Batman: Arkham Origins season pass revealed

$20 offering features access to five upcoming downloadable content packs, including one story campaign.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Batman: Arkham Origins will be the latest AAA game to receive a season pass for downloadable content.

Players who purchase the $20 pass on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or PC will receive access to five upcoming downloadable content packs.

The Batman: Arkham Origins season pass includes the Gotham by Gaslight and Brightest Day Batman skins, as well as the New Millennium and Infinite Earths skins packs.

The pass also features Arkham Origins Initiation, a new mode where gamers will play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. This includes a "final test to prove himself worthy" in a battle against his teacher, Kirigi.

Lastly, the season pass for Batman: Arkham Origins includes an all-new story campaign. No details about this expansion were provided.

Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel to the main storyline, launches on October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are not in development.

Series creator Rocksteady Studios is reportedly working on an all-new stylized Batman game.

In Batman: Arkham Origins, gamers will play as a "young, unrefined" Batman as he faces pivotal moments in his early career. Players will meet many important figures in the Batman universe for the first time in Arkham Origins.

The game also includes a series-first multiplayer mode (which will not be supported on the Wii U), developed by Brink studio Splash Damage.

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Gargus
Gargus

So before it was just announcing DLC before the game came out. Now we have come to getting season passes announced before the game comes out.

That sinks it, Im buying this game used off ebay so I don't support them with my money.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

That Kirigi bit seems like something that should be included in a game about Batman's Origins. As a matter of fact, levels with Bruce Wayne in training would make a lot of sense in an Origins game. The game takes place two years after Bruce becomes Batman, so they could be flashback missions triggered by objects or events that get unlocked as you go through the story. Would have been cool (like in The Warriors by Rockstar). Oh well.

Pupchu
Pupchu

It's finally happend: Batman has become a crock... :P

jonesbar4
jonesbar4

Im not saying farewell to Kevin Conroy as batman, Im sure he will be back for another Arkham game(especially if Rocksteady does it). They used Roger Smith for a younger Batman and that logic doesn't apply for a sequel. Roger is good as Captain America but Conroy is better as Batman, Roger voice sounds too forced like Bale. Also Im not trying to be mean but i sincerely can't tell if Carolyn is a guy or girl, if its a guy named Carolyn the hair and earrings don't help.

deliman
deliman

I just LOVE season passes.  I can buy content that doesn't exist yet, which will be released for a game that isn't out yet.


I'm such a smart shopper!

Garm31
Garm31

I am gonna "PASS" this game for a least the next four "SEASON"s. Wait for a complete edition.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I don't normally have a huge issue with DLC releases, especially major content additions like, say, what we got with Borderlands 2 post-launch.  That was a season pass well worth purchasing, as each major content dump provided hours upon hours worth of gameplay (especially if you factor in playing through it as different characters).

The issue here isn't really the existence of a season pass so much as the apparent lack of a valid reason for it to exist.  I only see two actual gameplay additions here: the Initiation DLC (which I guess is essentially challenge maps and possibly a new character ala Robin/Nightwing from Arkham City) and one new story campaign (assumedly along the lines of Harley Quinn's Revenge for AC).  We have no indication of when those will be released or how many hours or additional features they'll add in terms of gameplay.  So a very, very large chunk of this "season pass" consists of nothing more than additional skins for Batman and Robin for use in New Game +, challenge maps, and multiplayer.  That doesn't provide any convincing reason to continue playing the game months after launch, which - for games that actually do season passes *right* - is one of the main draws of having a season pass in the first place.

themc_7
themc_7

hmm this isn't really a season pass. It's all the paid gimmicks in a bundle. I don't mind paying for map/story mission DLCs but this is 70% character skins. :(

RobDev
RobDev

paid DLC = evil. Paid expansion packs = a ok? would it make you feel better if they started calling them expansion packs again?

darknight20
darknight20

I think I'll pass on the season pass, I really couldn't care less about the DLC skins, it served more of a distraction in the game than anything else. If they want people to support DLC contents they need to do a lot better than coming up with bunch stupid skin pack.

dave70292
dave70292

The game for $20 damn thats a good deal!!

