LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham arrives in November and will be the latest major entry in the popular series; it's coming to Wii U while there'll also be an alternative version on 3DS. Warner Bros. Interactive has now announced day one DLC for the title along with a Season Pass. The trouble is that the Wii U isn't listed as a platform for the Season Pass, with its fate on the individual DLC packs being unclear.
The following content has been confirmed for the Season Pass on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
The Dark Knight Pack (available launch day)
Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort. Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.
Man of Steel Pack (available launch day)
Help Jor-El, his wife Lara and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-el” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.
Batman 75th Pack (available launch day)
Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.
Access to Future DLC Content
Gain access to three additional game packs, featuring new playable characters, vehicles and levels. Details about the additional content will be revealed at a later date.
In total there'll be six DLC packs, each with a mission level that can also be played in Free Play — over 40 characters, vehicles and customisations will be included across the packs. The Season Pass will cost $14.99 / £12.79, with each individual pack costing $2.99 / £2.55 — we've reached out for clarification on whether individual packs will be available on Wii U.
It's surprising that this Season Pass DLC isn't listed for Wii U at present, especially as Nintendo versions of these games typically perform relatively well — better than on PC, at least. Whether there are issues and limitations with the Wii U infrastructure — such as the eShop — with season passes is unclear.
Are you frustrated or even surprised by this news? Let us know.
If we get the actual DLC then no biggie. But if we don't even get that well I can keep playing lego marvel and the hobbit. I am not a fan of having my choices artificially limited so I won't buy it on any other system either.
Wow even Lego games Season Pass (possibly all the DLC too) is skipping Wii U. After those numbers came out about how many Wii U owners are connected to the eShop, I expected Wii U to at least get DLC
DLC in a LEGO game unnerves me. Doesn't belong.
wtf? Is there something about the eshop that makes it more cumbersome to release DLC or something?
And 3rd parties wonder why there games don't sell on Nintendo platforms...
I wonder if they ever started any Lego City DLC. I remember them saying they were going to make it possible but I am pretty sure that game failed to meet expectations.
@ACK next they'll be charging per brick!
@Kogorn733 I can't see what it could be. AC3 had DLC right from the beginning, games like Zen Pinball don't seem to have any issues with DLC.
Maybe Nintendo ask for too much money but I suspect it's because they think DLC just doesn't sell on Wii U unless it's made by Nintendo.
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@mystman12 my thoughts exactly
And as everyone knows they don't add DLC because they don't think people will by the game, but since they dont add it for the wii U people will stay away from the Wii U version. They then blame the fans for the games failure
This is no surprise to me since WB seems to hate the Wii U and pulled the season pass for Batman Arkham: Origins even though people (myself included) had already bought it.
oh come on, Season passes arnt exactly "mature".
I think this is more them being lazy then anything.
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@originaljohn The market doesn't want specific third party support, it has nothing to do with the excuses. However, in this case LEGO games sell well enough to warrant a release each time, so that excuse doesn't make any sense.
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I am beginning to wonder if a lot of this DLC stuff, Nintendo may be directly involved too and possibly causing problems.
@ikki5 Why wouldn't they be? Its their platform!
This is especially stupid considering the Lego games sell very well on Nintendo hardware and the WiiU still has outsold the XboxOne. They seem to be just randomly be punishing WiiU owners because, hey, Nintendo sux!
@Nintenjoe64 actually there were coments from the Zen Pinball guys recently saying it's a lot of hassle to do DLC which is why it takes them so long to release it on Ninty platforms.
Not surprised its not the first time it happens and it won't be the last. We still don't have the DLC for Injustice here in Sweden.
@Punished_Boss They also have a weird look at DLC. They seem to talk about doing DLC "right" when a lot of others don't. Though i do like how they treat DLC, I have to wonder if they cause a few complications when other try for DLC on their own service.
