BioShock Infinite "Clash in the Clouds" DLC revealed

Combat-oriented expansion features four maps of increasing difficulty available this week for $5; narrative-focused Burial at Sea DLC lets gamers play as Elizabeth.

2K Games today announced "Clash in the Clouds," the first of three expansions coming to Irrational Games' first-person shooter BioShock Infinite.

Clash in the Clouds is available today on Steam for $5 and will come to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network later in the week.

The combat-focused Clash in the Clouds features 4 "brand new" maps with increasingly difficult enemies, as well as optional extended challenges. The expansion features 60 challenges in all, as well as new achievements and leaderboard support. Players can also unlock concept art, voxophones, kinetoscopes, and more by completing challenges.

Lead level designer Forrest Dowling told GameSpot that he doesn't expect all BioShock Infinite players to latch on to Clash in the Clouds, saying the content is aimed more at people who enjoyed the game's combat over its narrative.

"Clash in the Clouds was definitely made intentionally…we knew that it wasn't going to be for 100 percent of people out there," lead level designer Forrest Dowling told GameSpot. "It was going to be for people who were really into the gameplay experience and that's what they want more of."

"This is a meta experience. It is not part of the BioShock story. It is just for fun."

Following in 2014 will be new BioShock Infinite expansions "Burial at Sea - Episode One" and "Burial at Sea - Episode Two." The content is narrative-driven, set in the original game's Rapture, 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. It will also include new weapons, new Plasmids/Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies.

Finally, 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. This content is also set in Rapture.

Episode One and Episode Two will sell for $15 each when they launch in 2014. All three expansions are included with the $20 BioShock Infinite DLC season pass.

GameSpot recently visited Irrational Games in Boston, Mass. and spoke with creative director Ken Levine. Check back later this week for more.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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115 comments
PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

4 Words:

1. Snowglobe
2. Earth's core
3. Space
4. 1930's

GD_EAGLE
GD_EAGLE

You've got to be kidding me

gosushi
gosushi

They should just refund our season pass, apologize for their fuck up and use their next DLC as material for an 8th gen title :D

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

I got the season pass back then. Honestly this whole DLC is pointless, it should have been there since the first release, it gets boring very quickly. 

bb52700
bb52700

meh, if the DLC came out too soon after the release, just replace "it's taking so long what about season pass blah blah blah" with "these were just levels cut from the game to be resold as DLC blah blah blah."  35 bucks worth ofcontent for 20 is more value than most season passes offer.  it comes when it comes, just be patient

jesusmartin23
jesusmartin23

Well I am glad I did not bother with the season pass without a story this dlc is so cheap. If I wanted extended battles I would pick up a real fps, I played all 3 bioshocks for the story and not the plasmids that you can never properly upgrade.

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

I SO called that Infinite's DLC would return to Rapture. I said it on this very website back in March. I'm awesome.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

I sense a feedbackula with this one. People- please dial up the crazy!.

blackzio
blackzio

i think ill buy the season pass sometime so i didn't get clash in the clouds just yet.

but am i the only thinking that a half-ass deathmatch online multiplayer would be better than this? or at least a 2 player online co-op mode for this, to play as elizabeth and booker. 

CitC just looks quite boring. 

gosushi
gosushi

buying the season pass for 'Infinite' was a huge mistake. CitC DLC was utterly crap for the time they made us wait for it and we have to wait till next year for a PROPER expansion, when most of us will be playing on 8th gen consoles. Good job guys, good job.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

$35 doesn't sound bad for what they're offering.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Irrational/2K cute business model:

1) Sell some thousands Season Passes at $20 each with the promise of hot story driven content. People will love the main game and take the bait hoping for moar awesome quantum-multiverses adventures.

2) Have just 2-3 programmers/designers working on the DLC, those could take months to make something worth.

3) Release a quick DLC to keep people quiet for one year (Clash of the Clouds).

