It looks like another top EA franchise is giving up on the ridiculous notions of contemporary DLC business models. This is the one I despise most, too. Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t have a Season Pass.
When asked directly about whether or not Mass Effect: Andromeda would offer a Season Pass on Twitter, BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn said “Nope!” He left it at that.
When the same Twitter user asked Flynn about the potential DLC, if it would be free and if it would be connected to the game’s story, Flynn said “We’ll talk more about that later :).”
— Aaryn Flynn (@AarynFlynn) January 7, 2017
Why are Season Passes so bad?
When companies sell Season Passes, they basically let gamers buy DLC at a small discount. Sounds good, right? The problem is that the Season Pass goes on sale before the game even launches, and players are asked to cough up cash for DLC before companies even show the actual stuff off.
They’re asking for money without the product in hand. It’s like pre-ordering, only you have to pay the full cost up front and there’s no way to get a refund.
EA’s starting to eschew bad DLC models one at a time these days. First, Titanfall 2 will offer free maps and modes to all players and now Mass Effect won’t have a Season Pass. This is good news, folks.