BioShock Infinite DLC adding new AI companion?

LinkedIn profile of 2K Games dev suggests first expansion for action-shooter will add new AI companion character.

BioShock Infinite's first downloadable content expansion may add a new artificial intelligence (AI) companion character. A 2K Games developer has listed "DLC1" on his LinkedIn page (via Superannuation), with work including "animation and R&D for a new AI companion character."

No further details about this character were divulged and an Irrational Games representative was not immediately available to comment.

Elizabeth is the main AI character in BioShock Infinite. It is unclear how this new character, if it is added to the game, would affect Elizabeth's role in the game.

BioShock Infinite's $20 DLC season pass includes three expansions for the first-person shooter, said to provide "hours" of additional gameplay and include new stories, characters, abilities, and weapons.

For more on BioShock Infinite, check out GameSpot's review.

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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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Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

The next two DLCs after this one will take us to Rapture!  And, Elizabeth is with us!  I hope somehow, someway she is still alive at the end of the two part DLC story.  I suppose anything is possible, just need to find the right lighthouse, right?

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

I'm excited, glad I purchased the season pass on day one

mesk14
mesk14

Please fix the stuttering first! One good thing about jumping to the next generation is hopefully we will see the END of the Unreal 3 engine.

Midnight_Twelve
Midnight_Twelve

Please be a little sister or something ridiculously cool.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Sounds like worthwhile dlc. Shame that's such a rare thing.

blackrunie
blackrunie

bioshock infinite is perfect for story dlc, because of the alternate universes. 

there could be a dlc where the founders are the good guys and actually a minority and you have to establish them firmly and beat booker. a lot of blue vs red banners everywhere, very atmospherical etc.

the possibilities are endless.

urtin3
urtin3

The Songbird? or maybe Comstock as your ally?

MrNachobro
MrNachobro

I'm hoping that the expansion will go into a little more detail concerning Songbird. Would be interesting to see how he came about and who he was before becoming Songbird. Maybe it can explain why Songbird and Booker have so much in common....

dliv666
dliv666

My favourite Game Series ........only too happy to get more of it to play and to all the haters ....go back to COD 

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I trust this will increase the quality of the game and not be a mere cash in

jj2112
jj2112

Ok, but this time don't copy the story from Fringe please.

olegavi323
olegavi323

They really need to add a new difficulty, 1999 mode wasn't hard enough for me.

adrian_cortez94
adrian_cortez94

i hope they add a survival mode on this one, or something similar.

hekifier
hekifier

Why are they even bothering with DLC for this crap!? Bioshock Infinite is worthless! Just another bland, boring, generic FPS for the zombie-like fan-base that's trained to by whatever crap gets pulled out from Irrational Games's bowel. I'd have a better time playing around with the DirecTV menu than with this game.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@mesk14 only an underpowered pc would stutter as both consoles dont have much of that at all.  also there is unreal 4... you think that is going to have less?  must be dreaming...

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@MrNachobro you know who made songbird?  you know where the tech came from to make songbird?  you remember the choice you make for elizabeth between the two necklaces?  answering your questions would be spoiler filled.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

Uh, isn't that known as "the main storyline"?

SgTFuzzy-18
SgTFuzzy-18

@olegavi323 cool story bro, yes instead of adding more content to  a series with mabye more features lets instead just make a harder difficultly for a game in which I already beat it 3 times 


you dumb f***

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@adrian_cortez94 would be good moving between scenes and seeing how long you can last for with ammo and salts limits. the open areas with rails where allot of fun but over sometimes too quick.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

@hekifier i 2nd that i was not moved by anything that was goin on in this game the game itself is amazing graphic wise and good story but the gameplay was very bland considering boishock1 i was highly upset with all the hype it got now that everyone played it and dont see the blandness of the games core which is gamplay!!!!!

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

@hekifier it seems this game is very marmite for some people. after playing through it on 1999mode i got to like it more, and found there was a bunch of additional tactics involved with vigors.

if you dont like it you'll hate it - if you like it you love it.

