EA reveals ludicrously expensive Star Wars Battlefront season pass alongside three new modes

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Star Wars Battlefront has a $50 season pass

It’s no secret that I’ve been loving the Star Wars Battlefront beta, and the short, limited slice of intergalactic shooting fun convinced me to actually purchase a multiplayer-only title at launch for the first time in a very long time. Almost, as EA sent reality crashing down on mine and everyone’’ else’s heads last night, revealing a season pass with a price that deserves to live in a galaxy far, far away.

Or at the very least, in a Sarlacc Pit with the remains of Boba Fett.

But first, a little good news. If you’ve been playing the beta you no doubt saw the extensive menu of locked game modes that would be available at launch. Three of these now have more details around them. Droid Run is a tight 6v6 mode where players scramble to collect GNK powered droids around the map, while Cargo acts as a Star Wars spin-off of traditional capture the flag. If Drop Zone has taught me anything about these smaller modes, it’s that they’ll probably be the most fun.

The third mode sounds a little ridiculous to be frank. Hero Hunt places one of eight players in control of a particular hero (with the exact one being determined by the map). As this lone player controlling Luke, Vader, Fett or any other hero runs around, the remaining seven players are tasked with hunting her or she down. Considering it took merely half that number to fall in battle most times as a hero on Hoth, I do have to wonder how frustrating this mode will become very quickly.

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But while that’s speculation, the Battlefront season pass is just upright madness. Not only does EA and DICE not really know when the expansions will be out, they have no idea what they’re even going to contain given the vague press release. What we do know is that the Season Pass will grant victims fans the chance to play each expansion two-weeks early, as well as give them a “Shoot First” emote. Because that’s really what defines value it seems.

This is where your "Shoot First" emote can go

The pass itself cost no less than $50, bringing the total Star Wars Battlefront experience to a staggering $110. That’s still $10 more than the new Ultimate Edition, which includes the season pass and some arbitrary unlocks that no more deserve your money. For a game that’s only got a handful of small single-player missions and is predominantly a multiplayer one, that’s ludicrous at best. In fact, it’s ludicrous even if the game shipped with a campaign. Season Passes shouldn’t cost nearly the same price as the core game.

But hey, at least there aren’t any microtransactions, right? RIGHT?

Last Updated: October 13, 2015

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Ummmm, Boba Fett got out of the Sarlacc Pit Sandy…

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Yes, and no.
      Technically not anymore, since Disney scrubbed everything that happened outside the films.

      • Alessandro Barbosa

        Yeah this. Although there’s still some murkiness regarding if he’s still alive. Either way, he got in that pit. He got in it hard 😛

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Haha. True.

        • Brady miaau

          Ah yes, but getting out? He put a grenade at hist feet and hoped the armour would protect him from the blast. He nearly died, but it blew him out.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        He is alive, screw Disney

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Hey man, few are a bigger Boba fan than I am, and from what I’ve seen about Disney and their knowledge of Star Wars I’d rather have everything else than a new film.

        • Hammersteyn

          ^THIS! Who are Disney to rewrite history?

        • Brady miaau

          Boba Fetts stories are pretty cool.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            I have the graphic novel set. Some really cool stories in there.

          • Brady miaau

            I have books only. Graphic novels? Never been my thing

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            I enjoy the art more than anything else, since they get a different artist to do each of the stories. I like the take they have on some of the characters and their expressions (obviously not the case with Boba Fett :P) Some artists really have a way of portraying a character so uniquely suiting.
            Though I’m with you there on books, definitely a better read. I only own a small amount of graphic novels anyway, all of which are Star Wars.

      • Brady miaau

        Sad. I know.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    These prices can GITFS

    • HvR

      Get in the filthy sarlacc

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Indeed, sea is so last week.

        GET IN THE FILTHY SARLACC is more current

  • Sean Carbutt

    Well I hate EA period, do not buy any of their games for this exact reason. Microtransactions are just a dlc away.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I KNEW IT! I KNEW THE OTHER SHOE HAD TO DROP! Good guy EA doesn’t even last a week. And all is right again with the world.

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      EA, driving the van with the candy

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Nah, my candy is being delivered later today by CDPR. Gwent cards FTW!

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          I still have to print and laminate my 10 decks…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t need to print mine. ;P

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Ah, but do you have ALL the decks?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I could download them if I really wanted to.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            lol.

