With the game out today, the first -- that's right, first -- season pass for Dead or Alive 6 is up for purchase on the PlayStation Store. As predicted by many, it looks like Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja are using the same approach with Dead or Alive 6 that they used with Dead or Alive 5. That is to say, support the title with numerous season passes, each of them costing an eye-watering $92.99/£73.99.
It goes without saying that seeing a season pass that costs more than the actual game is crazy, but we're going to try and break this down. According to the store's description of the pass, it'll give players access to a whole season of content, including at least four costume packs and two new characters -- one of them being Mai from The King of Fighters.
If you give Dead or Alive 6 the benefit of the doubt and assume that these costume packs are gonna be pretty substantial, then maybe it all adds up. That said, $93! For costumes and two characters! It still seems mental.
Clearly this is a model that worked for Dead or Alive 5, or Koei Tecmo wouldn't be pushing it a second time. We're not going to point fingers at people who enjoy Dead or Alive enough to buy these season passes, but bloody hell, $93!
[source store.playstation.com, via store.playstation.com]
No, I don’t care how many costumes there are, costumes are always overpriced to start. It can’t be more than the base game with all of it’s mechanics, characters, stages, modes, costumes, and everything. It’s just rediculous. It’s almost hard to believe people pay it.
Holy hell! That's nuts.
Just think, it's only the first one. You know there will definitely be more.
Does anyone know how many season passes Dead or Alive 5 had in the end? I'm trying to find out on the PlayStation Store but the order is totally screwed up.
I think it was like... seven? Right?
@ShogunRok After a quick search, they had 7 passes and it all equals up to $633 for the passes alone, which doesn't include the individual costumes that were sold outside of the passes. I found it on an article from Dualshockers lol.
Gimme a break. This was the one thing I was hoping they wouldn't do for this game. That price, for two characters and a bunch of cosmetics? Politely suck one.
All the people throwing fits about lady bits should focus on this instead. It may be optional, but you can't tell me this is good value for money.
That is absolutely crazy and this is only the first season pass.
@Deadlyblack That's incredible lol.
@Deadlyblack Holy cow, that's insane! Thanks for the info.
Called it in one of my comments of the review for the game. Freaking hilarious. What's crazy is there are people, a lot of people, who will pay this price for a few cosmetic things and a mere two characters. In fairness I've contributed to this problem by purchasing DLC over the years, going as high as $40 for season passes for several Assassin's Creed games.
It's hard to believe but it did work. In fact, it could be argued that season passes for Last Round saved 5 and are the main reason KT greenlit 6. I'm not sure we'd have a new game if the DLC for LR wasn't effective.
Rushes out and buys $25 SSBU season pass we'd been holding out on before they see this and change their minds.
So this game isn't even free to start, that's kinda insane, and makes the "free-to-start" games suxx haters even more hysterically ridiculous to deal with. #60tostart
It's greedy nonsense, the last game had a hundreds and hundreds of individual items for sale. Total garbage. I played the game on both PS4 and PS Vita TV and they looked identical. Minimum effort.
God help us all...
God help anyone who plays these games.
It seems more like a scheme to defraud players.
More than most, this series had turned into a Trojan Horse for $$$ DLC.
I hope this article servers as a PSA for all potential buyers: beware.
Koei Tecmo. Any other questions? XD
If they doing it again, it's because it worked last time.
On the plus side, just have to wait a year for the F2P version
remember when we was able to unlock extra things like this by playing the game instead of paying for it
and i thought EA were aggressive in their monetization
In their mind it's like they treat their game like a Free to play game. I play League of legends so I know how costly the skins can be. It's not a good thing but that's what i think. The skins are price in mind that they are releasing a free to play version.
Not surprised by this at all. I’ll just buy the KOF characters separate.
That's a crazy price for a a single season pass. I find this sort of thing to be very off-putting, there's no way I'd even consider buying the base game now.
You can own the entire DOA5 experience for the low low price of...it looks like about $1270...yup
With great DLC prices, eventually comes a free DOA6 PS Plus game of the month.