I knew this was coming
@arronishere I didn't realise that, heard lots of other complaints though. I still can't see what it could be in 2014 that would make it so hard for them to approve DLC or updates. It does seem like the majority of publishers have these problems on eshop but then there's random little things that get patched quickly.
Maybe they only have one person doing this role. Maybe they actually do use Pikmin.
So when Lego Hobbit 2 Battle of the 5 Armies releases only as DLC are we still sure the Wii U is getting it? It's the main reason I haven't purchased the game yet but most people thought me crazy for even proposing such a scenario.
Since I just wrote a post saying I hated in app purchases I guess I can't be too upset about this, but I did make an allowance for 1 time DLC like Zen Pinball does.
The entire concept of Season passes disturbs me. And that was long before Nintnedo started letting us pay for DLC now that won't be out until May 2015.
And Day 1 DLC? Well people have written about that ad nasuem, if it's done, put it in the game, PER-I-OD.
If they already know there will be dlc, and how much there will be, then it is far enough in development to be in the damn game, especially if some of it is day one dlc. This is the worst kind of dlc: cut content. If it was free on launch day then fine, but it's not. Warner Bros, your final chance at getting any kind of money from me has just vanished.
ya, why would you wanna offer the Wii U owners the season pass of a LEGO BATMAN game? being very sarcastic god, it's like these game companies are getting dumber each year!!!! ><
Game not even released, DLC announced... Am I the only one here that is entierely bothered by this?
Well then, guess ill be getting the PS4 version then.
It's a good thing Nintendo is backing this thing, because I'm starting to get the feeling that Western publishers almost want to sink it.
Guys, just take it as a compliment. These companies know us Nintendo fans aren't going to pay for this drivel because we expect full, complete games that aren't designed around add-on purchases.
I thought the Lego games sell really good on the Nintendo systems???? Why would you skip this opportunity???
Well I won't be buying the game I guess.
I'm one of the people that got the arkham origins season pass, then got it refunded.
Also I am someone that brought the 4 Injustice characters, and never saw the final 2.
They don't get 3 strikes with me. I may buy the game bc my daughter likes to play it, but they can keep their half-explicative DLC.
I guess it is popular to blame Nintendo, and maybe it is even correct. If that is the case these devs need to lay it on the line and spell out in public what the problems are, because otherwise is just looks lazy, greedy, and/or incompetent.
I will be getting this game....on the PS4. It's a shame Wii U isn't getting the DLC. I'm still upset that the are releasing DLC on the same day the game launches.
This type of DLC would seem a means of getting more money from an initial purchase, plus making some money on second hand sales.
It's odd though, does 'porting' DLC to Wii U cost more than they could make with potential sales, as I can only think the motivation is profit, and not to annoy Wii U owners... yet they may end up with an 'incomplete' version, even if they would like to purchase the content.
Launch day DLC for a Lego game? I was actually getting hyped up for this because of Adam West. Now I know I won't get it on anything till there is a complete release further down the road.
I can't see how they could possibly use the eshop infrastructure as an excuse. We just got the equivalent of a season pass in Mario Kart and Mario Golf on 3DS has had it for a while.
I had both of those happen to me.
Why are people even buying LEGO games with DLC? Of all the games where DLC makes sense, LEGO should be the last considering LEGO games only grew in size as time went on and now they're going in the opposite direction. Seriously, the LEGO games used to be a good value and now they are just ripping gamer's off. The amount of content was one of the main reasons people were willing to put up with the MANY bugs and glitches in LEGO games as well as the repetitive game design.
-LEGO Star Wars 1 & 2 were combined into the Complete Saga with additional content.
-LEGO Pirates included all 4 films
-LEGO Batman 2 was easily twice the size of LEGO Batman 1 (if not more)
-LEGO Lord of the Rings covered all 3 movies and then some
-LEGO Hobbit only covers the first 2 movies and forces players to get DLC to complete the story (the third movie).