4) Meanwhile invest all that juicy money from the Season Passes on your next game. There are no returns so those pesky people will have to wait.

krayzie88
krayzie88

The only disappointment i had with this game was the combat mechanics so this dlc is def not for me. Bit of a letdown seeing as i gotta wait till next bloody year for the story dlc. Sigh

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

"Finally, Burial at Sea - Episode Two will have gamers playing as Elizabeth "

Oh good, I was hoping to play as a character that the AI would completely ignore. Should be even easier now.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Well for those prices, the $20 Season Pass is a much better deal. I can't wait for that Burial at Sea DLC.

lmlf
lmlf

LOL Good job 2K YOU ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!!  SHEEP SHEEP SHEEP SHEEP

erik2005
erik2005

WTF is this...played for 30 min and got bored! STUPID DLS, I want my 5 euro back! I was hopeing for something interesting. I bet this "Clash in the Clouds" was made in one day!

hadlee73
hadlee73

"Clash in the Clouds"? I was hoping that was going to be the name of the next-gen console war :P

auntbessie
auntbessie

2014? They gotta be having a giraffe, that's fucking ages, hope they're not going all 'Valve' on us and just taking so long that we give up waiting

Legend002
Legend002

GOTY edition in 2014. Thanks.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Thanks, but I'll wait for the Bioshock Infinite "Game of The Year" Edition on disc.

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

Thanks, but, not thanks.  I'll wait for the story-driven DLC...

Mediin
Mediin

This DLC is not fun.

You cannot repeat the blue ribbon challenges. The only way to repeat one explicit challenge is to repeat every one wave before that. I don't undertand why the developers wanted to piss me of with this. Also, some of the challenges are not explained good enough. Kill 5 people with sog? Yeah, did that, no money given.

Kill people only with the shotgun? Yeah, as long as no one of them accidentally kill themself by friendly fire or you jump just an inch to close to kill them with a sky-line attack. When that happens, it means: Have fun repeating every other wave to this point to get your blue ribbon.

Kill the siren before she revived any dead guys? Ok, but suddenly, dead people are obviously not necessary any more to revive dead people and it fails in 5 secs.

I merely completed the first "arena" and i do not looking forward to complete this. 

blackace
blackace

Glad all of this is part of the season pass. I'll download it right now without having to pay anything extra.

hinzkunz
hinzkunz

Its a bit annoying. They sold me on the season pass by saying it will be 3 story DLCs for the price of 2. Now it is just two story DLCs after all and to not make the Season Pass Buyers too annoyed they just raised the praise for the story DLCs.

Furthermore I bought the friggin season pass when the game came out and it turns out that I will have to wait nearly an ENTIRE year before I get my first story DLC, for which I shelled out my money already. I mean Bioshock Infinite is a tremendous game, but this is just very, very lame.


I'm definitly cured from buying season passes.


GuillermoX
GuillermoX

Surprised they aren't focusing on story on everything.  The combat was decent, but it totally paled in compared to the storyline.

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

It is on Xbox Live Marketplace now and available through the game's Season Pass Store, if you purchased said pass.

SoNin360
SoNin360

That's fair, Burial at Sea should be enough to get my money's worth from buying the Season Pass, which I was skeptical of in the first place. It beats paying for those episodes at $15 a pop, and Clash in the Clouds is a nice little bonus, though I probably won't bother with it that much since I'm way more interested in the best aspect of BioShoch- the story telling.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

First DLC is a huge letdown. The upcoming DLC sounds very promising though.

Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

@grbolivar So they are to blame that they want to make good DLC instead of short and underdeveloped ones?

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Legend002 Ep 1 and Ep 2 will release through all of 2014, maybe many months away from each other, after that give another waiting year as usually with GOTYs and you'll have your GOTY by the end of 2015 or even 2016.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Mediin Clash in the Clouds was done quickly to give something to people until 2014.

deathstream
deathstream

@it009x9281 

Seems like a good enough reason to revisit Columbia while waiting for the next two.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@hinzkunz Meanwhile they'll invest your $20 (and of thousand others) on their next game/IP, and have only a couple programmers working on Burial at Sea. Nice business model if you ask me (for them of course).

100LBSofDogMeat
100LBSofDogMeat

@hinzkunz Do you know how long it takes to create story-driven content?  I'm not surprised it will take this long, and it is completely fine that it does.  Why rush something just to get it out?

Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

@GuillermoX Yeah. The combat is OK, actually very neat. But since everything else was so good it looks inferior in comparisson. More than it actually is.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@100LBSofDogMeat @hinzkunz Gearbox made 4 awesome DLCs in 6-7 months for Borderlands 2. FOUR, and the DLC ended being better than the game itself.

100LBSofDogMeat
100LBSofDogMeat

@lonewolf315 @grbolivar   And the Bioshock Infinite DLC has not come out yet, so there is nothing to base a decision on really.  Nonetheless, Borderlands 2 DLC is.... well... okay.  The writing in that game is fucking terrible, amongst other things.

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

@grbolivar And they did it using the money and manpower that was supposed to go towards Colonial Marines. I don't think you should be praising Gearbox just now considering that they misused funds.