We've come to expect the usual slew of screenshots, trailers and pre-order bonuses in the lead up to big title releases. However, Irrational Games have announced a new mode that will appear in BioShock Infinite
, aimed at demanding the very best from gamers in order for them to succeed. The new game mode is much more than just 'Veteran', as seen in Call of Duty
; it drops in new features and tweaks that promises players they "will not experience in a standard play-through of BioShock Infinite, no matter the difficulty level".
Ken Levine, Creative Director of Irrational Games, detailed the purpose of the new mode:
We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots. In 1999 Mode, gamers face more of the permanent consequences of their gameplay decisions. In BioShock Infinite, gamers will have to sweat out the results of their actions. In addition, 1999 Mode will demand that players pick specializations, and focus on them.
Levine continued to say that inspiration had been drawn directly from surveys conducted with 'old school' gamers to determine how best the new mode could be implemented:
I’m an old school gamer. We wanted to make sure we were taking into account the play styles of gamers like me. So we went straight to the horse’s mouth by asking them, on our website, a series of questions about how they play our games. 94.6 percent of respondents indicated that upgrade choices enhanced their BioShock gameplay experience; however, 56.8 percent indicated that being required to make permanent decisions about their character would have made the game even better.
Let's not detract from the fact that the difficulty will be greatly
increased, however. There will be need for "demanding weapon, power, and health management" coupled with a "harder stand on player respawning, sending the gamer directly to a “Game Over” screen if he or she lacks the resources to be brought back to life". Put quite simply, Levine said it's "not for the faint of heart".
I can see the ratio on this one already....