Batman Arkham Knight Dev Responds to DLC Pass Criticism, Reveals Playable Batgirl

Warner Bros. sheds some light on $40 Season Pass.

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Last week Warner Bros. and Rocksteady Studios announced that Batman: Arkham Knight will get a $40 Season Pass, which some fans thought was too expensive considering the little information the developer and publisher revealed about what it will include. Last night, Warner Bros. responded to the criticism, and also revealed that the game will include an extra mission that will let you play as Batgirl.

"We’ve heard from our community that you want more information on what we’ll be delivering in the Season Pass," Warner Bros. said in a post to the game's Facebook page. "While we aren’t ready to unveil every aspect of the content we’ll be developing, we would like to share more detail now to give you a better sense of the scope of the Season Pass."

Here are the new details Warner Bros. revealed about what the Season Pass will include:

  • Batgirl: A Matter of Family -- An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series - check out the first render of Batgirl.
  • The Season of Infamy -- Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.
  • Gotham City Stories -- Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks -- Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.
  • Crimefighter Challenge Maps -- Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.
  • Character Skins -- A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

Originally scheduled to launch in 2014, the new Arkham Knight release date is June 23 for Xbox One,PlayStation 4, and PC. Earlier this week, Rocksteady released a thrilling new trailer for the game that also confirmed it will have a Grand Theft Auto V-style character switch mechanic.

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Lumina

Yeah sure, keep bedwetting about your $40 - so long!

But if ANYONE here HAS THE RIGHT to complain about being Batman: Arkham Knight's "Season Pass" being a complete ripoff, it is the europeans, as WE pay almost 10 "Cha-Chings" EXTRA upon your sort of $40!

Take the PSN Store in Switzerland for example, (that's where i live, so it's self-tested) the "Season Pass" has a Price-tag of 48.90 there, in the US you get a Full-Game for that!

So are you still in need to complain about your $39.99, while the People in Europe even have to pay more for getting the same things as you do, though you're getting them for about 10 Bucks less ???

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Wrathesoul

Just like mkx season pass price WB perfectly preforms a GREEDALITY on gamers.

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TightNinja

Where's co-op?

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messu22

What a great way of driving potential customers away! Good job WB!

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CrepingDeath

I'm gonna get the Game of the Year Edition in 6 months aka The Piratebay Skidrow Edition that has the game and all of the DLC.

And it will be free.

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hypgnosis

Oh ****, I forgot Gamespot is some Victorian antiquated site that faints at swearing.

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hypgnosis

Warner Bros. - We really got away with the Shadow of Mordor and Mortal Kombat season pass prices. **** it, let's make it $40, will pad it out with costumes and shit.

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pidow

$40.00 DLC, is something I will not be buying, I'll stick to the main game....why $40, why not put that content into the "GAME" instead????????????

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spikepigeo

It's funny, I've received every Arkham game to this point (other than origins) free with a graphics card.

Too bad the DLC doesn't come with that deal, but I guess I can't complain since I didn't pay anything for this seemingly stripped down, fragmented DLC-fest.

If I can ignore all of the missing content and just focus on the main game Rocksteady made, I'm sure it will be a great experience.

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SauIGoodman

Cool, now I'm going to pirate the game, and I'll get all the on-disc DLC for free. When will devs learn?

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abehpfan

@sauigoodman: Excuses for being a thieving cheapskate. Hope you get caught. ;)

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CrepingDeath

@abehpfan@sauigoodman:

Yeah he will get aught alright


and you know what will happen?

He'll get a warning from his provider.

A WARNING.

No jail time, No cops, no FBI,

NOTHING.

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chipface-z

@abehpfan@sauigoodman: I wonder what the devs have up their sleeve to mess with pirates this time.

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B1ACKWARRIOR

Play as batgirl, the bat family, in-game skins and tracks, de facto gameplay after you beat the main game, someone other than batman gets screen and development time, more villains will be added to the literal shit ton they already have, and people are upset that it is not cheaper? this is for next gen games, which is a relatively new thing and probably cost a lot more to make now, and they are giving you a lot more content than they did for Arkham City. This is gamer entitlement, and nothing else. If you really have a problem, the only thing I can say is don't buy it, or only buy as much as you feel is worth the money. Let everyone else enjoy their content.

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Downloadpilot

LOL, I'm finna wait for the Game of the Year edition and save me about $100--same thing I did with Arkham City

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QUREBEL

The dlc for this game looks like alot of content ppl need to stop bitching city dlc came up to like 42 bucks and was way less stuff. If you cant afford it thats crazy unless you're a kid who is too young to work or family man with lots of expenses for eveyone else thats less then going out for one friday night plus ya don't even have to get it right away im definitely not until i beat the game at least twice

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messu22

@QUREBEL: Let me get this straight. By your logic, if you work and the price of a game you want is below your income, then you should buy it no matter what. So, if you get paid $1000, you could spend as much as $999.99 for a game (or part of it).
Take note, AAA game developers!

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QUREBEL

@messu22@QUREBEL: That makes no sense. What I said is if you cant afford it its crazy because thats not even that much if you count all the content. So many games come out with dlc thats more than this wether its separately or bundled as season passes. Mass effect 3 dlc cost 35 bucks if ya pre ordere ya got javik if you didn't thats 45 for all story dlcs not including guns and character skins yet no one complained. The reason being they didn't share their dlc plans until after the game came out but still had those plans before it was finished.

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JermaineDotson

@QUREBEL: People like you are the reason we have day one dlc.

