Irrational boss Ken Levine has shared a few details about how Elizabeth will play in Bioshock Infinite‘s upcoming DLC Burial at Sea, promising that she won’t just be “Booker in a dress.”
Burial at Sea sees Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture on New Year’s Eve 1958, the night which the bomb exploded. The DLC will be split into two parts, the first sees you playing as Booker and the second as Elizabeth. Levine explained to IGN that Elizabeth’s campaign leans “more towards a survival horror game.”
Level designer Amanda Jeffrey added, “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 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,” Jeffrey continued. “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!'”
Burial at Sea will be priced at 1200 Microsoft Points and should be out by the end of the year.