The infamous 'Season Pass', allowing players to pay a one-time fee to get all the downloadable content (DLC) for a game, is making an unfortunate comeback in [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021). The newly announced season pass will grant Battlefront players four post-release expansion packs at an unknown release date, but will also come with other benefits. So why does this season pass have me throwing down my blaster in rage? I'm glad you asked.
It's hard to hate against the Battlefront season pass without actually knowing what content is planned for release. Heck, it could actually be awesome! We could see 'Clone Wars' era content being released to see players duke it out with those pesky droids. However, the possibilities of new content doesn't outweigh the exorbitant price gamers are expected to pay for the season pass.
Stand-alone, the price for the Battlefront season pass sits at $50. This means that gamers would have to pay around $120 for the game plus the season pass. And EA doesn't make your choices any cheaper. The only bundle that contains the season pass as well as the game is the 'Ultimate Edition'. This comes with all the bonuses in the 'Deluxe Edition', but with the addition of the season pass, for the cost saving price of $120. No, you read that right - it's still $120! Season pass holders will get some benefits for their $50 purchase. Along with getting the four expansion packs, they will also get "two-week early access to each expansion and an exclusive "Shoot First" emote." Is this really worth it? So far, I think it's a trap!
Despite my qualms about the pricing, I'm still looking forward to seeing what content DICE releases for Star Wars: Battlefront. And for all my fellow Battlefront players out there, I'll see you on Hoth with my Han Solo blaster!
Star Wars: Battlefront is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17. You can pre-order the Standard Edition for $60, Deluxe Edition for $80, or Ultimate Edition for $120 for PC from Origin.