BioShock Infinite DLC, season pass detailed

Irrational Games details three add-on packs for the upcoming first-person shooter; BioShock Infinite Season Pass available March 26 for $19.99.

2K Games has revealed that Irrational is already working on downloadable content for the upcoming title BioShock Infinite.

According to the publisher, Irrational will produce three add-on packs for the first-person shooter, which will provide hours of additional gameplay and include new stories, characters, abilities, and weapons.

2K also announced details concerning the BioShock Infinite Season Pass, which will be available at launch on March 26 and will cost $19.99 on the PlayStation Network and PC, and 1,600 Microsoft points on Xbox Live. It will include all three add-on packs and can be preordered through the game's website or at participating retailers.

According to 2K, those who purchase the BioShock Infinite Season Pass will also receive the Early Bird Special Pack, which contains exclusive gear, including a machine gun damage upgrade, a pistol damage upgrade, a gold skin for both weapons, and five infusion bottles that let players increase their health, shield durability, or ability to use vigors.

Those who preorder BioShock Infinite will also receive the Industrial Revolution Pack, which grants exclusive access to three in-game gear items that boost combat abilities, $500 bonus in-game currency, five lock picks, and the Industrial Revolution puzzle game, which unlocks stories of Columbia and allows players to pledge their allegiance to the Vox Populi or Founders through Facebook.

BioShock Infinite was announced in August 2010 and will ship on March 26, following several delays.

Analysts have suggested that the game would be a significant financial boon for publisher 2K, saying the game could ship 4.9 million copies.

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

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cousinmerl
cousinmerl

hmmm....

update on the DLC info...
 

Levine stated the following, “We’re working on the DLC, we just started on that and I think that’s going to be a real love letter to the fans.”

http://www.explosion.com/29000/levine-bioshock-infinite-dlc-will-be-a-love-letter-to-fans/

I have a really STRONG feeling that the DLC will actually be a set of additional missions that link into the game but provide missions from the lost ORIGINAL E3 footage..

observe the original... notice how much was changed in the final game? why throw it out eh? i would love to play this stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_DSfjAdhlU

and this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IcJC_V3P2s

nicolasetespqr
nicolasetespqr

All dlcs should be like this.

...so obviously absurd that you don't even feel pity for those guys who are actually willing to waste 20 bucks in something like this. ("allows players to pledge their allegiance to the Vox Populi or Founders through Facebook." this is particularly amazing. Pay to like something on facebook, pay to help advertise a game...).

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Yeah, because $40 x 4.9 million = their profit, right?

You do understand just how much money is eaten up in wages, development costs, software licensing and the like, right? Millions.


They're not spending $1,000,000 to make the game then pouring the $160,000,000 into a big money bank and swimming around in it. Besides, they spend money working on the DLC as well, why should they not get paid for working on something extra? Do you not get paid for working overtime?

I'm not completely pro-DLC, I utterly object to paying for 108kn software keys that allow me to use on-disc content locked behind a pay wall. I will never buy such content. But additional DLC that actually adds content and is created and released well after the original game is completed and has gone gold, I see no reason why that should be free.

Critofur
Critofur

I was ready to buy this game today.  The $20 extra for "DLC" this soon after launch struck me as disgustingly greedy so screw them, I'm no longer going to buy it.   I'll just buy Metro 2033 for $5 instead.

santinegrete
santinegrete

So... will I met Staltonsdale and Charles here?

Timeaisis
Timeaisis

Bah, it's a Carolyn review. Who cares? I'm still buying this game. GS has been lowballing Nintendo games as of late. Like ZombiU 4.5? Was that really necessary?

And this, although I respect this opinion, I really don't see her score making sense considering her qualms with the game. "No checkpoints, too hard at times". Ok, so we're giving this an "slightly above mediocre" score? Just seems weird to me.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

I ordered the Season Pass on Sunday when i found the game to be excellent and I wanted more.  What was really cool, was I still recieved all the early bird specials listed above I just had to make my way back to the Blue Oyster or whatever that restaurant was called and collect my 5 Infusion Bottles, the Gun Upgrades were given right away.  The game is excellent and am looking forward to the DLC.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

At least these guys made a quality game to begin with so I am fine with the DLC. You dont want it then dont buy it or wait for it to get cheaper a year from now. These games cost a ton of money the 60 is not enough anymore so the DLC is way to get some more back

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

A lot of times DLC just doesnt feel the added stuff is worth the price they give it they are usually kind of rushed and short.