            I need two decks! Hency why

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            huehuehue

  • ZA Ludomusicologist

    Yikes! Ridiculous!

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    Seems like just about everyone called this one.
    Oh what a surprise from EA

    • tobikun219

      it is now 139.99

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    I knew it was a mistake to have EA make the new SW games.
    They can shove it all.

  • Jonah Cash

    Aaaaaaanddddd EA is back on form! Was almost stressed the other day when you said this won’t have any micro transactions…

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Everything with them is a PR stunt. They say “No microtransactions” so people go out and pre-order, then they just bring out stupidly priced DLC.
      They said the same thing about the new NFS, but they can keep that sh!t too. You can’t trust EA with anything.

      • Jonah Cash

        That is very true! I still can’t find matches online with Fifa 16… Will maybe play two matches in an hour if I am lucky. And I only buy Fifa because of the online element, if I only played offline I would just stick to Fifa 13 which is by far the best Fifa ever created.

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          It’s really sad man. Only Steam seems to still be a trustworthy place to play games.
          Uplay was down last night for most of the time, so naturally I couldn’t play any of my Uplay games.
          I don’t understand how some companies can get it so right, yet others just don’t seem to catch on that they’re going at it all wrong.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            It was down? I know why…I uninstalled Valiant Hearts…

            (I did finish it though, flippen onion ninjas)

          • Hammersteyn

            hahha

          • Rock789

            Onion ninjas got you too?! Damn it, they seem to get everyone when playing that game… It’s the weirdest thing – must be something in the code that helps them lock onto us… 😉

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Indeed. I sat down for the last part, I have never been more sad in any game than that one. And you know what, the game was damn well done

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            UbiArts gets things right. Pity they have to use Uplay too.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Aye, and you know what, I’ll forgive them for that. Since they gave me CoL and VH

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Me too.

          • Rock789

            Still never played Child of Light. But heard nothing but great things. Need to play it (got it for free on my XB1, so have no excuse not to).

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Playing it now again.
            You have to.
            That is all.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            One of the best games I’ve played with the best soundtrack as well

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Coeur de Pirate is one brilliant musician. Love her stuff.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            And the surname. Arrr

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Haha. Appeases the Admiral.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            The music, the surname, both get the [Admiral Chief Stamp of Approval]

          • Rock789

            Still one of the most surprisingly great titles I’ve ever played! In my Top 10, for sure – I rate it that highly.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Agreed. History, DEM FEELS, and lovable characters, with minimal dialogue, simplistic tasks and lekker puzzles. Yeah, these guys get it. It is not about the AAA or the GFX or the $$$$, it is about telling a story, and deploying onion ninjas

          • Rock789

            Exactly. Honestly wasn’t into a story that much since Mass Effect 2 or The Last of Us. And they did that level of story telling on a teeny tiny budget (compared to those AAA titles)! Just an awesome game (now feel like playing it again).

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            I’d steal/borrow a PS4 just to get the story of TLOU

          • Rock789

            Do it! I’m sure Rince’s PS4 is lying idle while he’s off gallivanting… 😉

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            * “AAA”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Open wide and say AAA

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Prepare your AAAnus

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            huehuehue, I forgot I had this…

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Such a brilliant game.
            I wanted to play some Child of Light. Couldn’t.
            Then I considered some The Crew….oh wait…that’s on Ukak too. So I ended up watching AxeCop instead.

          • Rock789

            Welcome to the online world… Where you get to play your games… When the servers are up… Which may be sometime next Wednesday.

            And they wonder why I insist on still buying the disks?! Oh, and this Battlefront can GITFS! Was considering getting it for cheap, down the line, coz I prefer SP. Now it is off the list… Even if it’s free, I’ll think twice before taking it… Stupid EA ruining things! This is NFS all over again.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            The new NFS won’t be as different as they say. I’ve had just about every NFS game since it started and I can see the trend of this one already…it’s not all that different to Rivals apart from the customisation.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            NFSU2 or nothing else

          • Rock789

            Exactly! Was touted, basically, as Underground 3 without the moniker… Yeah right! But we knew… WE FLIPPIN KNEW!! 😉

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Haha. Exactly.
            Fool us with Most Wanted, shame on you,

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            They’re not wrong. YOU’RE WRONG!

