Okay, but you get to keep the DLC forever, right? The 'season pass' wording makes it sound like you only get to use it for a year. Regardless, I hate this trend towards IAP / microtransactions. It incentivizes developers to put less into the game originally, still charge full price, and then charge more for the removed features later on. Not good for consumers.
Yeah, I think the "season" part relates more towards the cycle of the game than ownership. There is only DLC during that game's "season," or its first year (after which meany games get new iterations released).
I agree 100% about the issues with this stuff, though. It was funny back when one user on here was defending the high prices of things by saying that the cost of development has gone up so much that game prices SHOULD increase, but they aren't. He was dead wrong, because we're looking at a future where EVERY game comes out gimped in one way or the other, still costs $60, then adds on another $40-50 in DLC, which doesn't even get it back to being on-par with its predecessor (such as with Forza 5
). If developers think that $100+ for a game is a reasonable economic strategy, they're wrong. If Forza 5
launched for $40, I'd be OK with it, and I'd even consider the pass (if it added anything meaningful). Stripping half of the cars, arguably the biggest-name track (Nurburgring), and a bunch of other tracks, and still charging $60 means I go from $60 invested to $0.
Before I go on a rant and get in trouble for speaking my mind on an off-topic subject, I'll just stop by saying that this idea of gouging people for nearly TWICE the price of the game (in some instances) is a joke. What's worse is that if you DON'T buy the DLC, you still have it held against your Achievement progress. Oh, I got 100% on Skyrim
? Wrong, I am at 67% completion because there was DLC I never purchased added to my profile, and it is dragging down my completion percentage on numerous games (Halo 4
, Black Ops
, Black Ops II
, Forza 4
). I am now debating if I want to get 10 games for $60 each, or if I want to get 5 games and their DLC for $100 each, in the name of finishing everything. That, or I'm debating if I want to only buy games WITHOUT a map pass and in-app purchases, with Halo
(my favorite franchise) being the only exception.
All of that is why it's hard to determine if these new consoles are worth it. I'm not a big fan of fighting games, but I would totally try Killer Instinct
out, since it's free. Well, I would, but the idea that I'm going to need to put a credit card on my account and spend $20+ on characters to earn Achievements kills me.