shell the cash for a DLC DONT BUY IT simple as that, The devs dont make you buy their DLC so just ignore it if it makes you that mad, Some DLC isn't even 10 bucks a "pop" like you say. It just makes me mad that kids like you bring stuff like that up, It costs to make a game and it costs to make DLC too.. I dont expect the kids to understand though.

pictoriontz
pictoriontz

am i ...the only one who's sick and tired of half-finished games , inundated by dlc months later ? how can you people (i never , NEVER bought a dlc) pay 60 bucks for a game ...and then 10 bucks a pop for dlcs ? (i know the prices are not 100% ACCURATE ...cry me a river)

MrBubblezz
MrBubblezz

Bioshock 2 was amazing, { call me crazy I guess } and I personally liked it more than the first. I liked the idea of being a Big Daddy, the first in fact, and how it gave a complete overhaul on the weapons. The graphics were very good and the narrative was powerful, just like the first. Bioshock Infinate is a definate buy for me. However, I also disagree on how the Bioshock MP is terrible. I don't see why its so bad, I thought it was very fun, and like all games with MP, you have to play it more to get better at it. I dont view MP as a bad thing in single player games, I view it as more fun to play and more playability in the game. And as long as the single player dosen't suffer from the Mp, why not add it in, for a good time with friends? People are forgetting nowadays that games are for fun and to experiance it with multiple buddies makes it that much better! :)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Why new new new? The first was so solid because it was consistent and very very good. I could tell Ken Levine had no part in Bioshock 2. It was good, but not as true to the story. More a plea to gamers to "please look at all the shiny things"

archvile_78
archvile_78

hmm i might actually get this DLC when its out, didn't got into multiplayer all that much but i enjoyed the single player.

faceman4523
faceman4523

Bioshock 2 was a good single player game, but they ruined it by adding that garbage multi-player in and linking achievements to it. They forced you to play that time-sink crap if you wanted to attempt to get a complete achievement score, and it was terribly boring. Then they added more multi-player DLC with horrible achievements, and another garbage DLC where you protect Little Sisters. I didn't even wanna protect that little twerp the one time in the story, why would I pay for a DLC that made me protect them for a couple of hours? B2 gets no more money from me, and I'm hoping Bioshock Infinite doesn't have any garbage multi-player attached to it. When will developers learn that every frikkin game doesn't need MP in it?!? Bioshock 1 was a great single player game, there was no need to add MP to it and make people sink 40 hours into trying to get level 50 in a boring repetitive gameplay mode. Pass Pass Pass.

Denveraic
Denveraic

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drew36chambers
drew36chambers

not a big fan of BS2 but a big fan of rapture. If longer than 5 hours, PSN shall acquire my 10 dollars.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Same day as Castle crashers I think I'll get castle crashers :P

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

bioshock 2 sucks bioshock's narrative and gameplay

AceTheBat-Hound
AceTheBat-Hound

All the vets who played bioshock 2 mp think it sucks, heck even the story sucks for bs:2.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds like some good DLC, but I wont get my hopes up

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

I really wish developers would get over this DLC fetish.

Weddum
Weddum

The game has been out for six months and so many people are complaining this addon is "too late"? You should be happy its coming out now and not 1-2 years later in an expansion pack.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

I've been waiting for SP DLC since the first announcement that there would be some. I will be getting this...barring some cataclysmic event.

muzik_mafia
muzik_mafia

Seems too good... new weapons, enemies, locations, characters, story? All for $10? However I will remain cautious optimistic...

cjasko94
cjasko94

a piece of chicken > BioShock 2

dylanisbored
dylanisbored

Pff I don't think I'll be buying this, the 31st is the day Dead Rising Case Zero comes out which I will be buying =)

bb52700
bb52700

@ManUtd, I would give you 100 thumbs up if I could.

Wingman1977
Wingman1977

It sold 3 million copies (over 3 platforms) in it's 1st month of release? impressive. I thought it did worse than that. I own the ps3 and xbox360 version of the game (I bought the ps3 version at launch and bought the 360 version for $19.99 when BB had the $20 off coupon in for RZ gamers club members when you recieved or bought the premier issue of gamer magazine).

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Great game, sounds like awesome DLC

Dantefan1
Dantefan1

@gideokain no, actually. they're fun enough, and the DLC from the first BioShock was very good while being unrelated to the plot. also, it's still bothering the hell out of me that so many people incorrectly write "BioShock" as "Bioshock." I know it's not a huge deal, but come on. it's the name of the game, it's written at the top of the page, and it's just correct.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Not very long to wait then. At least there will be an actual story in this DLC.

gideonkain
gideonkain

"a series of challenges set in maps based on locations found in the main game" what you mean to say is "totally worthless"

triple_b2k
triple_b2k

I'm over Bioshock 2. Bring on Bioshock Infinite.

santinegrete
santinegrete

It's late, and more late for my PC version of this game. Gettin' it but won't say thanks :P

positivebalance
positivebalance

@GenericMagnetic the multiplayer is fun for like a week. then it's just awful. it actually copies a lot from CoD. martyrdom, "perks", loadouts, and even prestige. it's also laggy as hell and some of the plasmids are just plain broken.

robdar602
robdar602

So glad 2k listened to the call of its Bioshock fans. Can't wait :D

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

*sighs heavily and shelves his PC version of the game*

Sukharevskaya
Sukharevskaya

Wow! I thought we were going to have to wait till fall like they hinted at. This is awesome--please be a lengthy game though (ie-over 5 hours)

ManUtd4life096
ManUtd4life096

When 2K release multiplayer DLC, you want single player DLC. When they release single player DLC, you want story-driven DLC. When they release story-driven DLC, you say it's too late. Make up your f******* mind.

GenericMagnetic
GenericMagnetic

BS2: One of 2010's most underrated games BY FAR. Hell, the multiplayer isn't even as bad as many people claim. Way more fun than Modern Camping 2, that's for sure.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

This is some really interesting news, Coolyfett is sure many gamers will enjoy this new content on their respective systems. Bioshocks is good series

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

With Reach and Spec ops around the conrer this comes a little it late :/ But Bioshock fans will love it :D

collinmul
collinmul

Glad to see the single-player is getting narrative-based DLC rather than generic "shoot anything that moves" DLC (*cough* previous DLC *cough*). So they're still working on Bioshock 2, eh? Did they fix the lag, bugs, and DLC playlist issues in the multi-player? Oh wait, that's right....I stopped playing this game four months ago. .... Maybe the narrative-based DLC will bring me back....

cjasko94
cjasko94

Bioshock 2 is a let down imo