Irrational Games has waxed lyrical about the upcoming Burial At Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite, which will eventually let players assume the role of Elizabeth in a bizarre Rapture-themed side story. Apparently it will feel very different to the traditional Booker gameplay experience.
Set on New Year's Eve 1958, the night that the revolution tore Rapture asunder, Burial At Sea's second episode will put Elizabeth in the starring role, with Booker cast as a hardbitten Private Eye. Irrational boss Ken Levine suggests that Elizabeth's section is "more towards a survival horror game" than a run & gun experience, while level designer Amanda Jeffrey delved much deeper into what makes her a unique protagonist.
"Liz is such a different character to Booker, and if we were to just put Booker in a dress, then that would be the most awful betrayal of what we're doing for Liz, and players would just feel like it was a cheap way out, and that's not something that we want to do," she told IGN.
"She needs to be kind of thinking in a roundabout way of how to deal with her enemies. And, sometimes, that might mean completely bypassing the enemy entirely. It may mean, in another situation, using the enemy's strength against them."
Stealth, counter-attacks and tear skills will be more important than straightforward combat, though Irrational are still ironing out the specifics.
"We're still trying to work out exactly how extensive Liz's tear abilities will be. I will say, though, that Elizabeth and her tear abilities are not necessarily a 'win button.' So she's not entirely godlike in her abilities. She will have far more powerful ways of interacting with the world than we saw in Infinite proper, but at the same time, it won't just be a case of walking to a space and going, 'I'm just going to press a button, and now happy ending for everyone!'"
Interesting stuff. Both episodes of Burial At Sea will cost £9.99 - we've got a trailer right here.