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Season Passes & GOTY editions – a source of disillusionment


All of us are familiar by now with downloadable content, otherwise known as DLC. We fought about it; we cried about it; we rejoiced about it. And finally we just accepted it as part of life. There has been much debate about DLC and, frankly, I’m not going to continue with that debate here. What I do want to rant about, though, is the apparent lack of appreciation from publishers towards their most loyal of fans.

What does this have to do with DLC, you might ask?

Well, I really began thinking about it when the GOTY edition of Borderlands 2 was announced. You know, the cheap version of a game released a year later with a lot of fancy goodies added? Well, if you don’t know yet what the GOTY edition includes, it basically includes: the game, all the Season Pass DLC, all of the limited pre-order DLC, and a few additional pieces. For perspective, according to Steam, it includes $104.90 worth of DLC. And it only costs $59.99.

Cash Cow

Why did this upset me?

Well, I was a rabid fan of the game. I pre-ordered it months before release, and bought it on the release day. I still remember the pain of paying R499.99 for a PC game. I then also bought the Season Pass for an additional $29.99. Today that would be R309.54. I paid a total of R809.53 for what was said at the time to be the full game and all of the story DLC that would be released.

2K, however, then saw how much money they were making with the digital purchases and started creating additional content to sell. I was fine with them creating skin packs and additional characters, because I was happy with the story DLC I had.

Publishers - Know the difference

It was only when they announced that they would be creating more story DLC outside of the Season Pass (which was now being called the Season 1 Pass by some), that I started to feel unappreciated. There I was, having spent double what most PC games cost at the time on their game, and they were trying to charge me more for content they said at first won’t exist.

And then finally the GOTY edition was announced.

All the DLC

Quick mental arithmetic tells me that to get everything in the GOTY pack I don’t have, I would have to spend an additional $14.98 (R155.06). That means that the loyal fan would have to pay R979.57 just to get everything in the GOTY edition, which is now available for R599.99. Is it just me, or am I the biggest fool in town? I would have expected publishers would be more thankful towards the fans that buy on launch and keep them in business.

I guess the lesson to learn here is that it is definitely worth just waiting for the inevitable GOTY edition of some games, at least until the publishers go bankrupt due to a lack of Day 1 sales.

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  • ToshZA

    I fell into the same trap with BL2, but I still don’t regret it. For all other games though, I generally wait until everything goes on special, which means I score. Picking up a full game + all DLC for $10 or less, thanks I’ll have one of those.

  • Nico Gouws

    I feel the same burn with the Battlefield 4 Limited Edition, I had pre-ordered the game months in advance, had fought tooth and nail with BTGames via e-mail, and yet I only get the China Rising DLC and a few early unlocks…I have to spend a further R499.00 to get the Premium version to actually have the full fat experience?

  • Sierra53

    I know the feeling – which is why I refuse to buy any dlc. Ive often wondered why they dont bundle a season pass for dlc with collectors editions to show fans their appreciation, but I guess the money they’re milking out of us is just too good.

  • Pulseofthe Maggot

    Sorry mate. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must feel.

  • PicklePod

    I’m beggining to get hesitant about pre-orders
    I mean, I’m not sure what might happen with EA and Titanfall, or other future games perhaps…
    Like with BF3, you pre-order with excitement to get one DLC, just to find out later that there is more and those players get added benifits, at a cheaper price if I had waited… same with the 4th one
    My pockets are already low… I’m rocking Free-to-Play XD

  • Marc Pelteret

    You’re essentially paying to get everything before everyone else. You can wait for the GOTY edition (which isn’t guaranteed to be released for every game) or a Steam sale, but then you could be sacrificing online play because by the time you get it the community may have moved on to the next game (we know this happens in SA).

    It would be nice if 2K allowed those of us with the majority of the GOTY edition’s content to upgrade to the GOTY edition for a low cost, like has been done recently with the Director’s Cut of Deus Ex: HR (I only had to pay $5 to get it since I have DXHR and The Missing Link).

  • R4mzy

    And this is why I have only pre-ordered or bought a game on release about twice this year, compared to last year’s at least once-or-twice a month (if not more). I can find the cash in my budget (well, at R300 to R350 per game I could), but I’m over feeling burned by massive day one patches, buggy releases, exorbitantly priced and/or artificially limited day one DLC (which is usually on the fucking disc already too), season passes, DLC not included in season passes, and GOTY releases that end up being pretty much what the game should have been on release in the first place. Bugger that, it’s a Steam sale and Humble Bundle life for me. Those usually put the GOTY editions up, too.



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