    • tobikun219

      they are even worse than before since it is now 139.99

  • Didn’t EA say that micro transactions weren’t part of the Core experience… not that they won’t have them

    • Brady miaau

      Ah yes, but who defines “Core Experience”?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        EA does. 🙂

  • Hammersteyn

    Beginning to see Gavins point, I mean he was around for Battlefront 2 and I’m not that sure if Sandy was born yet 😛

    • ouch

    • WitWolfy

      HAHA! So glad I’m not getting this.. But I know a few of you will…

      • Hammersteyn

        $110? Nope

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    I think I still prefer the original pit without the shoddy CGI tentacles.

  • Hammersteyn

    I really despise EA. They are in gaming to make money and have lost all connection with gamers long ago. It seems they’ve resorted to hunting whales. Bring out a bare game and sell the rest later for more than a R1000? Yeah, no thanks

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      [insert whale sounds]

    • konfab

      The developers of every game you buy are in it for the money.

      • Hammersteyn

        Of course they are, but then you get publishers like Rockstar who give free content

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          And of course, the free content is continually supported, adding more with every update, from fixes to the core game to tweaks in the online gameplay. Rockstar has now set the standard, yet no one pays attention to it… It makes me sad…

          • Hammersteyn

            Good guy Rockstar. I’ll leave a clause in my will that someone uses my estate to buy their games when I’m gone

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            That same clause will be in mine!

  • Bagel

    EA can suck my noodle

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    I’ll see your microtransactions….and raise you a season pass…

    That poker face….

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Don’t you see?
      They’re saving you the trouble of having to buy a lot of different things separately by putting them all together! EA cares!

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Aaah, man…. if ever there was a 360 degree turn…

        • WitWolfy

          I agree, they did the hokey pokey and turned around…

  • Jac7

    I was a little worried that they won’t live up to their title as worst company in the world. Glad I was wrong.

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Someone needs to start the opposite of the Golden Joystick awards.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        The poop dipper dildo award maybe?

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Golden Turd Award
          With categories such as:
          *most hated dev*
          *worst client*
          *biggest lie*
          *most hyped up crap*

  • konfab

    I am still going to get the game, though I won’t buy the season pass as I cannot spend that type of money on an unknown.

    I probably will get the DLC if I can see them adding value to the game.

    Personally, I think there is nothing wrong with a game costing $110 if it is worth $110. Bear in mind some people spend significantly more than that on eating out.

    • WitWolfy

      R1200 on dinner?? I better get a BJ for dessert at that price!

      • konfab

        I didn’t specify it had to be a one night quickie. Most people spend much more than R1200 on eating out during the year.

        • Hammersteyn

          R1200 is a lot of money for one game. For that amount I don’t want to hear words like “value” and “online experience” when they talk about DLC
          I want to know that they’ll at least provide enough content to keep me invested for at least two years. Guess we’ll wait for the review then.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            The way the Rand is trending now, it’s around R1,400 actually.

          • Hammersteyn

            *Cries*

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          At the current exchange rate it’s close to R 1470…. There is not a way in hell I’ll pay that for a single title with “added content”, hell, you get collectors editions of games that are cheaper than that, with extra physical goodies and then some DLC…this is the biggest cash grab scheme I’ve seen in a while…And it disgusts me, it makes me cringe, not because of the price, but the principle of selling half of a game and then trying to push sales of “added content” at exorbitant prices….it is appalling…

      • Brady miaau

        Drinks. Easy.

        Except I do not drink. We used to spend around R500 for a good meal eat, starter and main. Perhaps some tea and one drink.

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Pachas will set you back at least a grand

          • Brady miaau

            Totally. Ah, to eat out again, just wife and myself, in a nice classy restaurant.

            Still not done it since my little girl was born, 22.5 months old now.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            You need to get out, get a sitter, go out. I’d volunteer, my wife loooves dem bebbehs

          • Brady miaau

            yeah, trying hard on that one. Perhaps this weekend.

          • Brady miaau

            with or without alchol? If without, the prices have gone up since we last ate at Pachas. We did prefer La Pentola, where spending R350 on a main is possible. Or JillSide Tavern, hmm STEAK. but too dark.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Last time we had starters, mains, dessert (each) and my wife had 3 ice tea’s and I had 4 beers, little over a grand.

            Oh, and when last were you at Hillside Tavern?

  • HvR
  • WitWolfy

    DAMN! No microtransactions lead to expensive season passes. EA know fans will buy it, no matter what they price it.

  • Commander JJ of the Normandy

    EA adds swimming pool to Battlefront?

