Over the past few months I’ve began to notice the sudden influx of a certain phrase when it comes to video games and their DLC and that phrase is the Season Pass. Players that buy a Season Pass are essentially pre-ordering and pre-paying for all of the DLC that a game plans on releasing over it’s lifespan. Now, lets not get off on the wrong foot here, I don’t have a problem with Season Passes, they’re a good idea, but do we really need them?
Way back when I started really getting into Xbox games and playing online, the idea of DLC was a fairly new concept, but it was one that everyone embraced. Not only that it was a surprise to get DLC and when it was rumoured for games like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare people went mad for it. Something I’ve noticed recently though is that games are now coming with DLC announcements right off the bat. Take the latest Call of Duty game, we already know that we’re to expect four DLC map packs. Where’s the fun in that?
So back to my main point. The Season Pass. If you buy a season pass (usually priced at around £30-35) you’re automatically entitled to all of the DLC that’ll be coming with the game along with a few bonuses such as an extra ‘exclusive’ item, game type, or map. Obviously you don’t know what DLC will be coming your way so you’re essentially going in blind hoping for something awesome (and in most cases you’re right) but that also takes away the choice.
Lets take the previous Black Ops game for example, I didn’t buy every map pack because not all of them appealed to me, and I don’t regret that choice. And that’s really my point. Buying a Season Pass removes the ability to choose if you want to get DLC or not. Lets say you’re not a fan of Call of Duty Zombies, but they release two DLC map packs that just contain Zombies mode maps, you’ll be really disappointed that you’ve just spend £35 on a season pass that you could have just spent around £20 on the two DLC packs you actually wanted.
Like I said before, I don’t dislike the idea of the season pass, but personally I’d rather have the choice and pay that extra £5 overall and spend £10 per pack. Okay, I miss out on some exclusive content, but I don’t mind.
What are your thoughts on DLC Season Passes?