Bioshock Infinite: Industrial Revolution Pack puts you down running

Posted by CB Droege

Bioshock Infinite is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing first-person adventure games in memory.

The lore, the new mechanics, the experienced writing and development teams; it’s all coming to gether to make this one of the most anticipated titles of the year, and, just in case you still weren’t sure if you wanted to preorder it, the Industrial Revolution Pack makes it that much sweeter.

The pre-order only package will arrive with, in addition to the game itself:

  • Sugar Rush speed boost gear.
  • Fleet Feet evasion boost gear.
  • Handyman Nemesis increased damage gear.
  • 500 Silver Eagles (currency).
  • 5 lock picks.
  • Industrial Revolution puzzle game.

The first five items are in-game upgrades. Gear is this game’s equivalent of the plasmids from the previous Bioshock titles, tools that allow the character to wield powerful magic-like abilities or enhancements to existing abilities. Likely these will be early-game upgrades which will become somewhat less useful at around the mid-point of the story, as is common with these sort of bonuses.

The money and lock picks are hard to gauge the value for, as there is no way to know how common those will be in the game. In previous titles, each enemy would drop between $5-$15 and treasure troves would sometimes contain as much as $50. If this game’s economy is similar, that’s a nice early boost.

To get at the gear, however, you have to first play through the sixth item on the list, the real gem of the pre-order pack: Industrial Revolution. This is an in-canon puzzle game, played outside of the game, and which becomes available to players as soon as they preorder. Not only will the highly stylized game make available the above boosters, it will show players a part of what was going on in Columbia before their character arrives, detailing the revolution as it began 12 years prior.

This great new trailer details how the boosters can be used, and showcases some pretty sweet and new in-game footage.

Bioshock Infinite will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows on March 26, 2013. You have to pre-order the game to get the bonus stuff, which has previously been announced to also include a copy of Mind in Revolt if you pre-order on Amazon specifically. It is also available for pre-order over on Steam.