A few days ago, Warner Bros. Interactive revealed the details of the upcoming Arkham Knight season pass. There are two versions of the season pass that will be available: the regular season pass and the premium edition. The regular season pass will feature regular updates for six months after the initial release of the game. These updates will include new missions, additional super villains, alternate player skins, more skins for the Batmobile and additional drivable race tracks. The season price is currently listed to cost an additional $36.
The premium edition will feature the Arkham Knight game itself as well as the season pass. You can buy that bundle for roughly $97 if you’re purchasing it for your console or $75 for PC. Seeing as it will be about $60 when it comes out, it seems Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive are really trying to push the PC version of the game. If you buy it for your master race gaming system, you will save $22, and all that money adds up!
Is It Worth The Money?
Obviously, I can’t definitely say if this season pass is worth the coin or not since the game hasn’t been released yet, but I am going to go out on a limb and guess it’s not. At the same time, most people are going to buy it anyway, because that’s how we’ve been trained to treat video games nowadays. Games today with their DLC content and season passes are all moving more and more towards subscription-based models. This is because businesses want more monies and figure that if it works for Netflix, it should work for their games.
I never buy season passes ever, because I don’t believe in them, if a game isn’t complete when I buy it, it’s not a game, it’s a beta test, and people should pay me to play their beta, not the other way around. That’s why I have no problem being patient and just waiting for the “Game of the Year” or “Ultimate Edition” to be released, it costs far less than the subscriptions and you don’t even need to turn on your Internet.
That being said I can see the appeal of buying a season pass for Arkham Knight: new villains and missions could be very fun for someone who has beaten the game but wants to keep the adventure going. That’s totally fine, I understand that. The problem is that too often games like this are barely finished and purposefully leave open-ended storylines so that you feel compelled to keep throwing more cash in the hole. If these stories are deliberately castrated for DLC purposes, there is almost no reason to pay the extra money. Why? Just go on YouTube and watch a Let’s Play video that will show you everything you need to know. Heck, in the age of the Internet, it won’t be long before a gaming/comic book site will just straight up say what happens in the DLC.
I have never bought the DLCs for any of the recent Arkham games and still had a blast with them. I played the game so I could be Batman and face some of the more intriguing villains of Batman lore; I don’t need to shell out extra cash just to see Batman in a novelty skin. I may be biased, but this just doesn’t sound worth it to me.
PC users might have a better deal here because it’s just a small additional amount when you consider how much you are already paying for the game. Console users are getting the short end of the stick for sure, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles I suppose. Either way, the game is sure to be a solid installment in the franchise, so grab your cape and cowl this June because more Batman is coming your way!