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There’s just too damn much pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight

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Meanwhile,at Warner Bros

Holy marketing schemes run amok Batman! I’m at a point right now where I ain’t even mad about all the gear available for purchase in Arkham Knight, outside of the main game. If anything, I’m pretty damn impressed that Warner Bros Interactive have managed to milk this much content out of the Arkham-ender. Honestly, the only other entity around who could squeeze that much juice out of a product is your local SARS taxman. And of course, the game is getting a touch more content on the PlayStation 4. If you pre-order that is. BUY NOW DAMMIT!

PlayStation 4 adoptees of the game get the previously confirmed Scarecrow Nightmare levels and a Justice League 3000 skin. But it’s not the thought of a gigantic Scarecrow playing peekaboo between skyscrapers that scares me. It’s that Adam west skin for the game, which looks incredibly unnatural and of course I want it. Clearly there’s something wrong with me. Clearly.

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This of course, joins an entire supermarket of pre-order content for the game. Content such as a $40 season pass, various skins, special editions, a Harley Quinn story mission, challenge maps and more. It’s rather ridiculous, and adequately summed up in this image that I pilfered from Reddit:

Arkham List

The thing is, none of that content is truly necessary. I’m dead certain that you can play through an Arkham game without the need to dress up like Bat-Mite. It’s just the fact that all this content gets announced months before the game is even released, is a bit of a slap in the face, especially when you know all of it will be collected and repackaged into an eventual Game Of The Year edition. It’s a practise that publisher Warner Bros Interactive is becoming especially good at. And it must be working, because I already have a credit card bill for some of those skins, like the massive fanboy that I am. Well played Warner Bros, well played.

Be the Bankman.

Last Updated: May 28, 2015

36 Comments

  1. That was too much scrolling to see the read more link XD.

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  2. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 28, 2015 at 08:35

    FOR SHAME!

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  3. Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

    May 28, 2015 at 08:38

    Batmobile version I can do with

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  4. Valshen

    May 28, 2015 at 08:39

    Damn console exclusive DLC all the way to hell.

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  5. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 28, 2015 at 08:40

    I am getting really tired of this practice. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy pre-order exclusives but this right here is what is wrong with gaming. Games like this and Watch_Dogs need to fail financially so they stop doing this crap.

    Oh well at least I don’t care about batman since Geralt is way better!

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 28, 2015 at 08:44

      Batman wears Geralt pajamas

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 28, 2015 at 08:49

      The thing with some pre-order exclusives is that it’s not very exclusive at all.
      Most pre-orders (collectors editions aside) have stuff in it that everyone will be getting at some later stage anyway. So it’s usually better to just wait, unless of course if it’s something you’ve been waiting for.

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      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 28, 2015 at 08:52

        The best non CE pre-order bonus I ever recieved was the lanyard from BT games for Wolfenstein.

        The rest of the pre-order bonuses fade away from memory.

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  6. CodeDisQus

    May 28, 2015 at 08:44

    Not cool with all the pre-order stuff BUT, I’ll just leave this here

    Batman Arkham Knight + DLC for $23
    http://www.cdkeys.com/pc/games/batman-arkham-knight-pc-cd-key-steam

    Batman Arkham Knight Premium Edition for $36
    http://www.cdkeys.com/pc/games/batman-arkham-knight-premium-edition-pc-cd-key-steam

    Prices aren’t too bad at all!

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    • Ir0nseraph

      May 28, 2015 at 09:13

      Damn with those prices , i should probably be on the lookout for Batman keys that were stolen 😛

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      • CodeDisQus

        May 28, 2015 at 09:25

        Thought the same thing but I did some research on the company and they have a good track record so I figured, why not!Better than paying R1200 for the game + season pass and at R440, it’s quite a steal.

        I thought of waiting a year to play it then I thought, with all the internet I go through, I’m pretty sure the game will be spoiled by some d.bag.

        Either way I’ll probably end up buying the GOTY edition aswell, not a fan of “renting” my best games from steam hahah!

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  7. Skyblue

    May 28, 2015 at 08:47

    I feel like this after seeing that… my youngest son is a Batman fanatic and the games inevitably end up costing more than they should due to the way these bastards rape and pillage our wallets.

