I’ve been waiting for Batman: Arkham Knight for a long time. Every trailer gets me drooling. Each new game mechanic revealed makes me excited. Each (and every) delay resulted in me feeling sad for a mere moment, but eventually becoming hopeful for the game turning out to be all it can be.

But this week, Warner Brothers dropped a bomb about the game that left a more bitter taste in my mouth: a season pass is headed our way. In the gaming world today, season passes for games are hardly news. Any story “revealing” a season pass of content for a recent AAA release never truly pulls the rug out from under me.

This particular season pass for Arkham Knight is offering content for six months after the game is released in June and was originally named on Twitter to include “story missions, supervillians, and more.” WB added details afterwards regarding Batmobile skins, “advanced” challenge maps, alternate character skins, and new drivable race tracks. All for $40.

Yes, you read that right. $40, which translates to exactly 2/3, or 66% of the MSRP of the game’s $60 price tag. $40 – the price of a full, complete, and brand new 3DS or Vita game.

I’m not fighting new content being released for a game after it hits store shelves (mostly because it doesn’t seem to have a chance of slowing down any time soon). My problem with season passes similar to Arkham Knight’s is the feeling that they just do not reach their value. I realize that I am not being forced to spend a penny on a season pass anywhere or anytime. But as long as they stay profitable for companies, they will continue making them, which in my mind, will negatively influence the development of games in the long run. I gave WB and Rocksteady the benefit of the doubt every time Arkham Knight got delayed. Now content that very well could be included in the main game is being sold to me separately. I know it’s been debated a million and one times, but I miss the days of buying games and knowing what is on the disc is the entire and complete package (Though to be honest, the abundance of indie titles available to me on my consoles is doing that just fine).

I don’t like tying a game’s value to its length – but will the content included in the season pass really equate to 66% of the time that I spend in the main game? Will the skins, costumes, and side missions (whose length are entirely unknown at this point) be a better value of my money than anything else?

By simple logic, the $100 you now must spend to fully own Arkham Knight would mean WB is splitting the game into two: giving me 60% of the content on what should be the “full, main game”. Arkham Knight is not the only offender, but it’s the most recent one that will make me leave GameStop on June 23 feeling like I only got a portion of a purchase. Not even Batman himself can save me from feeling a little bitter at this situation.

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  • NL37

    Boogie 2988 said this in a video yesterday, that if we stop buying them, theyl stop selling.
    I might buy a skin or 2 but not 40 dollars that could go for another game (deus ex 🙂

    • GotNews4Ya

      If you need to save money in June for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.. then you might not want to buy it at a ll.

      • NL37

        Iv got enough thank you sir, please dont look down on me.

  • Kilo

    I have a solution, its crazy. Its brash, maybe even borderline insane. Just don’t buy the game. Stop wasting your energy, you were clearly interested in it and then WB took a giant dump on your hype. They won’t apologize, but find solace in the fact that you aren’t being forced to endorse this rubbish.

    • GotNews4Ya

      Or Purchase it Used. They get none of your money and you still get to play the game. Preferably get it used when all the DLC is discounted too.. but the big problem is.. What the hell are you going to play instead? I mean common.. this is one of the biggest games to hit this generation! I guess the Witcher 3 could do it.. if you don’t have tons of free time.. because If you do.. that might only last you 2 weeks.. and then that’s perfect timing for Batman.. so… Here’s to hoping my first attempt at solving the situations problem is true.. because if not.. I think we will have a lot of salty people.

      • If someone beats The Witcher 3 in two weeks and does the majority of things to do in that game, that’s crazy! Haha

        • Steve Wright

          Someone will speedrun the game and then someone like me will post an article saying The Witcher 3 can be completed in 7 hours and everyone will riot xD

    • The thing is Kilo, the game is still more than likely going to be amazing upon release. We aren’t mad about the season pass, and while the price is a bit much, it’s not even that we are super angry about. It’s the principle of the DLC/expansion/season pass. There was a time when games were released complete. Or if they did add DLC it was months later. It’s just frustrating as a gamer to know that a game is going to release DLC before release, because, it could have been on the launch disc. You’re right, we don’t have to buy it. And I normally don’t buy DLC. But it’s the principle. Developing a game is all about making money these days. They might sacrifice a little of the game’s value if they are going to make more money. That seems to be the case with all publishers/developers who release season passes and it’s just frustrating.

      • Kilo

        And I absolutely agree with the article, your views, all of it. My thought or solution, would be to just not buy it. I’m sure game will be fun, but I have hundreds of games in my backlog, TW3 is almost here, just so many games to play and so little time. I’d do well to just wait for the eventual GOTY edition with all of this on it. It is very frustrating, just vote with your wallet, the less WB makes off of it the better.

        • Yeah, I know what you mean. I’m going to put a lot of time in TW3 as well. Unfortunately, not everyone has the backlog you and I have. Regardless, it will probably sell well. As for the season pass sales, I guess we will see 🙂

          • Kilo

            I’m sure it will, but we have to fight for that change. I know not everyone has a backlog of that stature, on Steam sales I stock up, but if Gamers don’t vote with their wallets instead of their words it won’t change.

            • Steve Wright

              The thing is, it’s difficult to just wait for the GOTY edition for a lot of people. There are a lot of people out there who are die-hard Batman fans and love the games so they’ll have to get it on day one, but they’ll still be annoyed that a portion of the game has been taken away and we’ll be added on for a hefty price. For some, it’s not that easy to just step away and wait, but I do agree with your points.

  • GotNews4Ya

    What if Arkham Knight ends up being 80 hrs long? And the DLC ends up adding another 40 hrs? Would you feel bad then? I don’t think I would.. It would then be close to the Witcher 3’s expansions and story and value.. atleast that’s my opinion.. I doubt it will even remotely come close to that though.. and you are absolutely right.. It is becoming a scary trend..

    • The sad thing about it is that Arkham Knight won’t be nearly that long :(.

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    • Rishad

      If you guys are fed up with those dlcs please sign this petition and share it

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