Sadly with the state of the games industry these days it actually passes for news when a game doesn’t have a season pass. That’s Respawn’s Titanfall 2 I’m talking about, with an official announcement confirming all post-release maps and modes will be available totally free of charge.
“No season pass required: all maps & modes will be free in Titanfall 2 Multiplayer” reads the official site.
The thinking behind it is that exclusive map packs and modes fragment the community between the haves the have-nots. Clearly the memo didn’t make it over to EA’s other noted FPS studio. Perhaps they’re still waiting on the carrier pigeon bearing the news.
“This means no splitting up the community and it all starts with the legendary Angel City map, remastered from the original Titanfall,” explains Respawn. This means once you’ve purchased Titanfall 2, your investment includes a full single player campaign, the full multiplayer maps and modes, and long-term support with no hidden costs. You can pre-order the game to play 3 days early, but it will never cost you extra.”
As ever I think this is always the best way to go. In Star Wars Battlefront at the moment if you stump up the cash for the Season Pass, some of the new maps and game types are nearly impossible to find a match on. Even in a game as big as that there’s just not enough players to keep healthy populations between all the difference versions. Rainbow Six Siege does this type of thing excellently, dropping a map and a couple of new operators every two months. Ubisoft’s cash then comes exclusively from cosmetics like skins and masks. See Overwatch for a similar scenario.
In effect this makes Titanfall 2 $50 cheaper than the complete Battlefield 1 experience, does this sway your purchase? Should maps and modes always be free? Let us know!