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  8. Hammersteyn

    May 28, 2015 at 08:52

    All I can say is The Joker is still alive, only he could plan DLC like this…

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  9. Ir0nseraph

    May 28, 2015 at 08:58

    A GOTY edition seems to be the answer , some cool editions available but the DLC is all over the place , just a damn shame the first 2 games was so good , so it’s hard to resist to see how it all ends.

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  10. Rock789

    May 28, 2015 at 08:59

    Dunno how I feel about this, to be honest… Do I want this game? Hell yeah! Can I wait for the inevitable GOTY edition so as to get all pieces of dlc and actually have a ‘complete’ game? Probably… And I’m as impulsive as it gets when it comes to gaming. So I can imagine a ton of people will most likely wait too.

    That, and right now I don’t see me playing anything other than Project Cars or Witcher 3 for a very, VERY long time! Well, maybe the new Wolfenstein – that game is just so much damn fun!

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 28, 2015 at 09:02

      Yeah, I’m completely lost in the majestic Witcher 3 game, it is exactly what I need at the moment in my life

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      • Rock789

        May 28, 2015 at 09:44

        Oh yeah! It is the most absorbing game I’ve played since Skyrim! Just absolutely loving it.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 28, 2015 at 10:00

          Aye dude, I’m loving it!

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 28, 2015 at 09:08

      I think I’ll get Project Cars in December, when I anticipate to be done with Witcher 3

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      • Rock789

        May 28, 2015 at 09:45

        Good man. It’s worth it. But prepare yourself for Witcher 3 levels of time sunk into it… No jokes – it literally has thousands of races across it’s career mode. Such a great racing game!

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2015 at 12:19

      Canceled my preorder for this.

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  11. Peter Pan

    May 28, 2015 at 09:00

    I want a Harley Quinn game! Apart from The Joker, IMHO no other character from the Batman universe comes close to how entertaining she is.

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  12. CuddlesaurusRex

    May 28, 2015 at 09:09

    This looks so awesome! It is going to be tough to hold out for the GOTY edition but i just cannot justify all the extra cost to get the full experience off the bat (no pun intended). I am actually a little sad about this whole mess… Much like MKX.

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  13. Ranting Raptor

    May 28, 2015 at 09:13

    Tsk tsk

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  14. Ranting Raptor

    May 28, 2015 at 09:15

    I’ve decided not to support games with so much DLC anywhere near launch. Will only purchase on special with all DLC included much later

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2015 at 12:19

      Same here

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  15. SEGA Neptune

    May 28, 2015 at 09:18

    Nep Nep is playing a AAA game in 2015 that has no pre-order DLC, no redeem codes, no paid season pass, no micro transactions, 200hours of gameplay, FREE 16 DLCs, FREE map, FREE poster, FREE stickers, FREE soundtrack CD, mostly bug free and R200 cheaper than full retail. 🙂

    http://i.imgur.com/6VVJsP7.gifv

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  16. Gerhard Davids

    May 28, 2015 at 09:22

    Christ sakes. Are you guys at the point where you can’t see what is happening? Say it loud and slowly “Pre….Order….DLC” smh. This is terrible.

    And some of these guys say they don’t get Twitch.
    Well lemme axe you dis. How da fuk dis work den?!

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  17. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 28, 2015 at 10:06

    Batman Beyond? You mean Batman Beyond his BMI surely?

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  18. RustedFaith

    May 28, 2015 at 12:03

    This reminds me of evolve, I will pirate this one thanks.

    Nickel and dime me for content that should have been there and you just lost a sale rocksteady.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 28, 2015 at 12:18

      Yes, let’s all pirate. That will show them.

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  19. WitWolfy

    May 28, 2015 at 12:23

    Guess we’ll have to wait for the GOTY edition then…

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  20. Uberutang

    May 28, 2015 at 12:26

    I have a spreadsheet for each game I want to play.
    1st column: buy
    2nd column: pirate

    Every itme a new exclusive dlc or pre-order bonus from store x, y or z etc gets announced the pirate column gets a +1.

    Every ‘no drm, no online registration’ etc gets announced for the game the ‘buy’ column gets a +10.

    Batman AK has now firmly entered the ‘pirate and get all this dlc and other shit’ for free column.

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  21. Tbone187

    May 28, 2015 at 14:08

    Downloadcrap!

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