- "I dreamed a computer that could think for itself. And using Rapture's technology, I made that dream reality, a machine that could actually think, reason for itself."
- ―Charles Milton Porter
- "The Thinker, the most helpful machine in Rapture!"
- ―Public Address Announcement
Minerva's Den is a singleplayer DLC for BioShock 2 and was released on August 31, 2010 for Xbox 360 (800 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation 3 ($9.99). This content pack is a self-contained narrative experience that puts players in the role of another Alpha Series Big Daddy in a previously unexplored section of Rapture. The DLC was officially released for the Windows platform on May 31, 2011.
The player has access to a new weapon (the Ion Laser), a new Plasmid (Gravity Well), and a new Gene Tonic (Master Protector, only if the player has completed the Protector Trials DLC). Minerva's Den also features new types of Splicers, such as the fiery Brute Splicer and the wintry Houdini Splicer, as well as new Splicer skins with unique personalities. A new type of Big Daddy, the Lancer, is capable of using the aforementioned Ion Laser. Security Bots in Minerva's Den have an expanded range of weaponry, and are outfitted with Grenade Launchers, Ion Lasers, and a lightning rod that allows the device to deal electrical attacks.
Instead of Power to the People stations, the player finds original and upgraded versions of weapons throughout the campaign. Upgraded Plasmids are also available in the beginning, provided the player has purchased the previous levels of Plasmids (one exception is a Level Two Incinerate! found in Climate Control). The Research Camera is also not present, instead the player may find certain Gene Tonics that come as a result of research scattered throughout the levels. ADAM Sea Slugs are also much more prevalent, appearing both in the ocean and inside jars located in various places. Sigma must break the jars to obtain the slugs inside them.
In Minerva's Den, players take on the role of Subject Sigma, an Alpha Series who regains consciousness in the Rapture Central Computing sector of Rapture while the events of BioShock 2 are taking place elsewhere. He teams up with Brigid Tenenbaum and Charles Milton Porter to combat Reed Wahl and his control on The Thinker, a gigantic supercomputer created by Porter which controls the automated systems of Rapture.
As the story progresses, it is revealed that Subject Sigma is the Alpha Series that Porter became after he was abducted by Andrew Ryan's secret police. The voice of Porter heard over the radio is actually The Thinker's personality duplication program, which ends after the truth is revealed. After The Thinker is dealt with, Porter and Tenenbaum return to the surface in a bathysphere.
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Although 2K Games had initially promised to release Minerva's Den for PC on the GFWL marketplace, the decision was later revoked as a result of "timing and technical issues." 2K apologized to the players, as they had promised that this content would be forthcoming to the Windows platform, and that if the situation changed, they would offer it in the future. 2K later explained that in trying to prepare patches with support for the additional content, they encountered bugs under specific circumstances that they felt would not be acceptable to the Microsoft certification process, and while they had tried to correct those bugs, they were unable to do so in a timely manner, leading to their decision to abandon the attempt. The announcement was met with heavy criticism from many players who felt that 2K Games took advantage of their "goodwill" in the promised game and DLC updates. In late October, 2K Games reversed their decision based on the players' responses, and have recommitted resources and support for the content pack on the Windows version. Minerva's Den was released on May 31, 2011.
- Minerva is the Roman name of Athena. Both are goddesses of wisdom, which seems to apply to Rapture Central Computing, which is in Minerva's Den (named as such to prevent it from being confused with Athena's Glory).
- Most of the Splicers encountered in Minerva's Den do not appear to have as many noticeable physical deformities as the ones encountered in the other BioShock games. Although, this may be because Minerva's Den is isolated from the majority of Rapture.