    • WitWolfy

      Pink Darth Vader suit DLC!!!

  • Screw EA, decided wasnt going to buy this after beta, enjoyed it alot, but way too expensive, so like Dr. Dre’s Medicine Man “Go F**K Yourself”

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      As much as I like Dr Dre, this is a bit amusing as the Beats products are ridiculously overpriced as well. 🙂

      • Well atleast I dont need to buy the Beats to listen to his music, EA would some how make something that way

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          Haha. Very true.

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          DRM’ed headphones…

  • Brady miaau

    Well, that sounds reasonable.

    How many expansions in the season pass then? What do you get for it? Where is the value?

    How can I buy shares in EA from SA without attracting large customs duties?

  • MakeItLegal

    ummm…wtf $50 ? jesus…well can safely skip this till its on a sale , or not ever…fuck u EA , Pigs

  • Hammersteyn

    Lets not forget the servers will burn day one as well.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      That would be the build up to EA’s own headquarters being burnt down by disgruntled fans….

      • Hammersteyn

        lol

  • Brady miaau

    IS Grand Admiral Thrawn a character or not?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      He’s no longer a canonical character after they wiped the slate clean. Doesn’t mean he couldn’t come back one day though.

      • Brady miaau

        He should.

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Grand Admiral Chief is still here though

  • Galbedir

    Beta not even completely finished…..aaaand EA strikes again!

    • Galbedir

      Guess my EA and Ubisoft strike continues.

  • CypherGate

    This is how you kill gaming. Charge stupid amounts of money. While im at it the way things are going with games today just pisses me off. Perfect example: I built my brother a really awesome i7 gaming pc and can run anything under the sun with no issues. Now my issue is this… WHAT ON EARTH is the point of buying a PC game in store when you only prompted to DOWNLOAD the game? Whats the point? It installs 4.7gb and you must download the remaining 25gb. Sure we have a measly 4mb uncapped line, but he installed like 6 games and had to download the rest and they already freaking shaped his line. I see no point with buying physical discs anymore if they force you to download the rest of the game. Its pathetic and sad that we are being forced in that way. Now I bought him the new Metal Gear on disc and well he cant play cause he has to download the rest. So in fact not only have I paid R599 for the game I also have to now make use of my ADSL to finish the download which is actually taking 2 days now. I miss the days when we could install a game and just damn play the game when we wanted to. To make matters worse Afrihost messed up on our line and the download stopped so when do we play a game I paid R599 for? Totally and utterly pathetic. I mean these games arent cheap and yet you need an additional ADSL line which costs roughly R790 for a 4mb uncapped line. Whats even funnier is that online their are games that cost more than in the store itself. A freaking digital download. No hardware used to put the game on disc. No printing or artwork etc and yet you pay full price and sometimes more. Sure you get loads of sales on Steam, but when I sometimes weigh out the price of new releases digitally verses physical media then it most times dont make sense. Sorry for the rant. I just feel all these things just messes up that excitement of wanting to pay legally for a game to play it when you want to. I used to pirate games cause I couldnt afford them. Now im at a point where I want to actually pay hard earned money for a game that was made painstakingly for years and yet you go through all this bullshit. Ok rant over.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      I feel your pain man, I have a 3G contract, because Telkom doesn’t roll out lines to our area any more, so a game with a patch of 25GB on PC costs me my monthly subscription and an additional 500 to 600 just to finish the download within the same month… it is ridiculous….

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      tl;dr

      Huehuehue, jk, I approve of this rant

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I bought W3 physical version to save myself a lot of downloading. Galaxy fucked out, I had to redownload the game from scratch over the weekend in preparation for the expansion. 22gb for the game, 10gb for the patch & 550mb for the DLC. Less than impressed by that.

      Now I have to dl the expansion because that physical version only contains a code. I knew that before buying though – I wanted the Gwent cards.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I downloaded the patches via a torrent site, was faster, and smaller than the GoG update

      • CypherGate

        I saw that patch. I was so shocked. I never imagined how costly gaming has become until these things started to be implemented. You know what these isp’s should do? they should actually create an ADSL gaming package specialised just for gaming itself. Whether its downloading a game or patching a game. Like they have their business packages they should have a gaming package.

  • Adam McDonald

    in canada its not worth it its 139$ with tax about 150$ so pretty much almost 200$ what the hell …. for everything wow what a damn joke really EA money grabbing idiots

  • tobikun219

    except it is now 139.99 😐

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