Friday, 5 April 2013

Predicting Bioshock Infinite's DLC

Bioshock Infinite's upcoming DLC is still a mystery to everyone. However while we don't know anything about what it might include or what effect it will have on the story, we can try and predict what it most likely will be.

Be warned that it does contain spoilers for Bioshock Infinite.




Mystery Of Rapture Explained?


I noted in my Understanding Bioshock Infinite's Ending Part II Q&A that I thought that most of the Rapture theories were a bit outlandish and crazy. I still stand by that as while there is no doubt Rapture is relevant to the story of Infinite, I don't think it is as involved as people are making out.

That said, with the DLC to be released, the true secret and relevance of Rapture could be explained. Maybe there is some hidden conspiracy here that I have just missed and everyone is right. If there is, then this might be explored in the upcoming content. 

There are so many theories to do with Rapture and Infinite that I can't possibly go through them all and explain which ones I think are most likely to be a possibility so I'll leave it here.  Bottom line is that the DLC may confirm, or deny, what people have been saying about Rapture. We just have to wait and see!


Another DLC, Another Universe?

Having already covered the 'main universe' and ending the game on a very certain note, Bioshock Infinite can't really continue to explore the original plot while following directly on from where Infinite's story ended. So what might it do? In fact, would could it even do? Well, actually, there are, technically, infinite possibilities, right? Infinite worlds and universes = infinite DLC possibilities. 

The DLC could easily focus on an alternate universe to do with Booker and Elizabeth. It could let you play as Booker when he lead the revolution in Columbia. It could let you be Booker in another world where he made a different choice or another thing happened. If there are infinite worlds, then the options are endless. The DLC could very well take us on a journey with Booker through an alternate universe.

If it is released in this form, then it will be either really, really story focused, giving us a different perspective or more information on the main game's plot, or it will be quite irrelevant and focus more on its own, individual, story.

Just one note: so long as Elizabeth is in it, this is cool with me.

The View Of A Different Man (Or Woman) And A Different World?


Many DLCs often put you into the shoes of another character so this is one thing we can far from rule out here. Infinite could let you play as some other person, maybe completely forgetting Booker and/or Elizabeth. Hell, we might even get to play as Elizabeth herself.


We could step into the shoes of Slate, Comstock or maybe even someone from Rapture. Yep, who said the DLC had to even be set in Columbia or that world? It might turn out that the add-on is more of a tribute to Rapture by letting us return there for a 3rd (technically 4th) time.

My main issue with the earlier proposition about it following a different character is that these type of DLCs are often very weak and not very good, and while I am not saying Irrational will not do a top class job with whatever content they release, even great developers can screw up with add-ons. Even if the game was awesome, the DLC isn't guaranteed to live up to it.

But Most Of All; It Better Be Good, Got It, Irrational?  

I'm not a big fan of DLC, not because I don't like spending extra money on more content, but because while I love the idea of being able to explore a game further, most add-on content sucks. 

I absolutely adore(ed) Bioshock Infinite. If the DLC is not good, I will be very, very, very upset and unhappy. It doesn't have to be perfect, but at least equal Alan Wake's DLC in terms of quality. In fact, take a good look at the original Alan Wake game and what an outstanding job it did with its single player add-ons. They were incredibly well made. Single player DLC always tends to suffer because it is so much harder and more particular to develop than multiplayer DLC. That said, it can be done. And you better do it right. Got it? Good. Now hurry up and give us some information on it, we're dying over here!



14 comments:

  1. My dream DLC would be a trip to Paris with adult Anna. Just several hours of beautiful sceneries and dialogue. I'm not even kidding ;_;

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    1. Haha that would actually be awesome.

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  2. I like your posts, particularly those explaining the Bioshock Infinite story and ending. I did wonder though whether the whole reason the story exists is for a game designer to try to make re-spawning after a player gets killed a credible plot device. i.e. whenever DeWitt is killed he re-enters the game from his office in black and white back into the action almost where he left off from. That seems like he's re-entered Columbia again but at a different start point, in accordance with the 123 times he's played the heads/tails coin toss.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Really appreciate it and glad you like my articles!

      I certainly think it ties in with the whole respawning after death thing, however I think that is just a neat add in and is not actually the REASON for the story to be the way it is. People don't really ask questions about respawning. It's just a game mechanic, so I don't think Ken levine would have gone to all the trouble of making one of gaming's finest stories just as a way of making an excuse for you to respawn lol.
      Like I said, it definitely ties in with the story, however I wouldn't say it is actually the reason the plot is the way it is!

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  3. Could be interesting to finish what the Vox started as Daisy Fitzroy, although I don't think I'd like to live in that world, either.

    Thank you for your ending explanation posts - helped clear up quite a few things :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment man! I'm glad I helped you out!

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  4. I think that the Bioshock Infinite's DLCs should, or raether could be set at a difrent time, such as the 80's or you kno just more colorful places maybe they can change the weapons a lil bit, i think this because of the one tear that elizabeth opens and it says "Revenge of the Jedi" on the theater... that could be pretty fun, i think of the 80's as time of colorful and things just happening..

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  5. First off, I would like to say that you are an amazing author, Im serious, you are a thousand times better than me at dealing with other peoples opinions. I would just like to go back to Rapture. Period. I also wonder what would happen if you had both Plasmids and Vigors in your system? The harsh side effects of both could combine and you could be God, or maybe you could just Explode from so much power. I dont know, I just want more Rapture :P

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! It means a lot when people leave awesome feedback like you!!!

      I too would like to see more Rapture, however I do want Booker and Elizabeth to be in it too. As for the vigour/plasmid combo; that would be awesome! I was a bit bored of the vigors in Infinite so some sort of combo shit would be great!

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  6. First, all of your articles are fantastic, great writing. I found Infinite to be one of the most thought provoking games in a while. My one question is this, when Elizabeth kills daisy, you find a voxophone on finks body that is Booker dying. Daisy also stated that she saw him die. When did that happen, and could that be explored in dlc?

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    1. Hey sorry for not answering man, didn't realise you had commented! Thanks for your awesome feedback by the way! I know it's late to answer you but here we go:

      To be honest I'm not sure when revolution Booker dies, although it's certain that he does. Like I mentioned in the article, and like you pointed out yourself, exploring this on the DLC is one of the many things Irrational could do. I'd love to know what happened to be honest.

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  7. "But Most Of All; It Better Be Good, Got It, Irrational?"

    Nope. A semi-colon just does not belong there.

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    1. OK. I didn't ask your opinion on it but thanks for spell checking my article for me anyway.

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  8. Hello and let me just say thank you for clearing up the ending for me!! I was very, very confused when I finished the game, and you explained it very well. My question now is could you explain the dlc now? It's been out for a while now... I don't have any intention of buying it I'm just curious to see how the rest of the story plays out. Thanks!

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