BioShock Infinite News

Irrational unveils 1998 Mode for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two

Irrational unveils 1998 Mode for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two

Complete the narrative using only non-lethal tools as Elizabeth.

Irrational Games has announced 1998 Mode for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two.

This mode challenges players to complete the narrative using only non-lethal tools. The DLC add-on launches on 25th March.

1998 Mode follows 1999 Mode, which was included in BioShock Infinite as its hardest difficulty.

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BioShock Infinite isn't up for a Best Game BAFTA

Tearaway is, so is Assassin's Creed 4.

It's that time of year again: The British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA) nominees have been announced. The biggest surprise is that BioShock Infinite - its triumphant arrival being one of the gaming events of the year, if not the generation - is not nominated for Best Game. Fighting it out for that honour are Tearaway, Assassin's Creed 4, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, Super Mario 3D World and Papers, Please.

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 trailer revealed

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 trailer revealed

Includes a major returning character. Spoilers!

UPDATE #2 1.05PM The trailer is now live.

UPDATE 11.23AM We've been told that the video isn't quite ready to be made public yet so we've removed it at 2K's request - it'll be back very shortly.

ORIGINAL STORY 10.53AM Spoilers below for BioShock, BioShock Infinite and Burial at Sea Episode 1.

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 release date

BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games has confirmed that Burial at Sea - Episode 1 will launch for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 12th November.

The first slice of a two-part Rapture-based DLC story, Burial at Sea will see Infinite's leading characters Booker and Elizabeth somehow recast in the series' original setting of Rapture.

How they've ended up there - and what they know of Infinite's events - will play a key role in the story. You'll also get to see Rapture before its fall into anarchy, and meet up with a memorable face from the original game.

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BioShock Infinite dev talks Burial at Sea DLC

Playing as Elizabeth won't just be "Booker in a dress".

BioShock Infinite developer Irrational has revealed new details of Elizabeth's playable role in the second half of Burial at Sea, the game's upcoming Rapture-set expansion.

Ken Levine finds Chromecast tech more exciting than next-gen

"I don't think the living room matters that much any more. It's about wherever you want to game."

When I spoke to Ken Levine in Boston last Monday about BioShock Infinite DLC, I also wanted to get his quick take on the next generation of consoles. Levine, though, was more interested in talking about another piece of forward-looking technology.

BioShock DLC developer praises Rod Fergusson's impact on Infinite

Late-arriving producer brought "the eyes of a gamer" to help Irrational finish up.

Forrest Dowling, project lead on the newly released Clash in the Clouds DLC for BioShock Infinite, has shed some light on how Rod Fergusson helped Irrational Games finally finish and ship its ambitious story-driven first-person shooter earlier this year.

BioShock Infinite sells over 4 million copies

BioShock Infinite has sold over 4 million units, according to publisher Take-Two Interactive.

Take-Two's chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick noted during a financial call today that "BioShock Infinite is North America's best-selling multiplatform release so far this year, according to NPD. The title's crossed the 4 million unit selling mark and we expect it to become the top-selling release in the BioShock franchise."

BioShock Infinite has dominated the game industry today with news of its three just announced DLC packs: the combat-driven stopgap Clash in the Clouds, and the underwater steampunk noir Burial at Sea, a two-part adventure that take us back to the series' starting point Rapture.

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BioShock Infinite sells "significantly" more than series predecessors

BioShock Infinite sold "significantly" more copies in its first month than either the original BioShock or BioShock 2.

But that wasn't enough to push publisher Take-Two into profit for the financial year ended 31st March 2012, despite other big successes in Borderlands 2 and NBA 2K13.

More than 3.7 million copies of BioShock Infinite were shipped to retailers, Take-Two's earnings report said, and there was "solid demand" for the game's Season Pass - despite no one yet knowing what those three add-ons will be.

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A year and a half after its announcement, BioShock Vita is still not in development

A year and a half after its announcement, BioShock Vita is still not in development

"Hey guys, do you want to work on this and not feed your family?"

More than a year and a half after its announcement at E3 2011, Irrational's BioShock game for PlayStation Vita is still not in development.

A deal has still not been signed between Take-Two - Irrational's parent company - and platform holder Sony.

"That's out of my hands right now," BioShock creator Ken Levine told IGN.

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BioShock Infinite Season Pass announced

BioShock Infinite Season Pass announced

Three DLC packs will offer new stories, characters, abilities and weapons.

The BioShock Infinite Season Pass has been announced by publisher 2K, for release alongside the game on 26th March.

Priced 15.99 on PC and PlayStation 3 and 1600 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360, the Season Pass will include access to three upcoming DLC packs.

