Dying Light is a pretty fantastic game. It’s fun, long and full of undead dismemberment is all sorts of beautifully gory ways, and it kicked off the gaming year with a bang. It is also, however, pretty terrible when it comes to additional DLC. Take the game’s season pass for example, which comprises almost entirely of pre-order incentives.
Dying Light, like most other titles, has a $20 Season Pass which starts paying out today. The pass includes three pieces of DLC, which add new missions, weapons and a brand new area for you to run around in and never explore at night. At face value, the sum of the content doesn’t exactly look like a lot, especially when you consider how much you get with other, more rewarding season pass. It becomes even worse when you realise that the content being sold is actually free right now in any case.
Here’s what the Season Pass gets you:
- Cuisine & Cargo (February 10th) – Available exclusively as a part of the Season Pass offer, these two hardcore missions let players investigate buildings sealed off in the very first days of the outbreak. Explore the ominous corridors of once the most famous restaurant in Harran, and employ both stealth and combat to ransack a zombie-filled loading bay at the abandoned railroad yard.
- Ultimate Survivor Bundle (March) – Players will receive seven unique in-game items that will bring fighting zombies to a whole new level. Grab three special outfits and four blueprints for over-the-top weapons to make your adventure in the quarantine zone even more fun.
- The Bozak Horde (May) – The final Season Pass drop will deliver a new map and gameplay, playable in single-player and co-op. Go inside the Harran Stadium and test your combat know-how against relentless hordes of the Infected. Fight increasingly stronger enemy waves as you oppose a mysterious psychopath called Bozak.
Let’s look at Cuisine and Cargo, as well as the Ultimate Survivor Bundle. These two pieces of DLC add in some new weapons, outfits (which are fairly useless) and two hardcore missions. They’re also free if you pre-order the physical edition of the game, specifically at BT Games and Kalahari. The third package, The Bozak Horde, seems like the meatiest of the lot, but is it worth the full $20 asking price?
Games like BioShock Infinite and Borderlands 2 offered massive, near full length campaigns in their season pass, while Dying Light is content on pushing pre-order incentives and a small wave survival addition. I still think the game is great, but based on this I can’t find a reason to suggest picking up the season pass – no matter how much you love the game.
We contacted Techland to ask why they were selling content that they’re also essentially giving away for free to Europeans. Here’s what they said.
“The delay of the physical release outside of North and South America was unfortunate and we wanted to please those fans who got affected by this. Hence why we gave them 2 DLC’s.
We’ve now got two sets of fans in the delayed territories we need to consider. Those who waited for the physical discs and got extra content and those who have the digital release go as planned and have already been enjoying the game and can now decide if they want to get the extra DLC content.
We simply want to appease both of them and still ensure our North and South American fans feels looked after, hence why we’ve got plenty of plans to add content to Dying Light – additional DLC, content updates, modding tools etc.”
Last Updated: February 10, 2015