Well, this is getting interesting.
By Alice Lynton on March 1, 2014 at 8:14 am
Irrational Games has announced that the second episode of BioShock Infinite’s Burial at Sea DLC will include a 1998 mode.
Like the 1999 mode found in the core game, Burial at Sea – Episode 2′s 1998 mode imposes certain restrictions, making the game feel more like the classic first-person games of the late 90′s than the accessible romps of today (whether you think that’s a good or bad thing is your business).
What makes this one special is that Episode 2 stars Elizabeth, whose range of non-lethal weapons and stealth approach make her perfect for a hardcore pacifist walkthrough.
“In Burial at Sea – Episode Two we put a focus on balance and stealth mechanics. As we were developing this new style of gameplay, we started to see people self-impose non-lethal playthrough’s. Given the fan reception of 1999 Mode, we thought it would be cool to give them another way to play Burial at Sea that challenged their mastery of stealth tools,” Irrational Games boss Ken Levine wrote.
There’s no mention of Eidos Montreal’s latest in there, of course, but given the timing and the promotional art, everyone’s calling it “Thief mode”. Since early critical rumblings haven’t been overly positive re actual Thief, this might be the old school stealth experience you’re looking for – after all, Levine was one of the key designers on Thief: The Dark Project.
Burial at Sea – Episode 2 drops at the end of
next this month. As you may recall, it’s the last release from Irrational Games as we knew it, as the studio is disbanding.
Source: Irrational Games