Titanfall‘s changing a lot of things up when it comes to multiplayer shooters, but there are at least two things that won’t change: map packs and season passes.
In addition to free content promised by Respawn boss Vince Zampella, like a private match mode, Titanfall will be getting three map packs. The packs can be purchased separately or together as part of a Season Pass plan.
The season pass will run $24.99 US across all three Microsoft platforms – a savings of $5 over separate purchases. PC users get a further edge in the ‘Digital Deluxe’ edition available through Origin. If you’re confident from the beta that you’re ready to go whole-hog with Titanfall, the Digital Deluxe edition gets you the game and season pass for $80, essentially dropping the price by another $5.
Interestingly, the collector’s edition of the game, which comes with an art book, a poster, and an 18-inch light up Titan statue for $250, does not come with the season pass. The only way to get the season pass with the game is that Digital Deluxe PC edition. There are still have a few days left to decide if it’s worth it without the season pass, but from the tone of the interview and the FAQ on the Titanfall site’s post, it seems like the collector’s edition was put together before the pass details were finalized.
While Titanfall is still moving ahead with map packs, Zampella said in an interview with Gamespot that Respawn isn’t interested in microtransactions. You can decide if map packs fit your definition of micro, but there won’t be any options to purchase packs of burn cards or ways to accelerate your experience generation by making your wallet lighter. Along with the recent release of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare‘s absence of microtransactions, this is a good trend from Electronic Arts that we’d love to see continue.