Think BioShock Infinite was too easy, even with 1999 Mode? Irrational Games has heard your cries, and today, they announce 1998 Mode, a new difficulty level to be released for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2.
Inspired by Infinite's hardcore-level difficulty, known as "1999 Mode," the just announced 1998 Mode is unique to the Elizabeth-centric DLC coming in March. In it, players must use non-lethal weapons, which should be plenty interesting given the whole stealthy, slightly horror-inspired style of Burial at Sea - Episode 2. Of course, 1999 Mode is still there, in case you're adamant about torturing yourself.
Regarding the decision to make a 1998 Mode for Burial at Sea, Ken Levine explained how "cool" a non-lethal mode would be.
“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.”
Honestly? It sounds pretty fitting for DLC revolving around a civilian character. Hell, the non-lethal option might have been nice to try out in BioShock Infinite, too. Either way, Burial at Sea - Episode 2 cannot get here soon enough. Expect its arrival on March 25.
Return to Rapture in the previously-released non-gameplay preview.