The three add-ons will cost 7.99/800 Microsoft Points each, so Season Pass owners get a 30 per cent saving, 2K said.

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BioShock Infinite gameplay trailer teases Elizabeth's role

Update: BioShock Infinite has gone gold, Irrational Games has announced, so it's definitely making its 26th March release date.

"The total cost of the game was five years, 941 billion Klingon darseks (plus tip), 47 camels, a cranberry flan, and the blood, sweat, and tears of the Irrational Team," said creative lead Ken Levine on the company blog.

Original story: BioShock Infinite publisher 2K Games has released another slice of gameplay footage, this time focusing on sidekick Elizabeth.

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Rapturous new BioShock Infinite trailer soars

There's less than two months to go until the release of BioShock Infinite, a game that developer Irrational Games has been teasing now for over two-and-a-half years.

It's been a long wait, but today's new trailer paints a well-rounded picture of the shooter. It feels ready to go.

Click below for new glimpses of Columbia, the mysterious Elizabeth and her dimension-ripping tear ability, and a healthy dose of ideology-wrapped story.

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BioShock Infinite prequel e-book announced for Amazon Kindle

BioShock Infinite prequel e-book announced for Amazon Kindle

1.85 or free if you pre-order game from Amazon.

Irrational Games' skyborne shooter BioShock Infinite is to have an e-book prequel released on Amazon Kindle next month.

BioShock Infinite: Mind in Revolt will be out 12th February priced 1.85/$2.99. It's free if you pre-order the BioShock Infinite game from Amazon.

The novella is penned by Irrational Games' writer Joe Fielder, aided by BioShock boss Ken Levine and relates events in the war-torn airborne city of Columbia before the arrival of Infinite star Booker DeWitt.

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After everyone and their mother railed against BioShock Infinite's generic box art, creative lead Ken Levine has announced that the game will feature a reversible cover. What will it look like? That's up to you, as Irrational is asking people to vote on the alternate box art on the developer's website.

New BioShock Infinite gameplay footage emerges

New BioShock Infinite gameplay footage emerges

Meet Elizabeth, fight the Handyman.

New footage of the highly anticipated steampunk shooter BioShock Infinite premiered during the VGAs last night.

The new trailer contains two scenes. The first is where player character Booker DeWitt first meets AI partner character Elizabeth. The second scene is a firefight late in the game where the pair face off against the mechanical primate-like Handyman.

I played through both of these sections the other day at a hands-on event and can confirm that almost everything in that footage is accurate to how it plays. The only thing that tipped me off to it being pre-recorded was that Booker switches tonics without pulling up the radial menu. Otherwise it's a pretty accurate depiction of that thrilling set piece.

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Free BioShock 1 with BioShock Infinite PS3 is a US exclusive offer

BioShock 1 is thrown in for free with BioShock Infinite on PlayStation 3 in the US only, 2K Games has confirmed.

Back in May developer Irrational Games said the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock Infinite would come with a free copy of the 2007 classic on the Infinite Blu-ray disc. At the time Irrational failed to specify that it was a US-only offer.

“I can confirm that the PS3 version of BioShock Infinite in North America contains a copy of the original BioShock," a 2K Games spokesperson told Eurogamer.

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BioShock Infinite has no multiplayer, creator confirms

BioShock Infinite will not include a multiplayer portion, series creator Ken Levine has confirmed.

Developer Irrational Games was known to have been working on several multiplayer modes earlier this year. Levine announced in August that at least two of these had been cut.

Levine last night revealed the lack of multiplayer while responding to a fan query on Twitter (as spotted by Evil Avatar).

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BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution game exclusive for pre-order customers

BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution game exclusive for pre-order customers

Puzzle tie-in unlocks BioShock Infinite in-game content.

PC puzzle tie-in BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution will be available exclusively to BioShock Infinite pre-order customers, developer Irrational Games has announced.

Player progress through Industrial Revolution will then unlock in-game content within BioShock Infinite.

Industrial Revolution is available to play now at, although you'll need a code to access it.

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BioShock Infinite explodes back on the scene with new trailer

BioShock Infinite has returned with an explosive new trailer and confirmation that it will release in February 2013.

The eye-catching shooter had gone dark for the summer, skipping trade shows E3 and Gamescom amid reports of a troubled development and high-profile exits from developer Irrational Games.

Some had expressed concern that the game might miss its February 2013 release - it was initially due out this month. But the new trailer, called Beast of America, hammers home the 26th February 2013 release date.

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New BioShock Infinite enemy revealed in gameplay video

New BioShock Infinite enemy revealed in gameplay video

Ken Levine on the Motorized Patriot, aka, George Washington with a chaingun.

