Fans of the critically acclaimed and almost universally adored Batman: Arkham City have been patiently awaiting the release of Batman: Arkham Knight, as its been four years since the last proper, Rocksteady-developed entry in the series. Thankfully, after a number of delays, the game is finally nearing its launch date.
Unfortunately, WB Games stirred up some bad press for the highly anticipated title recently with the announcement of its Season Pass. Many fans were annoyed by the Season Pass, which will cost $40 (over half the price of the $60 game), especially since there wasn't anything substantial revealed about what it may include.
Asking people to drop that much money and having no real idea what they're spending that cash on did not go well with fans. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has realized their error, and are now offering a little more info on what fans can expect from the DLC to be included in Batman: Arkham Knight's $40 season pass.
First of all, there will be at least three different story expansions released within the first six months after the game launches. The first expansion is called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, which will be set before the events of the main game, and take place in an entirely new location not featured in Batman: Arkham Knight. This add-on marks the first time that players have been able to control Batgirl in any capacity in the Arkham games.
The second story expansion is called The Season of Infamy, and this add-on will star the Caped Crusader himself in a new adventure. This particular expansion will revolve around a group of "legendary super-villains" invading Gotham. Besides the new missions that will be added to tell this new story arc, players can also expect The Season of Infamy to bring brand new gameplay mechanics to the table as well, though what those gameplay mechanics are exactly have yet to be revealed.
Gotham City Stories is the third and final story add-on that will be included in the Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight. Gotham City Stories is said to center around "Batman's key allies", which will likely mean Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin, as they are the other "playable" characters in the game. Gotham City Stories will take place simultaneously during and after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight.
Besides story add-ons, other content is being added as well in the Season Pass. Fans can look forward to themed race tracks and Batmobiles based on Batman properties throughout the 75-year existence of the character. The different Batmobiles will be available on all of the race tracks, so presumably players will be able to take the Tumbler from the Nolan-era Batman and take it on a track modeled after the infamously corny '60s Adam West TV series.
In addition to the previously discussed content, the season pass will also gift players with new Crimefighter Challenge maps. Challenge maps have been a staple of the series since the beginning, and the news challenge maps will be playable by Batman as well as the other playable characters.
And finally, the Season Pass will include a variety of character skins for Batman, Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin, based on their many different appearances over the 75-year history of Batman. If past Arkham games are any indication, skins based on the popular Batman: The Animated Series cartoon are likely, as well as skins representing the many looks spread out over the comic book eras.
Another piece of DLC is on the way for Batman: Arkham Knight that is not included in the Season Pass. Fans that decide to pre-order the game will receive an added expansion that features Harley Quinn as a playable character, serving as a prequel to the events of the base game.
Furthermore, those that decide to pre-order from GameStop will also receive the Red Hood story pack. Currently, it is unknown if the Harley Quinn DLC or the Red Hood DLC will be made available for purchase later on for those that don't pre-order, but it is almost a guarantee that they will be at some point.
It's not actually possible to gain access to all of the DLC content with just one copy of the game due to the various retailer pre-order bonuses, but the best bet is to pre-order from GameStop, and for a PS4 system, because there will be some exclusive DLC for PlayStation 4. The PlayStation exclusive DLC includes special Scarecrow missions, a new Batmobile skin, and alternate costumes for Batman himself. Luckily for those playing on PC or Xbox, the PlayStation exclusive DLC is only a timed exclusive, so that content will be available for everyone eventually.
Another factor to take into account when purchasing Batman: Arkham Knight is the fact that there are two collector's editions for the game available as well. The first is the Limited Edition, which features a statue of Batman along with other goodies, for $99.99. The second is the Batmobile Edition, which will set fans back $199.99. This version of the game comes with all the content of the Limited Edition, but replaces the Batman statue with a gorgeous, transformable Batmobile statue. It is possible that these versions of the game will include the season pass, which would significantly increase their value.
Warner Bros. rubbed some fans the wrong way by asking such a high price for a Season Pass without giving hard details, but hopefully this reveal will smooth things over. The Season Pass appears to be quite meaty and honestly worth the high price of admission, as it is adding three new storylines, new Batmobiles, additional challenge maps, and alternative character skins to boot.
Batman: Arkham Knight is releasing for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on June 23rd, with Mac and Linux versions due later in the year.
Source: Warner Bros.