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BioShock Infinite heads to Rapture in upcoming DLC

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The story of Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth, so far, has largely taken place high above the earth, in a floating city hidden amongst the clouds. For their next chapter, though, they're headed down to Rapture.

Irrational Games surprised fans Tuesday by announcing the release of new downloadable content for BioShock Infinite -- including a trip back to the same underwater city as the original BioShock-- after maintaining a virtual cone of silence since the critical hit's release.

Up first is BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds, which is available today on Xbox Live for $4.99. The game focuses on the sky-line battles that were so dominant in Infinite, but set in new areas of Columbia players didn't explore the first time around.

Beyond fighting new enemies, players can complete 60 "Blue Ribbon" challenges, which will unlock new Voxophones, Kinetoscopes and game concept art.

Fans are likely to be a bit more excited about today's other announcement, though. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is a two-part episodic add-on that puts Booker and Elizabeth in the original BioShock’s memorable Rapture. While no target date was given for either episode, Irrational did note that each will cost $15.

Fans can get all of the DLC for $20 by purchasing a "Season Pass" to the game, which is also available today.

MINOR SPOILER ALERT

This won't be the first time Booker and Elizabeth have visited Rapture. Towards the end of BioShock Infinite, the two briefly visit the city when Elizabeth opens a tear to take them there.

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Since its debut in March, BioShock Infinite has been the subject of nearly universal critical and commercial adulation. It's a shoo-in to be listed among this year's best games.

Players have been clamoring for additional content since its release, something the developers say they're happy to finally have available.

“We are really excited to offer our fans the content that they have been asking for,” said Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Games. “With Clash in the Clouds, people get a pure action experience that takes BioShock Infinite combat to its highest challenge and intensity level. With the Burial at Sea episodes, we are building a Rapture-based narrative experience that is almost entirely built from scratch.”

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