Downloadable Content (or DLC) is typical of modern video game releases, with developers now often releasing substantial new experiences within the same game months after it releases in stores. 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins contained a “season pass” giving access to all of the game’s future DLC, and now the next installment in the Batman: Arkham series will be doing the same.
Announced in a new press release (via Arkhamverse), WB Games and developer Rocksteady Studios have announced the Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass, which will be available for purchase when the game is released on June 23rd. According to the announcement, the pass will give access to, “a variety of brand new content including story missions, additional super-villains invading Gotham City, legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new drivable race tracks.” The release also detailed that DLC will be distributed for six months post-launch, providing new content through the remainder of 2015 after the game’s release.
Disconcerting, though, is the price. The season pass by itself will run for $39.99, a full 50% higher than the season pass for Arkham Origins, and almost approaching the ridiculous pricing of a typical Call of Duty season pass which retails for $50. Digital customers will have the option of pre-ordering the game as a standalone purchase for $59.99, or pre-ordering the “premium edition” — which will include the season pass — for $99.99. While two collector’s editions will be available for Arkham Knight, it’s not yet known if the season pass will be included either in the $99 “limited edition” or the $200 “Batmobile edition.” Most collector’s edition releases for video games generally include the season passes, but that detail wasn’t included in this announcement, and the collector’s edition for Arkham Origins also did not include the season pass for that game.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be rated M for Mature by the ESRB, and will be released on June 23rd, 2015. It’s expected to be the final Batman game created by Rocksteady Studios, developers of the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. For more on the game as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation, and check out the newest trailer below.
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