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

@hekifier i liked the game , but you are sooo right about the zombie like fan base.

On my second playthrough i realized how generic some of this was. Ken levine did the best job of promoting this game , i was laughing at peoples reactions, some people even began quoting levine ect  

Truth is , the hype grabbed peoples minds. thanks to gamespot and many other gaming sites who also jumped in. Some good youtube commentators jumped to how ridicilous the hype was around the game. And some of the reviewers made me laugh too, adam sessler seemed over dramatic to me. As if levine was standing opposite him when he did the review.

feathers632
feathers632

@hekifier I totally agree.  It's the one game this year I really feel I wasted my money on.  It looks pretty on the surface but the story is ridiculous, the character script makes me cringe and the boss fights are the worst I've seen in any game.  I got to the 2nd round of fighting with the ghost mommy and that was all I could take.  I wiped it.  A shame it's tied to my steam account.

mesk14
mesk14

@leviathanwing @mesk14 Ok there chief.core i5 3470 oc'd to 4.0ghz gtx 680.not underpowered.move along please,nothing to see here 

MrNachobro
MrNachobro

@leviathanwing @MrNachobro I remember all of that. I meant more info about WHO Songbird was. Even the Handymen were citizens before they were mechanized. The necklace choice just further reinforces my statement as to the similarities between Booker and Songbird. My personal theory is that either: Lutece has tried to bring Booker to save Elizabeth more than once, and one of the Bookers was turned into Songbird as the ultimate punishment when he failed. Or that Comstock asked Lutece to build a machine to protect Elizabeth, and Lutece figured who better to protect her than her own father. 

ravager1989
ravager1989

@SeAzhrei in the story u play as dewitt....i would like to know the other part of him...wad he did to become Comstock...or wad made him becom Comstock...not just like,"Hey, I took the baptism, now i am Comstock. The end. fuck off. no more."

mr_azim
mr_azim

@SeAzhrei DeWitt is Comstock?  Oh sorry.  Spoiler alert.  lolzers.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

My biggest problem was that I saw the big endgame "reveals" coming clearly less than 3 hours in. My only reason to continue playing beyond that point was an irritating hatred of leaving things unfinished.

mesk14
mesk14

@Kanthaka @mesk14 @leviathanwing thanks for the reply,my drivers are up to date,as always.Its just a fact that BI suffers from fps drops which causes the stutter.

The fact is that the Unreal Engine 3 is showing its age,and a game like BI has pushed it past its limit.Its all good though,setting adaptive vsync to half refresh rate,thus locking the fps @ 30 resolves the issue. :)

Kanthaka
Kanthaka

@mesk14 @leviathanwing Update your video card drivers. I was getting stuttering as well, even on the lowest settings. Updated drivers and smooth sailing from there. 

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

Yepyep! That's about what I'm going for!

csvichf
csvichf

@SeAzhrei Ah now i get what you mean. They all are obviously the same Booker but they made some other decisions, I already got that. But Those decisions can make him a completely different person which isn't very relatable to our Booker at all (Racist religious Comstock) They were all the same Booker when he was  born, but decisions can change a man. 

And this was probbably the only dimension in which they took the Booker's child from, so the other ones wouldn't remember the line ''bring us the girl, wipe away the debt'' that was a motive for him to do it, so it definitely needed to be the same Booker.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

I think your starting to see what I mean. Consider that you aren't just dealing with "dimension" shifting but also time travel. The two are connected.Imagine time as a straight line. With Booker at one moment of his life leading inexorably to another, another, another and on till he dies. You aren't the same person when you die as when you turned 10. There are effectively an infinite number of you split in completely different dimensions, always creating more through the act of existing. If you could go back and remove an early link in the chain, ie kill your younger self, nothing afterwards could ever have happened. However up until that point nothing would change. Now add in branches on the side to represent the dimension switching aspect. They could effectively try a near unlimited number of times by being careful how far they go back on any given attempt.

