The newest iteration of the WWE video game franchise is nearly upon us once again and while the game is stacked full of characters, there's plenty of content that can be locked behind a DLC wall, because this is the video game industry after all. There will be a number of additional characters, moves, and various ways to boost your created WWE superstar coming over the next several months. All of the DLC will be made available through different DLC packs or you'll be able to purchase them all as part of the Season Pass for the low, low price of half the cost of the base game, $30.
There will be seven different DLC packs released for the game according to 2K Games. The Accelerator pack will retail for $4.99 and will give you early access to all unlockable content that is available when the game launches as well as the ability to modify rankings and player attributes for all playable characters.
The Future Stars Pack will give you access to a few of WWE's newest superstars, along with up and coming members of the NXT roster. Specifically, you get Austin Aries, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, Mojo Rawley and Tye Dillinger. The pack will cost $8.99 by itself.
The Hall of Fame Showcase Pack, at $9.99, lets you play through several classic, and a few infamous, professional wrestling bouts, including:
Cactus Jack and Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael "PS" Hayes) (WCW Saturday Night 1992)
The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts and Michael "PS" Hayes) vs. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich (WCCW 1986)
Ivory vs. Jacqueline (SmackDown 2000)
Sting (gold and black tights) vs. Ric Flair (Clash of Champions 1988)
Sting (n.W.o. Wolfpac ring gear) vs. Bret Hart (WCW Halloween Havoc 1998)
Papa Shango vs. The Godfather (Dream Match)
Big Boss Man (with Albert) vs. The Big Show (Armageddon 1999)
The Legends Pack will give you more characters to play with including the late Eddie Guerrero, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Sycho Sid, and Tatanka. That one will cost $8.99
There will also be a new moves pack for $3.99, a MyPlayer Kick Start Pack which will give you created superstar numerous boosts (only on Xbox One and PS4) for $9.99, and an NXT pack. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 version of the DLC (they still make games for those?) Will give you characters Nia Jax, Apollo Crews, and Shinsuke Nakamura for $3.99. The Xbox One/PS4 version will give you the characters, along with a 50% point boost while playing through the NXT part of the MyCareer mode. It will cost $9.99
On the one hand, this is certainly a lot of content. However, It's difficult to argue that it's all worth another 50% on top of the cost of the game itself. We also can't help but notice that the three packs that include additional superstars, the DLC that will probably be the most attractive to players, essentially cost $30 themselves on current gen consoles, which is surely meant to convince everybody to pony up the extra few bucks and just get the Season Pass.
Are you an annual purchaser of the WWE game series? If so, we'd love to know if you'll be picking up the Season Pass as well, as or just cherry picking any of the individual packs. Let us know in the comments.