The decision made by 2K and GB raises a rather subjective question of, “What do you expect to get if you purchase a Season Pass”. The same as what people expect to have included in a full priced game versus free-to-play or cheaper games. They had said there would also be micro-transactions in the game, so what does each individual expect to be in Season Pass, and in micro-transactions?
Now, personally I have no problems with cosmetic only micro-transactions. Would I prefer all of these options to be automatically included in a game where a heavy draw is being able to tweak how your character looks? Of course. Ignoring everything else, so far the micro-transactions in BB are rather fair. It’s for completely optional cosmetic items, and you can purchase exactly what you want unlike in OW (which while you CAN, at the moment, get all available skins in game, it is heavily luck based with the micro-transactions being luck based as well). IF they add micro-transactions for gear boxes, credit/xp boosts, then I will be unhappy with their model. Probably the only way to make their model fairer, is to be able to purchase the item directly, rather than buying a currency where you will have left-overs. But honestly, you’d probably end up paying the same price anyway.
Does the fact you purchased the Season Pass (which I did) mean you should receive ALL skins and taunts? They do say there will be exclusive skins and taunts for Season Pass, but they don’t specify all future skins and taunts will be included. Is it ok to have specific ones for Season Pass holders, and additional ones for ‘Platinum DLC’? Maybe 2K and GB need to now be clearer about how many skins and taunts will be included with the Season Pass, and an idea of when they’ll be released. Will they just come in random patches like the platinum skins? Or will they be released with each DLC story mission that comes with the Season Pass?
Should 2K and GB have given Season Pass holders a little added bonus that wasn’t stated as being past of the Season Pass (like maybe Platinum for one skin)? They’ve given something that wasn’t in the Season Pass material already in the early access to new characters. When the information about what would be included in the Season Pass was released, it only states they holders would receive a key to unlock them straight away. We assumed that this would be at the same time everyone else got access, but we wouldn’t have to pay credits or complete a challenge. They only announced that Season Pass holders would get early access as well as a free unlock when they announced the release date for Alani. Maybe a little bit of Platinum could have gone a long way in regards to good will considering ‘Platinum DLC’ content came out before Season Pass content (I’m excluding Alani’s early access because it wasn’t originally stated as being part of the Season Pass).
So, while I’m ok with their model for micro-transactions as it stands, I do think things could have been handled a little better with it’s release. Also, that they definitely need to clear up what we can really expect from the Season Pass, and some idea of when.