As the Star Wars: Battlefront beta wraps up with an extra day of play, DICE and Electronic Arts announced details for the multiplayer shooter’s Season Pass on Monday. Three new modes were also announced, but will PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC gamers balk at the Season Pass price when other AAA shooters are offering DLC for free?
The Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass will come with four expansion packs “filled with new content that will take you to new locations across a galaxy, far, far away,” according to an update on the game’s website. Those that purchase the Season Pass will also be granted two weeks early access to each expansion pack, and an exclusive “Shoot First” emote.
Details on the number of maps, modes, locations, weapons, etc. were sorely missing from the Season Pass announcement for Star Wars: Battlefront. The “new locations” suggests new planets beyond the starters of Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, and Sullust, plus the Jakku map coming in December for those that pre-order the game. A piece of concept art on what the developers at DICE are dreaming up for future content would have blunted the reaction to the $50 price for the Season Pass.
Yes, the Star Wars: Battlefront Season Pass is already listed on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, and Origin as a $50 purchase, with very little hint of what is to come at this point. If this sounds familiar, it is because Warner Bros. Interactive did the same thing prior to the release of Batman: Arkham Knight this year before responding with a more detailed overview of what players would get out of their Season Pass purchase.
The $50 price for four different packs suggest that individual packs will be priced at $15 like Battlefield 4. A Star Wars: Battlefront Ultimate Edition was also announced that combines the Deluxe Edition of the game with the Season Pass.
Of course, you don’t have to purchase the Battlefront Season Pass at this moment. You can wait until more details come out, or actually until the actual DLC content comes out, to see if it is worth it.
Still, this is reflective of an interesting time for how publishers and developers are handling DLC packs for AAA content. 343 Industries built Halo 5: Guardians from the ground up to support free DLC maps for all Xbox One owners with a micro-transaction model. Meanwhile, Activision and Bungie are moving Destiny away from the paid DLC model, and going with a free model supported by microtransactions, as well.
At the same time, Activision is still supporting the standard paid DLC model with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The latest from Treyarch has a Season Pass and the typical four planned DLC pack releases.
New Game Modes
While we wait on details for the DLC, DICE did announce the final three game modes that will ship with Star Wars: Battlefront on November 17.
Droid Run stars three GNK Droids that serve as capture objectives in a six versus six match.
“Your objective is to capture and hold all the three Droids before the 10-minute time limit is up. You’ll get help from weapon pickups but Heroes, Villains, and vehicles won’t be joining the run. Communication is vital, so let your teammates know if you’ve spotted a Droid somewhere, how to find it, and if there are enemy forces nearby.”
Cargois a new twist on the classic Capture the Flag mode, with opposing teams grabbing cargo from the opposing base instead of a flag.
“Rebels and Imperials both have a base on the map where valuable cargo is stored. Your objective is to run in to the enemy base, pick up the cargo, and return it to your home base. It’s a classic concept, but we’ve added one twist: you don’t need to have your own cargo in your base in order to bring back the cargo you’ve taken from your enemies. This creates a tug of war experience where you simply need to collect as much cargo as possible.”
Finally, Hero Hunt pits one player in the role of a Star Wars hero or villain character being hunted down by seven other players on the other side.
“Should you deliver the killing blow on the current Hero or Villain you take their place, spurred on by a short, cinematic sequence as you respawn. The hunter now the hunted, your job is to defeat those in pursuit and survive as long as possible in the boots of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, or whichever iconic character is up based on the pre-determined order.”
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