After previously brushing aside questions regarding DLC, Bastion developer Supergiant Games has revealed plans to release fresh content for the game later this week.
"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," it wrote on its blog.
"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."
The DLC features:
- The Stranger's Dream: a new fully narrated Who Knows Where sequence, bigger and more challenging 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.
There will also be new leaderboards for the Stranger's Dream and Score Attack modes in the Steam and XBLA versions of the game.
Steam users will receive the new DLC as part of a completely free update when it's available. Xbox users will be prompted to download a title update, and once done so, players will have the option to purchase the DLC from the main menu.
"The Stranger's Dream DLC will be available for 80 Microsoft Points [£0.69] on XBLA, which we can't make free due to Microsoft policy, so it's about as close as we could get," explained the developer.
"Though, since you'll be getting a good chunk of new content, we think you'll be satisfied with your purchase."
Supergiant Games is also working with various online vendors to update their versions of the Bastion installer.
The developer concluded on its blog: "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!"