Irrational Games Announces 1999 Mode in BioShock Infinite

2K Games announced today that Irrational Game’s BioShock Infinite will feature a mode called 1999 Mode. This mode will have permanent consequences for the choices players will make. There will be many different challenges that will be tailor-made for hardcore gamers. This new mode is said to include various tweaks and features that isn’t found in a standard play-through of BioShock Infinite, regardless of the the difficulty level chosen.

“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.”

The 1999 mode is also said to feature demanding weapon, power, and health management. Looks like it’s going to be a bad idea to go trigger happy when I get my hand on this. In 1999 mode gamers will be taken directly to a ‘Game Over’ screen if they lack the resources to respawn. From what we’ve been told, this new mode will be quite unforgiving, so fair warning to all you casual gamers out there.

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