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Battlefield 1: TSNP, March 2017.

I love Battlefield 1, Battlefield 1 represents the first time since probably 2008 and 2009 that I sat down with a videogame and play everyday, it’s rewarding and unique and pretty cool. It has that addictive multiplayer that I haven’t seen since maybe Call of Duty: MW2 and Call of Duty: World at War from 2009 and 2008 respectively. It won my Game of the Year for 2016, because of it’s strong multiplayer but not everything is up to scratch. Battlefield 1 is the result of EA’s decisions to plunder everyone’s pocket and that includes the Premium Pass that’s been in every single Battlefield game since Battlefield 3 in 2011, and frankly that has to go because it’s slowly killing Battlefield 1 with a long wait of content between each Expansion, the first Expansion was released in March and the second Expansion is set to be released in September, you see the problem here?

The inherent issue here is that the Premium Pass is killing the game because there are no more Operation servers for TSNP, I barely can get into a game at all because nobody is playing the new maps because either some have it or others don’t because of the price. The price of the Season Pass is a solid $49.99 USD and it was bumped down for $30 a couple weeks ago and I believe it’s going to be that way until Monday due to Gamescom.

Season Passes are a thing now and it’s been the industry standard since probably 2010 or 2011, it’s a standard and we’ve grown used to it but EA in particular, alongside Activision but mainly EA have overvalued them so much that it’s a problem now as we head into The Name of the Tsar and Turning Tides, the third Battlefield 1 expansion set to be released in December. Prior to the game’s release or any other game that has a Season Pass, we see the publisher always saying “It’s good content for a year or two, incredible value for this set amount.” convincing us to pre-order the game and also pre-order the Season Pass for extra content. Any complaints about the pricing will be null until people start to have complains about not enough content.

That’s the problem with Battlefield 1, it doesn’t have enough content although it’s a game with a good amount but it’s not enough for people to stick with it, they don’t want to purchase the Season Pass because they don’t think it’s worth it. I think what’s going on with Battlefield 1’s Season Pass is something that EA Dice and EA themselves have to realize and change the plan a little bit and follow the same plans that Battlefront II has, free maps for all.

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Nivelle Nights is a map that’s currently locked behind the Season Pass for Battlefield 1.

Free maps and free content is something that the Industry is pushing towards too, with the result of Blizzard’s Overwatch a game to be quite honest, doesn’t have a Season Pass and gives all players the new maps and new characters without players complaining that there isn’t enough content for some players to stick around and play. Frankly, I like that the gaming industry is moving towards Free Maps and Content for all without locking them within a paywall, and I truly believe that the next Battlefield will do away with the Season Pass and implement a system that most if not all games are using, and making their money via microtranscations.

It’s been clear for a while that purchasing a game isn’t enough, and what’s going on with Battlefield 1 right now is something that the gaming industry can avoid if everyone used the system that Overwatch has. A collection of five expansions isn’t worth $50, everyone is convincing themselves to not fall for the pre-order hype machine so can we do the same with the Season Passes and let the industry know that the days of Season Passes are done with?

I would like to see EA DICE and EA themselves to change the current system of Battlefield 1, change Premium to make it more worthwhile then just expansion packs and make the remaining expansions free. It’s on you EA, if you want to continue to nickle and dime while my favorite game slowly dies due to everyone complaining that there is not enough content between Expansion packs. Battlefield 1 proves that Season Passes are done away with, let there be no more Season Passes.

 

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