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THE_KILLIONAIR

@jermainedotson@QUREBEL: Sad, but true.

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QUREBEL

Whats crazy is that all of arkham city dlc purchased separately(city didn't have a season pass back then passes were kinda new) costs about 42 bucks all together. Catwoman 9.99 harley quinn 9.99 robin and night wing challenge maps 6.99 each and another map pack 2.99 plus 4.99 for skins. Yet nobody complained because they didn't tell us from the start what we were getting and if you think Rocksteady and wb didn't have those dlcs planned thats crazy because every developer plans for future content towards the end of development. The only reason people are going nuts is because they told us alot of details prematurely so they think all the dlc is done which its not. Probably like 30-40% but keep in mind the game was supposed to come out 10/14 so what else could they have been doing for 8 months?

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knyght1008

I was looking forward to this game and it looks really good, but not $100 worthy for the full package. I will wait for the Ultimate Hyper Turbo Definitive Alpha EX Ultra Director's Cut Platinum Game of the Year Edition for $20 in the bargain bin.

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Revl8n

Pass. Wake me for the $40 platinum edition. Maybe I'll work it in.

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Ludakriss

:D the beautiful part is "we won't tell you ALL the details...". You know...like when you buy a house and they're still in the midst of building it, but parameters, measurements or plans aren't told to you.


Or, your food, but with only "some" ingredients listed :D

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edgystrife

Nothing but Gamer entitlement on this thread

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gotyourzergs

@edgystrife: nothing wrong with being a conscious consumer, refusing to let a company gouge you, and explaining to them what they're doing wrong so they have the option to be more reasonable the next time around

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ceaseless

@edgystrife: Shame isn't it? Especially this comment below from @thetruth12 haha. It's so huge I can't even read it. You just know that they are angry for some reason. They don't understand that a lot of these companies, including lots of veteran companies have high costs when making these games. Gamers want their large worlds, detailed graphics, and 1080p/60fps, and their Gamestop, but don't understand that unless you're a specific company that has guaranteed sales in an area, these companies will continue to suffer and eventually go bankrupt. Ahh well, at least we'll still be able to play the new 8-bit resurrections and mobile games!

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DrakesInception

@ceaseless Ah yes, poor multi-million dollar corporations. I just feel for them, ya know? Im sad that these CEOs can't buy their third island....really bums me out. I mean shit... the average person working multiple jobs just trying to pay bills and get by needs to fork over that extra $40 for a few extra hours of content. Because if they don't, Rocksteady will be totally fucked right? Like they will completely go bankrupt if we don't fork over the cash. Give me a fuckin break dude lol

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veemonro

@ceaseless@edgystrife: maybe your mommy gives you 60euros, but for the rest of us who have to work for it, yeah we kinda want a return for our buck.
And just like a costumer who gets to voice his opinions on a restaurants facebook, so to some of us get to complain on video game forums about greedy business practices

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TheTruth12

...................NO EXCUSS THIS CONTENT IS HELD BACK FROM THE LAUNCH JUST SO EVERYONE BUYS THE RIDICULASILY EXPENSIVE DLC NOTHING BUT A SCAM NEVER EXPECTED THIS FROM ROCKSTEADY THIS A SECOND GAME NOT A SEASON PASS WHAT THE HELL IS THIS I SO MUCH SALT AND SCAM I SMELL EA IN THIS THE GAME LOOKS GREAT BUT WHATS UP WITH THE EA STYLE DLCS THIS IS A FINANCIALLY STUPID FOR A GAMER TO GO GRAB SEASON PASS

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kmetek1975

wake me when it's 15$.

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Mogan

@kmetek1975: Set your alarm for Steam Holiday Sale 2016.

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RexPowerColt

After WB lost my farking Mortal Kombat X profile with 10+ hours of gameplay and and unlocks last week due to a corruption issue and neither Sony or WB would do anything about it, I traded in my Mortal Kombat X PS4 copy for credit for Witcher 3 reservation. Fark you WB and your buggy ass games and ass reaming DLC prices

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Gencic

This game will be on HumbleBundle. I can wait (and save my money)...

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Mogan

@Gencic: Were the other Arkham games in Humble Bundles? I seem to remember City being in one, but now I'm not sure.

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yoda101280

Heh, there's nothing they can say that would convince me that this pass isn't overpriced. If the years of development for the full game is profitable at $59.99 then you can't tell me any DLC packs are going to be worth $40, which is almost what the base game costs. From what they listed here most of that stuff is just different skins. This is not a complaint mind you they can charge whatever they want I just won't be buying it I just dislike when they try to spin this crap like it's a positive thing just do your cash grab and shut up don't try to justify it.

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UNDERXgames

So I am usually the first to complain about this kind of stuff! But I think if I have the money I'm just going to get it! LOL This game and BATGIRL is just to damn awesome uggghhhhh You have me by the BALLS Rocksteady!

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Mogan

@underxgames: Can't you just buy Batgirl when she comes out, and spend less money?

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UNDERXgames

@Mogan@underxgames: Ill try... Damm them!! :|

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Mogan

@underxgames@Mogan: Be strong! And remember, you wont get Batgirl any sooner if you pre-order her DLC now or buy it when it's out.

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pcgrief

Free game if you buy a broke ass maxwell GPU

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pcgrief

40$ extra for a female version of batman nice. needs a mod to give batman some boobs. I am sure she will feel and play just like batman. #dlcfree