Rocksteady Studios detailed the Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Knight late Saturday evening on Facebook. The move came after Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC gamers, as well as the games media, complained about the price of the Season Pass. Does the opportunity to play as Batgirl and others in an expansion of the story help justify the cost?
The original Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass announcement promised content delivered over a six month period following the game’s launch for $39.99. Rocksteady didn’t go into detail and only listed “new story missions, additional super-villains invading Gotham City, legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new drivable race tracks.”
IGN’s Dan Stapleton called the Arkham Knight Season Pass “absurd” due to its “vaguely described DLC.” Meanwhile, sarcastic comments along the lines of, “Looks like I’ll just wait for the Game of the Year Edition” were common on social media and in gaming forums.
Rocksteady heard these complaints and responded with the details that possibly should have been included in the original Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass announcement. The opportunity to play an expansion as Batgirl is a first for the series and thus an exciting turn for the Season pass. There are also new story missions for Batman plus additional missions for Batman’s “key allies.” Presumably, that means Catwoman, Nightwing, Robin, and possibly Azrael since they were revealed in the Dual Play announcement.
— Batman Arkham (@BatmanArkham) May 3, 2015
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.
A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.
Obviously, there are some details missing, such as what’s the difference in play time between a story expansion, story mission, and narrative missions. There are also questions about the “legendary super-villains” and “key allies.”
These are all details that Rocksteady promises to share “as we fully ramp up development on the Season Pass.”
Batman: Arkham Knight is currently set for a June 23 release for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
[Images via Batman: Arkham Knight]