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I'll make sure to get the complete pack in 2 or 3 years then, thanks for the heads up info about the seasons pass nonsense.

theKSMM
theKSMM

The truth of the matter is that the cost of making a AAA title (especially one based on a licensed property) is skyrocketing such that the $60 price point doesn't provide the level of profit that these companies desire.  So they find ways to get each gamer to spend $80 to $100 on average.

Class_Act998675
Class_Act998675

Here's hoping that WB doesn't ruin the cover art for the GOTY/Complete edition. Just put "complete edition" under the damn title. No need to plaster a bunch of review scores on the cover art. 

The cover art for the GOTY Edition for Batman Arkham City is terrible. 

pound-u
pound-u

Yeah, I'm just going to wait for the inevitable game of the year edition.

grin89
grin89

i miss expansion packs

Ceclor
Ceclor

There IS something a little disturbing about a game company that announces selections and prices for DLC and the game in question is not even released yet.  The company may as well put up a flashing billboard that says "We want ALL of your money."

DLC should not be a mandatory thing.   Take Skyrim for instance.  Bethesda did not advertise about a bunch of DLC for the game before it was released.  They let the game stand for itself before announcing they would have some DLC for us. 

DLC should be a bonus.  A "Thank you" to your loyal player base who have already purchased the game.  It should not be something to entice people to get a game before it is released.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Looks like I'm going to GameStop again tomorrow, I was going just for fun anyway XD

codeman101360
codeman101360

I'm guessing this is where the Arkham games start going to shit.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Remember when you bought a game and actually got the WHOLE game. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

buckwild73
buckwild73

@deliman and only one story based dlc. the rest will be those tedious challenges

roman4545
roman4545

@Garm31 +1

exactly... when theres a season pass = mostly likely there is a complete edition coming near the future.

thegroveman
thegroveman

It's not an issue of whether or not DLC is "evil," it just kind of feels scummy now.  Mass Effect 3 is a great example of locking pivotal story beats and a Prothean character behind DLC.  This content is planned long before release: what is shipping with the retail product and what is held back to sell later.  ME3 created a Prothean character as fan service, but proceeded to sell it for $10 extra.  It's not really serving your biggest fans to bilk $10 extra day one because they'll want to get the whole story.  

There is an overdependence on maximizing that day one sale to the point where it's getting exploitative, and people are reacting by waiting for GotY editions.  I believe preorder bonuses and season passes are perpetuating bad consumer behavior, how long until another SimCity or Aliens: Colonial Marines causes serious consumer backlash that effects other games?

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@RobDev Could you refresh my memory when we ever had expansion packs that were regularly released for console games before this crap of the past 8-10 years or so? I must have missed something the past 37 years, and I don't want to feel left out.


PC Gaming is where the expansion packs were, and much of the time, it did add great value to the game.  Of course, during the 90's when THE COMMUNITY would make thousands of levels and maps for some of the greatest games ever made for FREE, that sometimes rivaled the actual game content of the original, that added alot more value than the expansion packs back then.

See that's what was "DLC" back in the Golden AGE.


Now it's a parasitic business model that far too many people fall for, defend, and make ridiculous apologist excuses for.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@theKSMM I think you're way over-estimating the number of gamers who buy DLC at all, let alone season passes.

roman4545
roman4545

@Class_Act998675hey at least Arkham City has a design art than the one art design of Bulletstorm.... remember one with the shoe print cover only ?

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Ceclor  There's nothing wrong with announcing DLC ahead of schedule. Like any other product. You promote it, you get the information out there.

It sure as hell beats waiting until after launch, and running the risk that much of your target audience has already traded in their game to GameStop.

Doesn't matter what your product is. Game. DLC. Car. Toaster oven. If you want to raise some interest in your product, you promote it. Give potential buyers time to think it over, and give them an abundance of information to entice them. Price. Release date. Availability. Etc, etc.

RobDev
RobDev

@Ceclor yet we all knew the DLC was coming, like it did for EVERY other Elder scrolls/Fallout PS3/xbox game.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@Martyr77 This sort of statement seems especially applicable in situations when things like skins - that were very obviously completed well before the game's release date, considering how many are available as preorder bonuses - are released as DLC instead of unlockable content within the game.

