One of the most frequently asked questions we got since Bastion's release this summer is, will there be any DLC for the game? We've brushed it aside, stating that we designed Bastion to be a complete, stand-alone experience and would never seek to extend the story through DLC. All this is true.
HOWEVER! In the weeks following the release of the game, we decided to put a little something together for the holidays as a show of thanks to our fans. So, on December 14, we'll be pleased to bring you the Stranger's Dream DLC for Bastion, which should give you some good reasons to come back to the game while preserving the core experience just as we intended. Here's a sneak peek:The Stranger’s Dream DLC includes:
· The Stranger's Dream: a new fully narrated Who Knows Where sequence, bigger and tougher than the others. You'll gain a bit more insight into Rucks' backstory as well as the history of Caelondia if you can survive this fight.
· Score Attack Mode: a challenging new way to play through the story! You start at level one with all Spirits and Idols unlocked. Your combat performance is rated for efficiency, and all areas are repeatable.
· No-Sweat Mode: for those who just want to experience the story of Bastion, this mode provides unlimited chances to carry on from where you left off if you’re defeated in battle.
The Steam and XBLA versions of the game will also contain new Leaderboards for the Stranger's Dream and Score Attack Mode.
To access the Stranger's Dream sequence as well as Score Attack Mode, you need to have finished the game at least once. The Stranger's Dream sequence will be available early on in your New Game Plus or Score Attack play-through.
How to Get the Stranger's Dream DLC Steam Users: You’ll receive this free update automatically through Steam when it becomes available.
Xbox LIVE Arcade Users: Start the game on December 14 or later to be prompted to download our new Title Update. You’ll see an option to download the new content from the main menu once you have the Title Update, which also fixes various minor issues in the game.
The Stranger’s Dream DLC will be available for 80 Microsoft Points ($1) on XBLA, which we can't make free due to Microsoft policy, so it's about as close as we could get. Though, since you’ll be getting a good chunk of new content, we think you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.
Non-Steam PC Users: We'll be working with the various online vendors to update their versions of the Bastion installer so that you can download the latest version containing the update.
Google Chrome Users: Our newly-announced Google Chrome version will be getting this DLC as well, in the coming weeks. Your version of the game should update automatically when the DLC becomes available.
We hope you enjoy this little encore in the Bastion universe! Thanks again for making 2011 an amazing year for us at Supergiant Games, and here's to many more!