To some players, a Season Pass is simply no fun. Being asked to pay for extra content on top of the $60 purchase you just made can be a real pain. Fortunately, some developers are seeing the benefit of offering free downloadable content alongside their efforts – and Ubisoft is the latest to join the party.
The publisher has announced that with its forthcoming medieval battle game For Honor, players won’t need to pay for additional content, as all maps and modes that are introduced within the game will be free to download.
“We didn’t want to split the community,” noted game director Damien Kiekan, according to Eurogamer. “So everything that's matchmade (including) new modes and new maps, will be given for free to the players. We’ll also have other free content. We are a big team supporting the game after launch.”
However, one area where the team has remained mum – and made no specific mention – is with additional characters for the game. Now, For Honor will have plenty of classes and warriors to choose from, but Ubisoft hasn’t said anything about new characters that would need to be paid for.
Ubisoft followed a similar business set-up with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, offering a good portion of content being offered for no charge, including new maps, and offering new operators to be added to the game either with in-game credits or cash. For Honor could follow a similar system, enabling players that don’t want to buy the content to earn it instead. Technically, that’s still free, so if Ubisoft followed that system, we wouldn’t mind so much.
Besides, that Rainbow Six set-up worked in favor of the game, as it’s now got ten million active players – not bad for a game of its type.
We’ll see how For Honor fares – and what’s offered with its DLC model -- when it arrives on February 14th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.