So Battletech is still going on my GotY list. What a great game, really enjoyable. But…
Anyone else starting to feel like these two expansions are… probably offering rather less in terms of value than you’d maybe want them to?
I (along with 41,732 others) backed the game and got it for US$25. A good deal IMO, lots of fun over the 80 hours I put into it and I’ve got no doubts I could go back with a few mods and get many more hours of fun from that package. I chatted in here about what I’d like to see from any official expansions and how the announced features of mission chains and new biomes and variability to what’s currently there looks good for what I wanted to see. And then we got the pricing info.
US$40 for the Season Pass that bundles both announced expansions and a third expansion without a name or even rough date. And it’s not just that I got my copy of the base game cheap by taking a risk on backing it. On Steam I am offered the game at SRP for £35 while the Season Pass is £42 (currently discounted to “only” as expensive as the base game). I’m sure these expansions will contain a lot more game but… they’re asking for more than a straight (ie not changing price tiers) sequel. This is very much asking me to think about budgets and how I engage with this hobby (I am on the low end of the scale in terms of income so maybe I’m more sensitive to this stuff than most).
Especially given Paradox’s model for long DLC plans, it’s not even as if I’m that confident that the Season Pass won’t become a Season (Year 1) Pass as various Ubisoft games now do (games I can often basically enjoy but have to ignore the various ways they try to monetise those years of drip content) and lead to even more content at even higher prices later. I’m reminded of Cities: Skylines, another game I got at launch and loved (for about £13; SRP today: £23) enough to write about for my games of that year. For which Paradox have now released £105 of DLC. Yes, cool that you’re still extending the game three years later with new content but don’t you feel like maybe you could work on another sequel or maybe even four of them (the price of buying that piecemeal DLC)?