Our return to Rapture isn’t scheduled until next month, but that isn’t keeping Irrational Games from teasing more of the content we can expect from the significantly longer second episode in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea.
Whereas BioShock: Infinite had an unlockable “1999 mode,” inspired by Irrational’s survival horror game System Shock 2, Burial At Sea will come with a special “1998 Mode,” that’s inspired by Thief: The Dark Project. The mode will put an emphasis on stealth and strategy by forcing the player to dispose of their enemies using non-lethal methods.
“In Burial at Sea Episode Two we put a focus on balance and stealth mechanics,” said Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games. “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.”
They even came up with some Thief-inspired art, which you can see below.
BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode Two arrives on March 25.