Just hope EA dont see this and get ideas.
this is just greed.
season passes with extra missions or other gameplay stuff sure that's fine aslong as it remains cheaper than the base game.
but to not only have a season pass that is more expensive than the base game but to also be it for the most part just cosmetic is just pure garbage.
if EA gets called out for their cr*p and rightfully so than so should this disgracefull practice.
to put it in comparison,uncharted the lost legacy grew into it's own game and even that was still cheaper than a full priced AAA game. this season pass on the other hand is the price of a ubisoft gold edition game!
Seems like Tecmo want their franchise to be the Apple of fighting games.
I think the main thrust of charging the estimated 700 quid is to purely see lady bits displayed in different digital costumes, so everyone should have their diamante laden french knickers in a twist, just for different reasons; That's a lot of cost for "fan service".
For costumes? Having said that DoA 5 did it and Persona 5 has a ridiculous amount of DLC and many others. Seriously what idiot spends that much money just for some costumes?
Alternatively just buy soulblade 6 on sale now for £30 from the ps store
I can already hear Jimquisition typing...
Wow $123 (canadian) season pass, ie 2 characters and custumes. I cant believe this is even legal.
People were mad when Arkham Knight had a £35 season pass, nevermind £73. I mean seriously, for the game and that one single pass you'd end up paying almost 3x the cost of what some places are selling the game for. Ridiculous.
All that money for cartoon boobs
Thats a pass for me, I'll buy the full complete edition one or two year later.
I love you Marie Rose but not that much.
Another disappointment game added to my list and more with this insane DLC price this should be considered a crime
Other fighting games do this as well like Injustice 2 and Tekken 7. You can bet the next Mortal Kombat will be similar too. I don't particularly like it or agree with it, but it is the way the industry is at the moment unfortunately. Publishers will try to keep us gamers interested in their product for as long as possible, and that means season passes for extra characters and stuff. I trying to think of another way but can't of the top of my head.
Of course they could offer it all for free, but that is not going to happen. It is rare that a game has no DLC like God Of War, but even then people complained that there should be DLC.
Honestly, it’s a better deal than loot boxes. Yeah, it’s a total rip-off, but spend $100 on Overwatch or something and I bet you STILL wouldn’t get the same amount of content.
@Deadlyblack I saw with the Jimquistion on steam it was over $1000.
@SoulsBourne128 He is right its insane.
@Jaz007 I saw someone break down the total of 63 costumes at $1.99 each and 2 DLC characters at $3.99 each (the low-end of the pricing spectrum) to get a total of $133.35 individually, so you actually get all that stuff for 30% off with the $93 price tag.
Granted, I personally would never buy a giant pack of ALL the costumes, since some of them would likely be palette swaps or dumb looking, and for characters I never use, but still...it’s not as crazy as people make it out to be, especially considering how much you can dump into any game with lootboxes and have nothing to show but a handful of skins you didn’t want and a truckload of spray decals and profile backgrounds.
There's no option to buy the costumes or characters individually right now, though. Wouldn't be surprised if that is what's annoying some people.
@Flaming_Kaiser Yeah, the passes are $633, but it skyrockets over a grand once you add all of the individual packs not included in the passes.
@keihtg The individual costumes are still over-priced
@Jaz007 If the pricing for the previous game is any indication, the costumes will be relatively expensive, but then again...it’s refreshing to see a game where you can buy the skin you want instead of RNGing for it. Like I’d definitely like to drop $5 to get a skin of my choice in Overwatch instead of opening dozens of lootboxes to no avail.
@Gamer83 Yeah, not being able to buy stuff individually yet sucks, same with not being able to upgrade to the deluxe edition ($20 for 25 costumes, most which are good IMHO). Considering they’re supposedly releasing a F2P version soon, I’m guessing it won’t be long.
@Deadlyblack Its kinda disturbing that companies go that far.
Breast physics must be hard to develop, hence the price.
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