If it was at all unclear before, Sony’s presentation at E3 2014 should have made everyone aware that the company is putting a major emphasis on early access and exclusive content for the PlayStation consoles. Disney Infinity and Destiny are only two of the many multi-platform games that will reward PS3 and PS4 owners will a little bit of extra content for playing on a Sony machine at launch. During E3, Sony confirmed that the next chapter in Rocksteady’s Batman franchise would also have some exclusive content for PS4 owners and the first details on that content are now available.
A brief snyopsis of the PS4 exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight has been posted on the PlayStation website. In typical Scarecrow fashion, the villain will unleash a crazy amount of trippy drugs on the citizens of Gotham and leave a mess of hallucinating masses for Batman to fight through in order to bring down Dr. Jonathan Crane.
Here’s the official description from PlayStation:
“Gotham falls victim to Scarecrow’s fear toxin, transforming the famous city into a twisted, hellish nightmare in the Batman: Arkham Knight Scarecrow Nightmare Pack… Tear through the city in the all-new batmobile and face off against a towering vision of Scarecrow and his undead army as they spread terror on the streets, available exclusively on PlayStation 4.”
Missing out on the Scarecrow DLC may not be quite as disappointing for Xbox One and PC users as missing out on the Catwoman playable character was when Arkham City DLC content was announced, but it is likely that completionists who don’t own a PS4 will still be annoyed by the locked content. The length of the DLC wasn’t specified, so we’re interested to find out how substantial the content will be.
The announcement and description of the Scarecrow DLC didn’t suggest it was a timed-exclusivity, but it seems possible that the content will eventually find its way to the other platforms. Worst case scenario, Xbox One and PC users may have to wait for a Game of the Year edition to compile all the DLC into one package.
After an unexpected delay, Arkham Knight is now likely arriving in February, which should give shoppers who are interested in the PS4 content plenty of time to go out and pick up a new console if they haven’t already. Most of the exclusive PS4 content for multi-platform games announced so far has been purely aesthetic, but the addition of more DLC that actually adds extra playable content, like the Scarecrow Nightmare Pack, may be more of a selling point to some gamers.
Do you think PS4’s exclusive content is a real selling point for the new-gen console? Do you plan to pick up the DLC packs for Arkham Knight when they are released? Let us know in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2015, potentially on February 24.
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