Another day another season pass. That Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed have a season pass is hardly surprising news, but what is surprising is that said pass will set you back a whopping £32.99. Let’s keep in mind that when Arkham Knight launches you should be able to snap it up for somewhere around the £40-45 mark. That makes the season pass cost almost as much as the game itself. Indeed, there have been some places where you could pre-order Arkham Knight for £35. Amazon are currently listing it at £45
So what do you get for that? Well, according the press release the season pass will, “deliver regular new content for six months post-launch including new story missions, additional super-villains invading Gotham City, legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new drivable race tracks.” That’s…vague.
You could always opt for the Premium Edition instead, which will net you the main game and the season pass for £87.98 on console and £67.98 on PC.
Let’s think about this, for a second: firstly that means PC gamers, myself included, can snag the premium edition for £20 less than console owners, meaning Xbox One and PS4 players are getting ripped off by a large amount. But here’s far bigger problem: the main game plus the listed season pass would come to a grand total of around £78 if you paid a fairly typical price of £45 for Arkham Knight.Yet the Premium Edition, which has only been listed as containing the game and the season pass, is going to retail at £87.98. £10 more than if you just bought the season pass and game separately. The only way the Premium Edition’s price makes sense is if you do the maths with the full RRP for Arkham Knight included, which is £55. Except if we do that the Premium Edition becomes completely pointless, offering customers no discount for picking up the combined package.
Surely the Premium Edition would have made far more sense if it offered gamers a £10 or even £20 saving over buying the game and season pass individually? Perhaps there’s going to be something else contained within the Premium Edition, like bonus bonus maps and skins or something to make the price more worthwhile. But I don’t think so, as they would have announced it along with the Premium Edition itself.
Ah well, there’s always the inevitable complete edition for Christmas, right?