RobDev
RobDev

@Martyr77 you do get the whole game. this is just an announcement of a season pass, you know, a way to SAVE money if you want to get all of the DLC. If the Lc was ready day one you might have a point, but it's not.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Martyr77 Yeah man, I remember spending pretty much the same, in some cases more money (especially more when you account for inflation), on games that could often be finished in an hour.

I remember when games never got patched or updated. 

When, if you got stuck, you had to buy magazines full of advertisements. Wanted cheats? Buy more magazines. Be subjected to more ads. Buy more expensive 40-minute games.

Ever tried remembering that the average game released today, offers more content right out of the box than ever before? How about remembering that the cost of a retail game hasn't really gone; in some countries it has gone down - despite the cost of actually developing and marketing these games have exponentially grown?

Are you deliberately being ungrateful, or just forgetful? 

If you think gaming is expensive today, be grateful you weren't old enough to play games in the SNES and Genesis era.


ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Dude you stole my line! Lol (>_<)

RobDev
RobDev

@TheWatcher000 Were consoles ever in a position to have DLC before the latest consoles? I've been playing games for nearly 30 years. the current games are no differnet than the others. they are not shorter or of any less quality, now you can get DLC which in 90% of the time is released after the game comes out and you have a little whinge that they've cut game content when you don;t actually have a clue if they have or not. So they have announced it early, it makes good business sense to start working on iot while the full game is being prepared for sale. This DLC probably won't be out of months and the game will be perfectly playable with or without it. The PC modding community is still as fruitful as ever but as a console owner i'm glad that they now have expansion packs for some of my favourite games.

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

@TheWatcher000  

I can think of a couple of expansion packs for console games, but yeah, I'd prefer more expansion packs instead of short DLCs. Some DLCs can be good but most just aren't worth it in my opinion. 

pound-u
pound-u

@Lhomity @Martyr77 Seems to me it's you who is being forgetful. Games are not longer today. Yeah, games never got patched back then, since, you know, they never needed an actual patch.

One of the reasons games were more expensive was the format. They used cartridges, was more expensive than using CDs.

I suggest you actually gain some more understanding on inflation, because no, games aren't that cheaper today. In fact, games are more expensive today, especially if you want the complete experience, compared to the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era.

pound-u
pound-u

@Deadlysyns87 @Martyr77 Umm, no. Games are not really any longer today as they were back then. Many games released today are still short.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Final Fantasy games aren't short and they never shafted us with DLC except for these newer albeit not as good Final Fantasy games.

RobDev
RobDev

@TheWatcher000 yes, everyone who doesn't think like you is a sheep. You are too dumb to even understand on disk DLC. i.e. dlc on the disk that you need to PAY to unlock. that's bs. I'm not an apologist i just know that they have a team working on the core game. Then when thats winding down they start working on seperate DLC. This separate team COSTS MONEY. YOu don;t like DLC don't fucking buy it then. But try and tell me that skyrim is not a complete game without the DLC or that GTA 4 is not a complete game without the dlc and you will be talking bollocks. You whine because a company wants to use economies of scale to make more money, so that they can then use that money to MAKE MORE GAMES. You think they owe you something when they owe you nothing. I don't see how i pay $60 for an 80 hour game and then pay another $20 0r $30 for another 30 for 40 hours is me being ripped off. Some publishers do DLC bad but most do not. You wanna have a littel cry about it fine, but don't think for a second you speak for everybody.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@RobDev @TheWatcher000 So, wanting to get what we pay for, not wanting to be gouged and taken advantage of by unethical and parasitic business practices, and not enable things that are ruining the industry make us whiny and entitled.

How is on disk DLC BS?  You are getting the complete game for a lesser price than you would have if you bought it all separately.

You are nothing more than an apologist sheep who simply either doesn't understand the problem, or is too intellectually lazy to keep yourself from being taken advantage of by it.  

And if we don't want to be like you, we are whiny, entitled gamers.

Apes have better logic than you do, cupcake.

Your willful ignorance is only exceeded by your inability to defend it.

Congratulations Rob, on being part of the problem.

Now, go graze, like a good little sheep.

