Irrational Games Announces 1999 Mode in BioShock Infinite

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by in Games, News

Bioshock Infinite is possibly this years most anticipated game and so we are happy to get any news for it. This statement stood out the most for me in the press release, “Gamers face permanent consequences of their in-game decisions in unforgiving new mode.” That simply tweaks all my interest bones and looks like the 1999 mode is set to challenge us players in a variety of ways, each requiring substantial commitment and skill development.

1999 Mode is a way of playing designed for gamers who long for the days of games that demanded more of the player. It will include tweaks and features that BioShock fans will not experience in a standard play-through of BioShock Infinite, no matter the difficulty level.

“We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots,” said Ken Levine, Creative Director of Irrational Games. “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.

“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.”

In addition to these permanent decisions, 1999 Mode will feature demanding weapon, power, and health management. The mode also takes a much 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. It’s not for the faint of heart.

It sounds both interesting and challenging. I will be interesting to see if this takes off as I think alot of todays type of gamers want things to be easier, it’s the hardcore guys that want the challenge. What do you think?

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