However my point was that they ARE all the same Booker. Which means they didn't NEED to keep bringing our dimension's instance of him repeatedly. Another dimension's Booker couldn't have made the same choices as the one we know. Because its the act of choosing that cause the creation of every parallel universe. Everything that can happen, will happen, and has already happened. All at the same time. Yet its still him. If he comes into contact with the memories from a different version of himself, they become his. Because they ARE his. He made choices, even if he actually had no part in the choosing. But because his mind is only attuned to his own dimension, his own reality, he has no way of realizing it till he gets there.

Its basically the Infinite Worlds theory. Where every choice ever made causes the universe to split itself like an amoeba into an unlimited number of side dimensions that are just out of our ability to sense. So yeah. Sort of naturally convoluted. Ie:The perfect concept to base Bioshock Infinite around.

csvichf
csvichf

Unless with ''experiencing'' Columbia you mean us playing the game with Booker, in which case there is just one Booker (the one the Lutteces took Anna from) the Luteces keep bringing back to Rosalinde/Comstock's universe, they obviously have done this 203? time i believe and the time you play it the Lutteces have thought of everything and it now goes correctly. They have pulled the same Booker 203 times through Columbia and he failed those times. The guy in the lighthouse probbably killed him the very first attempt in which the Lutteces acted by killing him before pulling Booker in, and they progress each bit like that 203 times before hitting all the right notes.


The only thing I don't get is, how can they bring the same Booker to their universe 204 times? shouldn't this only be possible once, and when he dies he's dead. It's not like he ressurects back into his own universe or something.

csvichf
csvichf

@SeAzhrei The first Lutece ever met by any Booker is Rosalinde Lutece, and Robert Lutece is first seen by the Booker you play when he comes  for Anna which he was told to do by Comstock/Rosalinde. You do realise Comstock and the Booker you play are the same age right? Comstock aged rapidly due to the tears. so I don't rly get your point about not experiencing Columbia yet because in the universe the Booker you play in originates, there will never be a Columbia because Comstock (Booker) never created it.

They don't go back to the same split they took Anna in, they go to another split created in Booker's office 20 YEARS AFTER THEY TOOK ANNA as a kid. this is all said in the game i believe. and Otherwise Elizabeth still would be a baby and not around 20 y/o

And the only reason our Booker remembered the whole Vox Populi thing was because he entered the Universe in where he had already lived and died during the revolution so the memories he experienced before he died there were melded with his own, not the memories from every Booker just the one from the universe he stepped in through.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

They are ALL the same Booker. All of the Comstocks are the same Booker. Or most, anyway. I use "our Booker" simply as a convenience to indicate the instance we control throughout the game. You might better call him the source branch Booker. But the whole branching dimensions concept make it tough to remember that we aren't seeing snipets from multiple people's live here. You choose to go left or right but they're both still YOU. This is all ONE singular person. And instead of a timeline that travels straight from past to future, we're essentially taken back, forth, and zig-zag! Constantly shown Booker DeWitt at various stages of his life, with various choices he has or might yet make in all their permutations and the consequences they lead to.

Every Comstock is our DeWitt later in life. More specifically WITHOUT having experienced Columbia already. Again, Robert is the first Lutece any variation of Booker meets. Because when they meet it is an alteration to a timeline that is already in place. The Luteces, having then been betrayed and realizing their error, went back to the same split that they took Anna from and now took our Booker. Which is where the scene you mention takes place. Right at the start of the game. His mind re-writes itself to provide him with some sense of mental stabilty, much as Robert says. They then proceed to coax him down the path that they, and subconsciously he, knows he has to walk to set things as close to "right" as possible. Why do you suppose he "remembers" all his support of the vox after the prison tear? "He" hadn't actually done anything. However his mind melded his version of memory with an altered version where things went differently. Multiple versions, multiple answers to the same question. But when it came down to it, all the same entity; Booker DeWitt. That's why our Booker had to die. The "source" needed to be purged from the whole convoluted mess.