Irrational Games has unveiled a new enemy you'll encounter in BioShock Infinite.

The Motorized Patriot, one of a number of "Heavy Hitter" enemies in the game, is described as George Washington with a chaingun. You'll encounter him throughout BioShock Infinite in non-combat and combat situations. And he packs a punch.

Irrational Games chief creative Ken Levine told Eurogamer in an interview, below, that the Motorized Patriot and his fellow Heavy Hitters are designed to add variety to the combat - something BioShock 1 lacked.

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BioShock Infinite release date announced

BioShock Infinite release date announced

Now, would you kindly pre-order.

BioShock Infinite launches in Europe on 19th October 2012, 2K Games has announced.

The Irrational Games shooter launches in the US on 16th October. Those dates apply to all three versions of the game: for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

"After BioShock, we had a vision for a follow up that dwarfed the original in scope and ambition," said creative director Ken Levine.

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Fan feedback prompts BioShock Infinite 1999 Mode

A more "demanding" experience with "irreversible" choices.

BioShock Infinite will include "1999 Mode", a harder version of the game where your characters' choices have "irreversible implications", developer Irrational Games has announced.

BioShock: Rapture book release date

The first book to explore the world of BioShock launches next Tuesday, 19th July.

BioShock: Rapture is by science fiction writer John Shirley, published by Titan Books and sold for 7.99.

It covers events from the creation of Rapture to a point before the first game.

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Levine still hopeful for BioShock movie

But the "right pieces" must be in place.

Irrational Games boss Ken Levine hasn't given up on getting the stalled BioShock movie off the ground, but admits that getting it right presents a huge challenge.

2K narrows XCOM, Spec Ops release dates

2K narrows XCOM, Spec Ops release dates

Both before April 2012.

The 2K Australia revamp of XCOM will be released sometime between April 2011 and the end of March 2012, Take-Two's money report has spewed.

Does that mean an early 2012 launch?

If XCOM was coming this autumn, why wouldn't 2K have said? The Darkness II has a confirmed autumn 2011 date and that game was only announced yesterday.

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Levine has "zero desire" for new consoles

BioShock dev happy with what he's got.

BioShock Infinite developer Ken Levine doesn't want Sony and Microsoft to launch new consoles any time soon despite the Xbox 360 being half a decade old and the PlayStation 3 nearing its fifth birthday.

PS3 BioShock Infinite will not be a port

No repeat of gaffes that blighted original.

Irrational Games are making special efforts to ensure that all versions of its forthcoming BioShock Infinite are up to scratch, the developer has announced.

BioShock Infinite gameplay trailer hits XBL

BioShock Infinite gameplay trailer hits XBL

Lunatic politician! Cyborgs! Vigors! Crows!

A new BioShock Infinite gameplay trailer has hit Xbox Live.

The 10-minute clip offers a first glimpse of how Irrational Games' new title will actually play.

The trailer follows hero Booker DeWitt as he searches the near-deserted streets of floating city Columbia for a woman called Elizabeth.

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BioShock Infinite gameplay vid incoming

BioShock Infinite gameplay vid incoming

Tune in to Xbox Live on 22nd September.

Waiting for your first taste of BioShock Infinite gameplay? Irrational Games will debut a new clip on 22nd September.

According to the developer's blog, the gameplay footage will be up on Xbox Live and, then "elsewhere online".

Irrational's blogger, Chris Remo, also revealed new info about Ken Levine's latest project, unveiled last month through the stunning cinematic trailer below.

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Levine "experimenting" with Infinite MP

But "not convinced" it shapes up yet.

Irrational Games' Ken Levine has said he's "experimenting" with multiplayer in BioShock Infinite at the moment. However, he's not sure it yet holds a candle to the single-player experience.

BioShock Infinite announced

BioShock Infinite announced

Seven questions with Ken Levine inside.

Irrational Games has announced BioShock Infinite, due out for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.

It's a first-person shooter set in 1912 on Columbia, a huge city in the sky.

We've been over to the US to see the game, and returned with a preview, an interview with BioShock creator Ken Levine, screenshots, and a reveal trailer.

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Levine: Why I passed on BioShock 2

And what he thought about it.

Irrational Games founder and BioShock creator Ken Levine passed on the opportunity to create BioShock 2 because he'd said all he wanted about underwater city Rapture.

BioShock film bill "extraordinarily high"

Verbinski cutting costs but not "integrity".

BioShock film producer Gore Verbinski has insisted the project hasn't drowned but is treading water while the team tries to reduce an "extraordinarily high" budget.

Take-Two hints at BioShock 3

Likely to coincide with the film.

Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick has hinted at a third BioShock game, even though the second one isn't even out until the end of next year.