After almost a full year of delays, Batman: Arkham Knight is finally just a week away. Gamers have been dying to start brawling in Batman’s final Rocksteady adventure for a long time and many have already paid for the game and ensured retailer exclusive DLC months ago. Players who are still unsure about where to purchase the Batman: Arkham Knight now have a new piece of intel to consider.
Although there is a lot to love about the Batman Arkham franchise, the series has been a terrible offender when it comes to retailer and console timed exclusive content. Most of the content eventually makes its way to all platforms as purchasable DLC, but gamers are left wondering if they picked the wrong platform during those first few months. Luckily, Rocksteady is letting players know how soon the timed-exclusive content will make its way to other platforms early this time around.
In a recent post on the game’s official forums, Rocksteady explained that all of the retailer exclusive content will be available to players who purchase the somewhat controversial season pass. As gamers might expect, that special content won’t arrive until later this summer due to contractual agreements…
“Throughout the 6 months of additional Batman: Arkham Knight content, Premium and Season Pass owners will receive all in-game content that is offered through various retail pre-order incentives. This includes the Harley Quinn and Red Hood Story Packs, as well as any Batmobile or Booster Pack that was available as early bonuses for pre-order of the game. For those who did not receive the content with their game, these items will become available when their respective exclusivity windows expire in August/September.”
“The tl;dr version of this is: Premium Edition & Season Pass owners will receive all retail exclusive DLC after their respective early access periods expire.”
The exclusivity expires in August and September, so gamers who are willing to wait two to three months will be able to throw on the exclusive skins and jump into the special missions without committing to a specific pre-order. Although it would be great to have the option to buy this content at launch, knowing it will be included in the season pass eventually is better than nothing.
Pre-order backlash in the gaming community grows stronger all the time, as consumers get frustrated by companies asking for money sometimes more than a full year before the game is available. Programs like Steam Early Access at least offer access to alpha and beta builds of the game’s that players are paying for ahead of time. In the case of Arkham Knight, which was plagued with delays, announcing pre-orders on $40 worth of DLC without even a product description caused quite a stir in the target audience. Hopefully this news helps keep the peace.
Do you think buying the season pass will be worth it? How important is the retailer exclusive DLC to you? Let us know in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Knight launches on June 19 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: WB Forums