Making any sense? I actually spend a disturbing amount of time thinking about stuff like this, the whole branching dimensions thing I mean, so I feel comfortable arguing my point. Unfortunately that doesn't make me particularly GOOD at actually getting that point across. And just for the record I am enjoying this far more than I did the game itself.

And I am sorry for the walls of text.

csvichf
csvichf

Anna = Rosalinde obviously in my last scentence

csvichf
csvichf

@SeAzhrei The Booker you play is the same Booker that chased Comstock down the alley, only 20 years later. It's all explained and shown in the ending its not up for interpretation. In the end they show Booker moaning in his office when Robert Lutece opens a tear from the lighthouse where the game starts right into Booker's office (same Booker that gave away Anna) when Booker passes the tear he's all confused, and says the line that was stuck in his hand. The Luteces make a remark about his scar aswell about it being some sort of penenace to remember his daughter. The Dewitt you play is 20 years after he gave his daughter away to Comstock.


And Robert is the Lutece Booker meets, indeed, but Anna is the one Comstock meets,I said that in my story... -.-

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

If you've forgiven yourself absolutely, how do you come to an extreme at the level of Comstock? They were all at risk of BECOMING Comstock's universe. That was the issue. How can choices split off into different universes if all the possible paths are converging? That was old Elizabeth's gift. Showing her younger self the way to unlock her abilities and see the massive fustercluck everything had become before passing a point of no return. Which old Elizabeth clearly had. I believe that the DeWitt you play as is from an earlier point in the overall timeline. BEFORE the whole Lutece family started their shenanigans, splitting reality 17 different ways from sunday. By letting him see and slowly come to grips with the fact that a good deal of this was going to be on his shoulders, they were hoping to douse the match before the forest could burn down. They were altering their own work by creating an alternative, where "Comstock" had never come into being. Basically they realized that they had meddled in something beyond even their capability to predict or control and were trying to hit the cosmic reset button. Also the first Lutece our Booker ever meets is the brother when Anna is taken.

csvichf
csvichf

@SeAzhrei That might be the worst summary I've ever read.

He met Lutece (was just Rosalinde at the time) they created the technology to make Columbia float, he never wanted to ''atone'' for his sins, for he has forgiven himself by accepting the identity of comstock. the paradox they've created was taking Anna from another universe and the Luteces pulled Anna's dad to Comstock's universe to atone for their sins after Comstock betrayed them.

ravager1989
ravager1989

@SeAzhrei well they did say they have a new AI companion...the only people whom i think are capable of that are the Lutece's..and only Comstock worked with them more closely...unless they are moving away from the 'opening tears' thing...Comstock/Lutece is what i think

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

*SPOILERS*

He gets baptized then eventually learns about the Lutece's work and thinks he's found a way to atone for all the horrible things he did in war. Then the Lutece's perhaps realize they've created some type of paradox from all the dimensional muddling, go back to before the baptism and pull him into one of the alt realities to work toward fixing things. Then he wakes up in a boat with 2 british people who sound awfully familiar. I always reserve the right to be wrong and I get what you mean, you just want details, but that strikes me as the kind of thing they're most likely to leave to the imagination. I mean they basically danced around it for the entire hall of heroes or whatever it was called. After trying so hard (and to my mind, failing) to be subtle would you really just come out and say "But no, this is what REALLY happened."? They gave us the pieces to put together as we will. That's my guess.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

I've taken to calling him Bookstock.

csvichf
csvichf

@SeAzhrei I felt the same exact way, this in the first time I read others feeling the same way I did. I've only played Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, but Bioshock is definitely the better game, it had the story, the atmosphere and the gameplay. Infinite only had the story and atmosphere, but it felt alot more linear to me (both games are obviously linear). 

If not for the good story Bioshock Infinite rly was a mediocre game imo, wereas Bioshock still would be a pretty good game. Infinite missed the wrench, that thing is just great.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

Kinda pissed me off a little actually.

"I know I should be enjoying this more. WHY AM I NOT ENJOYING THIS MORE?!"

Lol