This game though cost them a lot to make so they need to sell a ton of copies and DLC to make back the cost of this game.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

Oh I can't wait to see those "hours of additional gameplay". Until that playing the game over and over again.

keith21uk
keith21uk

Its a really nice game that I completed in 2 days on hard difficulty doing plenty of searching. 

Its a shame you have to pay extra or buy premium for the DLCs though and atm doing think the extra content is worth the extra price when you have such a full game without them anyway.

Would like to see how these "extra characters" will work. Is it extra bosses/enemies or is it a playable character like in the Borderlands 2 DLCs?

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

The season pass for BioShock Infinite won't cost me a thing since I got 1600msp for free just for preordering this game from the Microsoft Store.

Aletunda
Aletunda

Don't worry kids, the game isn't incomplete or anything, it's more about additional content post-release, don't be upset, in Australia we have to pay $10 dollars more for the season pass for some absurd reason

alastor529
alastor529

Sure is alot of crying going on in the comment feed for additional content for a video game that is OPTIONAL to pay for  lmao

divisional
divisional

Since when does available DLC mean you aren't getting a complete game?  That's ridiculous.

NineteenthCross
NineteenthCross

So, the game isn't even released yet and we're being told that there's even more of it to buy.

When did video games become action figures? This whole "Sold separately " nonsense needs to stop. Alas, it won't because people will shell out money, then more money. 

To make things worse, people actively defend this. Developers get paid to develop the game and the content. The DLC was made with the game, so they already got paid for doing it. But hey, if they didn't they wouldn't be called "developers" now would they?

I really love how complacent people have become, if they did this racketeering years ago it would not have gotten anywhere. 

Although it's delightfully amusing to think about it.

"Oh hey, here's Resident Evil 2. Leon's Campaign is DLC. Hunk's Minigame is DLC. " 

"Crash Bandicoot 3, now you can unlock all the secret levels and fully thwart Cortex's plan with our new Area XX DLC! 6 extra hard worlds that contain enough gems and crystals, now for only 19.99"



sagejonathan
sagejonathan

If you don't want it don't buy it. Bioshock is all about the story and I doubt they'll extend the true story through DLC. It'll probably be some extra levels to play or something.

megakick
megakick

Season pass? Every game needs a season pass. $59.99 for what? Then in a year 2K will announce a sequel ,wait a year buy the game and the content for $39.99...

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"Bioshock: Infinite DLC"

They're not even being coy about it these days...

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Then don't buy the season pass before all of the DLC is released and reviewed.

I've fallen for that once before and learned my lesson. Wait until it's released, then work out if you want all of it or better yet wait until the pass goes on Deal of the Week, if you're a 360 owner. We know it can do that, it's happened before.

And again, I doubt people would stomach an $80, they'd still want it for $60, despite more work being put into it than a regular game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Season passes are the worst invention in the latest line of bullshit DLC inventions.  Who the fuck PREORDERS DLC?

CP2077
CP2077

wont be buying this tell it gos on sale on steam. every time a company trys to sell DLC it makes me wait tell its on sale for 75% off or 50% off with DLC thrown in. 

CDproejektRED is the only company I will buy from day one knowing that DLC is free. and not removed from the game to make more off it.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

$20 on top of what you're already paying, typically $60 or close to $70 after sales tax.  So you could be paying $90 for a single video game.

Ninety dollars. For a video game. 

The whole industry needs to just die, because this greedy bullshit has gotten way out of hand.

fuery87
fuery87

@nicolasetespqr That was a pre-order bonus, dumbass. Admittedly, it's kind of dumb, but nobody paid $20 for it.

moriwenne
moriwenne

@Dragon_Nexus It shouldn't be free. By the time DLC comes out the game's price usually goes down to say around 30$. Charging 20$ for something that took waaaaayyyy less time to develop, that's what I have a problem with. DLC @ 5$ max I'm fine with. The price is too high most of the times, even 10$ is too high for what you get. That's what I have a problem with, the extra concent is not worth the amount they usually ask for. 

Harbinger985
Harbinger985

@Critofur um wow dude...youre really screwing yourself there then...so what they charge for the season pass..its an option purchase that can be made if you want..I personally bought it because I have played the other Bioshock games and loved them all...going to buy Metro is not the answer. Give BS: Infinite a chance and see what you think..just saying..no need for nerd rage...

sincerely,

A citizen of columbia

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

@Critofur u do get something up front for the buying the DLC, pistol/machine gun upgrades and skins and extra Vigor then of course you will get the DLC content when available.  Even if you dont want the DLC thats fine the game is solid and complete without it content, its just that I enjoyed it so much i decided to buy the DLC or my next play thru.