-LEGO Batman 3 is now cutting levels, playable characters and vehicles that would have normally been unlockable through gameplay
Also, why is it that indie developers can easily update their games, set their own release dates and have largely had nothing but praise for the eShop while we are expected to believe that these massive third party's are having trouble with Nintendo's online system (online multiplayer, adding DLC, etc.)?
I'm sure TT wanted to bring this but nooooo Warner Bros has to make the decisions. What benefits would this bring them anyway?
That's too bad. I have barely even started Lego Batman 2 on Wii U so I'll probably finish that before thinking about buying its sequel. Plus I haven't gotten the Marvel Lego game yet either. I'm sure the game is full enough that the missing DLC won't be missed by me.
Before Lego games were great, what happened? I was going to buy this game at launch, but now since Wii U owners will have an incomplete game i think i´ll save that money for games like Bayonetta 2 where we´ll get 2 COMPLETE GAMES.
"Whether there are issues and limitations with the Wii U infrastructure — such as the eShop — with season passes is unclear."
I expect better from you, Nintendo Life. Especially when Mario Kart just got a season pass and the 3DS can also do season passes (Mario Golf).
Here is the "technical" reason. WB games canceled a Batman game Season pass on Wii U (as they decided they couldn't be bothered to port DLC as there were too few sales). As a result people were refunded ($20, I think it was even the full pass cost). They want to keep the option of not releasing all the DLC this time without having any penalties...(as season pass buyers there got released DLC for free basically but the big part was never seen on Wii U)
@TreonsRealm - I Agree!
Lego Batman was a great game with lots of content and puzzles and the villain missions were really a nice way to extend the playtime, if it were released today, the villain missions would be DLC.
Lego Indiana Jones was pretty brilliant, and the sequel added some nice things to the series like split screen 2 player and deeper collect-a-thon elements.
I think I started to notice the decline with Lego Batman 2...while still a good game, the open world Gotham felt dead and sloppy. Once you unlocked Superman pretty early on, there wasn't much in the way of tricky puzzles and the whole second half of the game was fighting that Joker robot.
Lego City Undercover was a nice bright spot, but it sadly didn't perform to expectations and I think that angered the developers.
Oh well...sad to see Lego games with "Season Passes" and day one DLC, and even more sad to see it deliberately skip the Wii U. The problem now, is all of the people that may skip the Wii U version because it's already being announced as an "inferior version"...which they will claim as justification for not including the extra features.
Makes perfect business sense since lego games sell more on wii u :-/ it really seems that the media and the western publishers in general are trying to phase nintendo out slowly, i wouldn't be surprised if within 10 years nintendo gave up on the west, and i would blame them for doing so.
Their at it again, ubisoft were saying wiiu owners don't buy assassins creed, but they brought out 3 when it was already out ages and black flag had no dlc coming, since black flag came out the wii u user base has practically doubled, again there spitting in every wii u owners faces!!!
@santaglause - Yup...when the Wii U didn't sell a hundred million out of the gate like the Wii did and many gamers were slow to adopt the system, they put unrealistic expectations on the small, early adopters and then started to run away before even a full year had passed.
"And Day 1 DLC? Well people have written about that ad nasuem, if it's done, put it in the game, PER-I-OD."
So, they should raise the price of the game then?
It's not like they accidentally created the content. People actively worked on it for months and got paid for it. To remain profitable they take some of the work and provide it as an extra to those who are really into the game but don't charge extra to everyone else. It's a great way to spread out costs. Plus, it's available right away for the hardcore players rather than having to wait.
I get that it feels like a cheap way to charge for stuff that's expected and it can be abused but I just don't see it as automatically a rip-off.
CHARACTERS ARE NOW DLC?
ugh I knew it wouldn't take long for Lego/Warner to join in on the fun. b*******.
Meh, if your DLC has anything to do with Man of Steel I'm not interested. Just a personal decision.
That bites, but it's unlikely I would have ever bought it anyway... I'm part of the problem!
"Holy no DLC Batman"!
