BioShock Infinite DLC: 24 things you should know about Burial at Sea

Story, enemies, locations, gameplay, prices, release date… we compile all the info that’s out there

Matt Cundy

Rapture noir

Without any doubt the big gaming news from the last week was the long-awaited reveal of BioShock Infinite’s DLC. One of them, Clash in the Clouds, is a horde-style challenge mode, and it’s out now, ready to be downloaded. The other expansion, Burial at Sea, is the main attraction though, offering an altogether more substantial BioShock experience.

However, details are thin on the ground, with the official Burial at Sea press release being disappointingly undernourished. But, luckily, the game’s creative director, Ken Levine, is way more enlightening than any press release could ever be, and between his tweets, and this interview with Eurogamer, we’ve been able to piece together a fair bit of info. Not only that, we’ve also added a few observations of our own, based mostly on the Burial at Sea trailer.

Speaking of which, you might want to watch the trailer before going any further:

OK, ready? Good. Here are 24 things you should know about the BioShock Infinite DLC, Burial at Sea…

1. Burial at Sea is a noir detective story, and will be released in two episodes

2. It takes place in the underwater city of Rapture, which is the location of the first two BioShock games

3. Booker and Elizabeth will both be playable characters – Booker in the first episode, and Elizabeth in the second

4. Burial at Sea is set on New Year’s Eve, 1958 – the exact date the Atlas-led uprising against Andrew Ryan took hold of Rapture, and 46 years after the events of BioShock Infinte

5. The Kashmir Restaurant, which was attacked by Atlas and his men on New Year’s Eve, 1958, and an important location in the history of Rapture’s civil war, can be seen in the trailer

6. Despite events taking place after BioShock Infinite, Booker doesn’t seem to know Elizabeth

7. There will be returning characters from the original BioShock, some of whom will play a key part in the story

8. Part of Burial at Sea will take place in a sunken, dilapidated department store repurposed by Andrew Ryan as a makeshift prison for holding Frank Fontaine’s ‘thugs’

9. Splicers will appear as enemies, and Big Daddies will also feature in some capacity

10. There will be some new enemy types to overcome

11. The first episode will contain a new weapon and a new Vigor/Plasmid for Booker to use

12. Plasmids from the original BioShock aren’t being recreated for Burial at Sea

13. In the Burial at Sea poster art, the initials ‘AD’ – Anna DeWitt – are on the back of Booker’s hand

14. A Little Wonders Educational Center, where Little Sisters are created and conditioned, is seen during the trailer. In the original BioShock a Little Wonders Educational Facility – as opposed to ‘Center’ – is located in Point Prometheus

15. Other locations/establishments seen in the trailer include a Pneumo Jet Postal substation, Aventine Hotel, The Odeon, and Palmetto

16. Burial at Sea’s gameplay systems will be more of a tweaked version of Infinite’s, as opposed to a recreation of the original BioShock’s

17. The original BioShock’s hacking mini-games definitely won’t return in the first episode, and are unlikely to appear in the second episode either

18. In the trailer, part of Elizabeth’s pinkie finger is clearly missing

19. Burial at Sea will be part of the overarching BioShock story, and the events of Burial at Sea and Infinite will form part of the series’ same multiverse

20. Almost all of Rapture has been developed from scratch

21. Troy Baker and Courtnee Draper both resume voice-acting duties for Booker and Elizabeth respectively

22. The Burial at Sea trailer features the song Wonderful, Wonderful by Johnny Mathis

23. Both episodes of Burial at Sea will be released by March 2014 for PS3 and Xbox 360, although specific dates are still to be announced

24. Each episode will be priced at $15.00, or will be available at no extra cost for BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders

And there we have it – all the info we could collate for Burial at Sea. We’re sure more will be revealed in the coming weeks and months, and when – it does – we’ll do our job and make sure you guys know all about it.


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