TaldeerM4D
TaldeerM4D

@Critofur Apparently you don't understand. The DLC is not going to effect the main story in anyway, as stated by Kevin Levine. The DLC will be for future stories/characters/etc. It's optional to buy, and besides, none has even come out yet anyway. The Season Pass DLC is just there for people who are planning on buying it in the future. By buying Season Pass, they'll get all DLC on release and get a little bonus for deciding to commit to buying DLC before release.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@Timeaisis don't ever trust Carolyn reviews with sequels, she will underrate them always.

acerx7
acerx7

@alastor529 Its a videogame forum for people to express their opinion, not North Korea where they get whipped for it. They should be able to express what they feel like without having someone trying to put them down for it. Let the people speak 

gadget108
gadget108

@divisional how bout since time constraints, budgets, disk LIMITATIONS existed. added stuff is post game added directly more to the hard drive which means bypassing the disk memory. back then before dlcs, to every beloved game it was what you see is what you get, and pray for a sequel. dlcs add to the franchise post game what they could not during development. 


gadget108
gadget108

@NineteenthCross how bout since time constraints, budgets, disk LIMITATIONS existed. added stuff is post game added directly more to the hard drive which means bypassing the disk memory. back then before dlcs, to every beloved game it was what you see is what you get, and pray for a sequel. dlcs add to the franchise post game what they could not during development of the main game. 

NineteenthCross
NineteenthCross

@sagejonathan 

You doubt they'll extend the true story, but like all games infected with DLC; they'll leave specific questions unanswered. Fates unknown. But if you pay 7.99 for each of the books, 29.99 for the Trade Paperback and a total of 40.99 for the DLC you'll know what happened to everyone.

I'm referring to Dead Space, Gears of War, etc for those that don't know that there are books and trade paperbacks.

Zippon
Zippon

@megakick The last game made by Irrational was BioShock.  Back in 2007.  So announcing a sequel next year....um, no.

Zippon
Zippon

@X_Box_Killer Do you go to the movies?  That's $10-15 for less than two hours of non-interactive entertainment.  How long do you think a single playthrough of the game and all 3 DLC packs will take?  How many of us do you think will play through multiple times?  Please get over yourself.

Games have never been cheaper.  But kids don't seem aware of their history.  Go look at prices for games back in the NES or PS days.  $80 was quite common.  Some games cost more.  Adjusted for inflation, those same games would easily cost $120-150 in today's dollars.  The only thing that needs to die is greedy gamers who feel developers don't need to be paid for their work.

Critofur
Critofur

@Zippon @X_Box_Killer 

Zippon, you are SOOO wrong.  "Back in the day" games were expensive because they weren't mass market items, they didn't sell nearly FIVE MILLION COPIES.  $60 ($80 if you want this one, complete) is ABSURD when they are selling millions of copies.  

I used to be a console/PC game fanatic, I practically lived for games.  Soon as my roomate and I were both home we headed straight for the TV to play Street Fighter, or Tekken, (before those NHL Hockey on SEGA, or turns playing Sonic...).  

When I found out that PS3 and X-Box 360 games were not going to fall in price (as one would expect) once they became mass market consumer goods I had the only sensible reaction: STOP BUYING CONSOLES AND GAMES because, yes, they ARE being greedy mother-f#@kers.  Game prices should have DROPPED to $30 instead of going up to $60 (normal launch price for "A" rated games was $49 when those systems launched and it was typical to find top games actually "on sale" on launch day for $39).  

JeSuisLeVent
JeSuisLeVent

@Zippon @X_Box_Killer Amen to that, you should watch the documentary "indie game", although they are video gamers working at home, and not big industries, and mostly dealing with indie games. but you get to see what all they have to deal with. It's not easy, so many gamers now a days are expect too much out of their video games. 

The way I see it, if you think it's too expensive, then might as well sell your gaming console, and all your video games. because you don't deserve the developers hard work and time.

Arcter
Arcter

@nicolasetespqr @fuery87 And yet here you are replying to him in such a manner that adds nothing to the conversation but your acknowledgement of the cutting remark in question. If you really want to claim apathy for something, maybe don't cry about it in a dorky tough-guy post.