Irrational level designer Amanda Jeffrey has been talking about Bioshock Infinite’s upcoming Rapture-set DLC this week, and how the development team have been working to make sections played as Elizabeth not just “Booker in a dress”.
Talking to IGN, Jeffrey said: “”Elizabeth has to take things more from the side view. 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, because she doesn’t need to. It may mean, in another situation, using the enemy’s strength against them.
“There’s all of these different kinds of ways of being more thoughtful, and – I hesitate to say it – almost more feminine way of approaching a problem, where there’s all of these people and, to be very brutally honest about it, they have the advantage in strength. But Elizabeth has the advantage in smarts.”
The Elizabeth in Burial at Sea – whilst not necessarily the Elizabeth from our time in Infinite – is aware of what happened to Booker and Comstock in the main game, and as a result of that is able to fully make use of tears. Quite how that will affect the game hasn’t been fully worked out yet, but it seems an almost definate that our time with Elizabeth will feature some reality-bending tricks. “There are some things that she can change, and some things that just won’t make a difference if she changes them or not. So she’s not entirely godlike in her abilities” explained Jeffrey.
We don’t have any dates for Burial at Sea, but we do know that it will come in two parts between now and March 2014.