Star Wars Battlefront season pass details revealed-and they come at a price

A smouldering downed craft

As details of the season pass for Star Wars Battlefront are revealed and the beta version of the game comes to an end, there's been a number of users complaining about the price.

The Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass will bring four expansion packs for the future and two week early access to expansion content. The pass for the EA game is going to cost £39.99.

Some have pointed out it's not much less that the game itself for PC - £49.99 or £54.99 for the deluxe edition.

The price won't surprise many gamers, but that doesn't mean it's going down well online.

Here's what you need to know

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Image caption What's that coming over the hill?

The Star Wars Battlefront season pass will take you to new locations and have what EA and DICE games describe as an "exclusive 'Shoot First' emote".

It's not enough for some.

Season passes aren't new of course.

One of the first was back in 2011 with L.A. Noire's "Rockstar Pass".

The idea is you pay up front for future content. It should cost you less than buying each chunk individually as it's made available, assuming you're going to buy each instalment in the first place.

What's probably not in it is the Battle of Jakku downloadable content. That's due in December and is linked to the film the Force Awakens.

So how does Battlefront's pass compare?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion Pass is £19.99, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Season pass comes in at £34.99.

Dan Maher, aka @MrPointyHead, who presents and produces gaming shows, told Newsbeat: "Season passes are pretty much standard now... but it's never totally clear what the future expansion content will be, you don't necessarily know it's going to be any good... it's a gamble at the end of the day"

He flagged up the experience some had with the first batches of downloadable content for Batman: Arkham Knight. It was criticised as underwhelming, with episodes not giving enough additional gaming time.

Value wise it's often a gamble
Dan Maher
Gaming TV Presenter

When Newsbeat contacted EA about the cost of a season pass a spokesman simply said:"We don't have any additional comment on the pricing."

Star Wars Battlefront is predicted to earn £2.9bn for publisher EA. The company revised its forecast for revenue after strong pre-orders.

Other Editions?

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Image caption Um seriously - watch out - INCOMING!

An Ultimate Edition will be made up of the Deluxe Edition plus the season pass.

It'll be £95.

Modes man - what about modes?

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Image caption Is that father and son at it again?

The beta version showed us Walker Assault and Drop Zone. It looks like Supremacy, Blast, Fighter Squadron, Droid Run and Cargo are certain (they're already greyed out in the beta).

We now also have Hero Hunt.

It's seven versus one format. One player will be the hero (or villain of course, depending on your point of view)- Luke or Vader etc. The others have to beat them with lesser beings, troopers.

Beta, going, going...gone

Dan Maher enjoyed the beta before it went offline today. He says the game looks like a genuine step forward rather than essentially a rehash of what's come before.

He says: "It was a fantastic taster, it looked really good, beautiful... it made people confident that the final project will live up to expectations."

Lots of people felt the same on social media. But obviously not all...

The game's released on the 17 November. It'll compete for the Christmas market with some other biggies, including Halo 5: Guardians and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

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