The $50 Battlefront Season Pass is Standard Practice for Games in 2015


Star Wars Battlefront E3 Hands-OnbattleThere is big thing people are freaking out about over Star Wars: Battlefront and it’s either because people want to find something to bash a new Star Wars game for or people are just unfamiliar with how games work these days.

The first scenario could be another Aftermath situation where there’s a segment of fans who feel so slighted that Battlefront doesn’t play exactly like the first two games in the series from a decade ago that they’ll find any reason to bash the game. The second could be that a Star Wars game attracts people to gaming that normally wouldn’t play games so they’re unfamiliar with how things work in 2015.

Either way, the thing people are complaining about this week is a standard practice for modern video games.

Virtually every major game released in 2015 has a season pass. These are normally priced from $20 to $30 on top of the price of the game and usually give you a few DLC packs in the future. Sometimes, in the case of Fallout 4, the developers don’t even know what will be included in the season pass for the game.

Battlefront is a First-Person-Shooter (FPS) and for the last few years the two major FPS franchises have been Call of Duty and Battlefield. Both games feature $50 season passes every year that give you multiplayer map packs spread out until the release of the next game in the series.

Here’s the history of $50 season passes for FPS games over the last few years:

  • 2011 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (season pass originally called Call of Duty: Elite)
  • 2011 – Battlefield 3 (season pass called Battlefield Premium)
  • 2012 – Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • 2013 – Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • 2013 – Battlefield 4 (season pass called Battlefield Premium)
  • 2014 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • 2015 – Battlefield: Hardline (season pass called Battlefield Premium)
  • 2015 – Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • 2015 – Star Wars: Battlefront

Battlefront is developed by DICE and published by EA, the same companies as Battlefield 3 and 4. It was expected that there would be a “Battlefield Premium” style season pass that was expected to cost $50. Sure it may suck, but that’s how games work in 2015 and it’s been this way for a long time. But throwing up your arms and crying about how EA is “killing Star Wars” is just a crazy overreaction to something that’s the status quo for gaming these days.

Complaints about the lack of a campaign or built-in voice chat on the PC (when previous DICE Battlefield games had that) are perfectly valid, but the time for complaining about season passes came about five or six years ago during the last console generation. In a world where every phone app has in-app purchases and virtually every game has a season pass, the Battlefront complaints over the season pass almost come off as ignorant to the reality where games are now.