December 10, 2011, 14:54

Bastion DLC ‘Stranger’s Dream’ Free On Steam And Chrome, 69p on XBLA

By Harry Bandell, Contributor

We aren’t done with SuperGiant Games’ superb indie title Bastion just yet, as the studio has announced that ‘Stranger’s Dream’ will be released on the 14th of December for all versions of the game; Steam and Chrome users (I’ll come back to that) will be getting the DLC for free, with 360 users having to fork out a whole 80 Microsoft Points – or 69p in actual money terms – to get this add-on.

This is because of Microsoft have a policy which won’t allow SuperGiant Games to release the DLC for free; for those with copies on other platforms you’ll find that your versions will update automatically (people who bought Bastion through other means outside of Steam and Chrome on the PC may have to wait, as SuperGiant are getting in touch with these other distibutors to “update their versions of the Bastion installer”).

What does this DLC pack include? A fairly large amount considering its price – ‘Stranger’s Dream’ introduces two new game modes, Score Attack, and a new ‘Who Knows Where’ section which is “fully narrated” and will give you “a bit more insight into Rucks’ backstory as well as the history of Caelondia”. Score Attack starts you off with all Spirits and Idols unlocked but rates your efficiency in combat and allows you to replay sections (Steam and XBLA versions include a Leaderboard for this mode); No Sweat is essentially Bastion Lite, where if you die the game lets you carry on where you left off.

Coming back to the Chrome thing: you indeed read that right. Bastion is available to play within your web browser, with a free trial available on the Chrome store should you want to see how smooth your experience would be if you invest in the full version. From what I hear, the game runs really well in Chrome and bodes well for the future of browser gaming.

If you’re still not convinced Bastion is worth a look, be sure to give Dave’s review a look (hint: he liked it a lot).