BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Ep. 1 is 2-3 hours long

Irrational Games head Ken Levine reveals length of average playthrough for upcoming downloadable content

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The upcoming BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One expansion will feature 2-3 hours of gameplay, Irrational Games studio head Ken Levine said during a recent Reddit AMA.

"The average play thru for part 1 is 2:15-3 hours," Levine said. "We've seen more for people who dig (one guy went five!) and we've seen less for people who aren't interested in the story."

Burial at Sea lead level designer Andres Gonzalez added that the upcoming expansion is "more open" than the main BioShock Infinite experience.

"So there is a lot of optional content to explore and see," he said.

Also during the AMA session, Levine revealed that Burial at Sea - Episode One will be sent to Microsoft and Sony for certification by the end of the week. The content is expected to be officially released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before the holidays, but no exact date has been announced.

"Submission can take some time, and if the first-parties bounce it back, we'll have to resubmit. We want to super sure before we have a date, but it will be before the holidays and hopefully fairly soon," Levine said.

Concerning Burial at Sea - Episode Two, Levine said Irrational Games is "working our asses off on it," but there is no estimation yet on when the content will be released.

Both expansions are set in the original game's Rapture and are described as narrative-driven and meant to tie the story of Elizabeth and Booker together.

Gameplay has been modified to give players an "original BioShock combat experience" that aims to meld the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. New weapons, Plasmids/Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies will be featured.

Burial at Sea - Episode Two will have gamers playing as Elizabeth "as she seeks to bring closure to her story" and the overall BioShock Infinite narrative. No other information about this expansion has been announced.

Episode One and Episode Two will sell for $15 each when they launch and are included with the $20 BioShock Infinite DLC season pass.

Discussion

22 comments
the_bi99man
the_bi99man

Sounds good to me. I explore the hell out of these games. If they had one guy take 5 hours in testing, I'm sure I'll be right there with him. 

WeepsForFools
WeepsForFools

It takes 6 months for 2-3 hours of content? Pathetic. This is last time I do season passes.

tokee420
tokee420

Before the holiday?! Which holiday? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? New Years? Can we get a more exact time frame please?

Hurvl
Hurvl

Eddie's new profile pic reminds me of Robin from Arkham Asylum. Same shaved head and head shape, they're both looking downwards, having part of their faces covered by a shadow.

Game/DLC length is perhaps nice to know, but I always take a longer time getting through it and I never buy it at release, so I'm never comparing length vs money spent. I also never buy DLC separately, I always wait for it to be included in a Goty version or other bundle/deal. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

It should be common knowledge by now that Levine is a blatant sell-out, can't this cash cow die already?

This is a glorified version of the Cloud costume for FFXIII-3.

Dovetailed
Dovetailed

Why is this the lead item in PS Vita news? Is bioshock infinite actually confirmed as coming to vita or is this just a hiccup of the new site?

I was under the impression that they were trying to produce a standalone bioshock title for the vita as opposed to bringing infinite and its dlc to the handheld. But maybe I'm wrong.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I just want to hear an actual release date so I can form my opinion after playing it.

phppapa
phppapa

I'd really hope that they would release the DLC for the game BEFORE Nov. 15th because once that day comes around and I get used to the PS4 and all those sweet graphics and all the badass games I've pre-ordered, I'm not exactly wanting to go back to the PS3 and Bioshock: Infinite.  I'm having the same problem with "The Last of Us" DLC being released at the end of this year or early next year or whenever it was that they said it was gonna be released... I don't wanna have to wait!! :p  For reasons like this and also having to wait SO DAMN LONG to get my Season Pass DLC, I'm now starting to think that Season Passes are a bit of a rip off (not because they don't give us enough DLC for the price we pay for a game's Season Pass, but we have to wait SO long for the DLC to come out and the game is 'played the F out' by the time the Season Pass DLC is released... oh, and sometimes the DLC just sucks and makes the $20+ I paid for a Season Pass just a waste!  Either way, Season Passes are beginning to NOT pay off and they're becoming more and more of a waste of cash when I already spent $59.99 or so on the damn game!)...

Auriken
Auriken

I won't lie, I'm mostly looking forward to seeing a different kind of Elizabeth. The outfit doesn't hurt.

But I also fear the fanfiction that will spawn from this. And the source filmmaker gifs. She's still getting hit with Rule 34 on a daily basis.

mos2000
mos2000

I was disappointed at the plot presentation of the original BSI. It was very loopy and just made a left turn out of nowhere. It wasn't introduced to the player in a good way. I'll be one of those who probably don't care about the story. I feel funny saying that about an Irrational title, but what more plot is necessary between Elizabeth and Booker?!? Everything was explained. It was just poorly presented.

GavinUK86
GavinUK86

It's always the same. There will be people who blast through not caring for story and moan when they finish it in an hour then there's everyone else who digs into every nook and cranny (like me) and spends the best part of five hours with it. I can't wait. The trailer looked good and the first five minutes looked amazing.

gamebuyer22
gamebuyer22

What he really means to say is its $15 for about 1-2 hours.

SoNin360
SoNin360

About what I expected. As long as it's a quality add-on, I'm fine with that.

pixelstuff
pixelstuff

@tokee420 Logically one would assume it's the next holiday after the article was written (or quote obtained), but today was Columbus Day, so I guess it's not that one. They really should be more precise.

Makbar_Ramirez
Makbar_Ramirez

@tokee420 Before the holiday is usually in reference to Christmas, meaning kids can ask for it as a present.

21l3ss0ns
21l3ss0ns

@Bellum_Sacrum Kind of, except not at all. This is a couple hours of story and gameplay. I, for one, am very excited for this release.

21l3ss0ns
21l3ss0ns

@phppapa There is no winning with some people. If they work on DLC while developing the game, everyone complains that they removed content or resources from the main game to create DLCs, but if they wait until the game launches to start work on DLCs you complain that it takes too long to get DLCs.

Which do you want?

dogbert784
dogbert784

@GavinUK86 What do you except with a First Person shooter? Most people just want to shoot, get the achievements, and move on.