Gears of War 4 Season Pass detailed, available to pre-order

gears of war 4 crewThe Coalition and Xbox have chainsawed the lid open on what contents the Gears of War 4 season pass will contain. You can pre-order the game in advance of it’s October 11th release date which is rather premature, but at least we know what to expect post launch!

What instantly struck me was the fact that there will be a total of 24 additional maps made available over the course of the year once the game launches. That means there will be two maps each month, every month! That’s promising DLC!

However, the price of the Season Pass is rather hard to swallow. You’re looking at an additional $50 on top of the base game, so if you find it hard to hand over that much in one go, maybe start saving for it now. Or wait until more DLC drops before buying the pass separately.

As well as the promise of extra maps, you will also gain access to a Developer Playlist that will allow you to play new maps and modes in advance of their official launch, in order to playtest them for bugs and glitches. It’s a bit of a weird offering, and could otherwise be defined as early access.

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The season pass also includes exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins, as well as access to six Gears Packs – the new unlockable cards purchased with in-game credits through match play – which unlocks new skins and characters for use in multiplayer. You also gain access to the game four days before launch if you decide to go for the Ultimate Edition!

Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition includes:

  • Gears of War 4 ($59.99 USD value)
  • Gears of War 4 Season Pass ($49.99 USD value)
    • Includes exclusive Vintage VIP Pack featuring Vintage JD and two Vintage weapon skins, permanent access to 24 additional DLC maps (two per month for a year) for private play on dedicated servers, an exclusive Developer Playlist that grants access to new maps, modes, and features that can be tested prior to broad release and six Gear Packs (which unlock character and weapon skins, emblems, equipment and boosts)
  • A limited edition SteelBook®
  • Early Access to Gears of War 4 on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, four days before the game’s worldwide launch.

I wrote a bit of an opinion piece on Season Passes yesterday, about how they’re good, bad and sometimes…yes, ugly.

[Update] Additionally, an even bigger edition has since been revealed, a $250 Collector’s Edition, which comes with all of the content from the Ultimate Edition, and adds in a 19-inch statue of main character JD Fenix riding a COG bike. It also includes a frag grenade keychain (I want this!) and unique packaging, along with some in-game content in the form of three “Gears Crates.”

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[Source: Xbox Wire]

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