RobDev
RobDev

@TheWatcher000 I'm not apologising for anything. I'm just not a whiny entitled game that thinks the industry owes me something. On disk dlc is bs. DLC like the fallout games/elder scrolls etc I love. It extends the game for me. You want to wait for GOTY feel free. I'm not being nickeled and dimed. If i wnat it and it extends the gameplay for me i buy it. If i don't the game is not affected in any way. At least i now have the option which i didn;t have before. 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@RobDev @TheWatcher000 Did consoles ever have the need for DLC before what we have now?  I have been playing games longer than you have, since '76, and we can argue back and forth about the Quality, but your apologist arguments for DLC simply do not hold water.  You are rationalizing Anti-Consumer and parasitic business practices which ultimately cost us all more money, because too many people are enabling it.


As a gamer of 30 years, you are old enough and experienced enough to know better, and your attitude makes me sad.


thegroveman pretty much makes the same points that mirror my feelings about it, so i won't waste time adding repettion to it.


You keep enjoying getting nickled and dimed, I'll happily wait for GOTY Editions.  I have such a large backlog of stuff to play, the waiting won't kill me.

pound-u
pound-u

@Lhomity @pound-u @Martyr77 "When one questions another person's knowledge of a subject, its usually a good idea for one to actually have a knowledge of said subject one's self - so that one does not embarrass one's self."

Exactly. So why don't you take your own advice? You aren't as clever as you think your are, buddy. Once again, do some bloody research instead of taking everything at face value.

Not all of us live in Australia, Also, like I said, one of the reasons games was more expensive was because of cartridges. You saw the immediate price drop when PSX came along with CDs.

Again, yes, DLC kind of is part of the experience, no matter how your try to say otherwise. We aren't talking about stupid little costume packs here.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@pound-u @Lhomity @Martyr77Even short games by today's standards are 5-6 hours long. The games I played as a kid on NES, SNES, Master System, Mega Drive (Genesis) were often 1-2 hours long. Sure, there were a few lengthy games out there at the time, but the average game back then was short.

I recently sold most of my Sega console games on eBay, many with receipts still inside (something I do even today). AUD $129 for Sonic 2, Rocket Knight Adventures. $109 for Streets of Rage 2. $99 for Aladdin. Just to name a few. The average price of a current-gen game in Australia today is $89.95-99.95 (and that includes the 10% GST introduced in 2000.)

If you're interested in inflation, there are quite a few useful resources, and even a few calculators you can use. This one is based on US dollars.
http://www.davemanuel.com/inflation-calculator.php

For example, $50 in 2001 is worth $66.05 (USD) today.

This list of of Federal (US) minimum wage rates by year, since 1955, is also useful.
www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774473.html

There's a lot more information out there. I wish you luck in your quest for knowledge.

Most people can buy a game, play a game without even looking at a piece of DLC, and still get what you call a "complete experience". The DLC is what it is, and you don't actually need it to enjoy a game.

Feel free to attempt to prove that this content being sold as DLC would ever have been developed if they weren't specifically planning and developing DLC for their game.

Of course, it gets really interesting when you consider: had the technology, and the broadband infrastructure existed as far back as the early 90s, would DLC have been a thing on 16-bit consoles? Maybe even before that? Its not hard to imagine. DLC is a natural part of the evolution of gaming. 

In fact, Nintendo began exploring this as far back as 1988 with the Famicom Modem, though the content provided was quite simple, and this device wasn't a great success. Years later, it was Nintendo who brought us the e-Reader, which gave rise to booster packs with mini-games, and even small add-ons for Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. AUD$9.99 for a series of themed trainer battles and an Enigma berry. 


Small tip: When one questions another person's knowledge of a subject, its usually a good idea for one to actually have a knowledge of said subject one's self - so that one does not embarrass one's self.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@pound-u @Deadlysyns87 @Martyr77 yes however compare how difficult the games are now compared to back then and you have half your length of the game back then. I remember playing Star Tropics for days because it was hard as hell not because the actual game was long 

frylock1987
frylock1987

@ANUBISZER0 

Lies, You can beat FF7 in atleast a day, tops if you know the game well enough.