We now have a better idea of the content in Batman: Arkham Knight’s $40 Season Pass, with one new character getting her own story.
One of the main additions included in the game’s Season Pass is playing as Batgirl for the first time in the Arkham franchise. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the downloadable character on May 2. The Batgirl add-on will be a prequel story campaign called “Batgirl: A Matter of Family” set in a new location yet to be revealed.
The Season Pass, a bundle of downloadable content for the game spread out over six months, will cost $39.99. Warner Bros. announced the Pass April 28. The publisher revealed its content in response to criticism of the high cost and lack of information on what would be included.
The Season Pass will feature content that didn’t go with Arkham Knight’s main story campaign. All the DLC is single-player, with new add-ons scheduled to release monthly for six months after the game’s launch. Arkham Knight by Rocksteady Studios will release on June 23 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Batman will also get new story missions with the Season Pass where famous villains of the franchise attack Gotham City. These missions will feature new storylines and gameplay.
Other expansions include playing as Batman protagonists from the game in missions set before and after the events in Arkham Knight that give more background to their story.
New skins for the Batmobile from across the 75-year history of the DC Comics hero will be part of the Season Pass. Race tracks with themes designed around that Batmobile’s era will be added to the game as well. Also included the Season Pass is extra outfits for the other playable characters like Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing spanning different points in those characters’ lineages. More challenge maps for Batman and the other characters will be added as downloadable content.
Since the initial announcement of the Season Pass the publisher and developer faced backlash over its DLC plan, which is priced higher than most other games, by announcing its cost before giving specific details on what would actually be offered. Many voiced they would wait for a possible Game of the Year Edition with all the downloadable content included for Arkham Knight instead of buying the game at launch.
Warner Bros. didn’t reveal the estimated length of each story add-on or the total number of cosmetic DLC like costumes and skins. Pricing for each expansion and piece of content outside of the Season Pass has yet to be announced.
Besides the Season Pass for Arkham Knight, the game will get downloadable content that includes the GameStop-exclusive “Red Hood Story Pack” playing as Red Hood, a vigilante that has had different identities throughout the comic’s history. The “Harley Quinn Story Pack” is available across all retailers that also unlocks four challenge maps. Both of these can only be obtained by pre-ordering the game and aren’t included in the Season Pass.
The Quinn DLC is a prequel story campaign where Joker’s sidekick has to rescue Poison Ivy from the Bludhaven Police Department. There’s also the PS4 timed-exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack where Batman will face the villain and his army across Gotham City. Scarecrow nightmare missions were featured prominently in Arkham Asylum’s (2009) story campaign.