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Season Passes & DLC – Do They Need To Be Stopped?

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  1. Murr_GSRR says:

    The one thing that Nintendo is surprisingly ahead of everyone else at this generation so far. Their DLC & ‘Season Passes’ have actually been fairly priced and actually offer content that’s value for money. As mentioned in a previous article the upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC / Season Pass adds 50% more content to the game. And Hyrule Warriors DLC is adding characters, weapons, maps, missions on a monthly basis.

    Of course this does raise the question of why not package it all into the game on launch?

    But other developers don’t do it either and are a lot more lazy with their content (looking at you WWE2k15… worst season pass ever)

  2. On the topic of the platform exclusive content in Destiny, my guess is Sony paid Activision (or Bungie) some coin to cover the cost of the development. By doing so, this keeps the cost of the DLC the same as the competitors console, yet provides increased value. Not that I agree with the process…

    As to the whole Season Pass concept, I’m not sure where I land on the matter. I appreciate an outfit looking to create a predictive revenue stream to cover the continued cost of development and support, but then isn’t that what a solid title should do in the first place? Create something that has people clamouring for more!

    1. willgsrr says:

      I know what you mean. I think my main issue is that somtimes it feels like they hold content back just for some DLC. Obviously I could be wrong.

      1. Completely agree with you here. Using Destiny as the example, Bungie has said as much. Sure the product isn’t finished, but the two DLC packs were already well into development with the data on the disc. Imagine if Bungie simply created a timed release for this content and supplemented it with DLC.

        And I failed to mention – no zombies mode means I don’t pick up COD:AW. Not sure I’m down with committing to the Season Pass for the sake of it.

        1. willgsrr says:

          I’ve been going back and forth between wanting COD:AW. The zombies thing is annoying. But I think I will still get the game. But not the season pass.

          1. If the cost of the title drops a bit – either for Black Friday or the holidays (Boxing Day up here in the Great White North should do it) – I might pick it up. I just don’t want to invest in something that I fire up for a few nights and then put back down.


          2. willgsrr says:

            I used to put many, many hours in to COD, but have given it a miss for a few years. But I feel like this one could get me back in to it. So would potentially be worthwhile.

  3. moe run says:

    I bought the bloody season pass. And i still got that ad popping up. Every f. Day!!! Leave me alone mofus

  4. Jules Lopez says:

    It would be ok if the pass was reasonably priced but I’ve just bought Advanced Warfare here in Australia @ $69 and the pass is another $65!! That’s pretty much buying two copies of the game! If it was say $30-$40 that’ be reasonable. BF4 and Hardline has done this too which is bad since I remember BF3 + Premium at release was around $80 total!

    1. Will_GSRR says:

      Yea I know what you mean, the prices are crazy. For Battlefield Hardline and season pass it was about £100. Needless to say, I passed on that one.

      1. Jules Lopez says:

        BF: Hardline was worse, $89 for the game and $69 for “Premium”. I was gonna get it at the same time as CoD: AW but the store wouldn’t price match it so I didn’t end up buying it, which ended up being a good thing anyways. Pretty sure I won’t be buying any more future CoD & BF titles because of this, plain-money-grabbingly-ridiculousness!!

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