"Yes Robin my scarlet and green sidekick, it's another dastidely attempt by those master criminals the Warner Brothers to upset those good citizens of the WiiU persuasion"
"To the Batmobile"
Dina dina dina Batman!
Tune in next month to see if the caped crusader and his sidekick can defeat the evil crime syndicate known as the 'Third party developers'!
Sorry but this have to be the new low for the Wii U, if even Lego games are not selling well enough on it to justify releasing a season pass, the thing is really doomed
Skipping the Wii U version? Well then so am I. I was bummed when I realised I couldn't play as Thanos in LEGO Marvel just because I got the Wii U version rather than the PS3. I'm not making the same mistake again. Weird as it sounds, this was a deal breaker.
@Nik-Davies - The biggest with that...is that people WILL go out and buy the PS3/Xbox/PS4/PC versions now...and that will further reinforce the idea that these games "don't sell" on the Wii U.
So I'm going to skip this game 100% altogether and not get it on PC. I would prefer this type of game on my Wii U where I could do off-screen multi-player. So if I can't get the version that lets me play the way I prefer, WB can keep their game and their season pass.
Sorry - no Wii U or Steam purchase from me WB...you lost a sale.
Less options are always a bummer, but truth be told I absolutely loathe day-one DLC and this season pass nonsense. I hardly ever buy DLC anyway, so this wouldn't affect me if I were to buy this game.
(Which I won't. The only way for me to buy anther Lego game is if it starts with "L" and ends with "ego City Undercover 2".)
Lesson learned: Don't buy Warner Bros titles for Wii U.
Or Ubisoft titles.
In fact, just buy Nintendo!
I hate to say it, but it does feel like third-party companies are messing-over Nintendo & WiiU-owners alot lately, and then wondering why WiiU/Nintendo fans get so upset, or don't buy their games...
They shouldn't be surprised if the WiiU version doesn't sell very well, because of this... Then instead of "fixing" said problem with the next game, and giving WiiU-owners the same "benefits/features" as the competiton, they're probably not even going to release it for WiiU, thinking the problem is that WiiU fans don't want their games, rather then the fact, they're giving the WiiU owners less features, and such... That's the kinda logic these companies have...
Most recent Lego games have sold better on PS4 and XB1 than on WiiU (according to VGChartz — only public data available).
Historically, the Wii versions were the biggest sellers but were supplanted by the X360 versions late last generation.
The problem is that selling incomplete (or can't be completed games) leads to lower sales which makes it a self-defeating proposal.
That being said, this move (especially if DLC is not available) moves the game from MAYBE to NO for me. And it will do that for a lot of people.
Finally, does anyone else feel Lego Games are about to "jump the shark"?
@AyeHaley Lego Batman 2 had DLC characters too
Another gimped port, great.
@AyeHaley I guess you forget or ignore the fact that Mario Kart 8 is getting characters as DLC? Why does that not count to you?
@Beau_Skunk You forget, companies didn't just start skipping Nintendo. The Nintendo consoles owners stopped buying 3rd party games first, then companies stopped wasting money putting extras on Nintendo consoles. Nintendo themselves are just as culpable, since they make the console. They see it as being "unique", but they put all of these gimmicks into the design, then cut the power to make the gimmicks affordable. Nintendo is the reason that 3rd parties left in droves around the N64. They gouged the developers with their exclusive cartridges with the low storage, so the devs went to the other platforms and stayed away.
@phayro he's talking about Lego characters
I'm going to assume isn't because there isn't enough support for the WiiU and stripping content from the game released for it is gonna help in some way.
Wasn't there Lego Marvel DLC that skipped the Wii U as well? Could've sworn I saw it on the playstation store. Considering getting the ps4 version now, sadly
@Kogorn733 I'm still trying to figure that out. I think there is. Maybe Nintendo is being overprotective about DLC. We had a few indie devs complaining about the DLC process on the Wii U.
I'm getting it for the Xbone anyways.
I want to say something...but I probably shouldn't.
Hopefully Wii U does get the DLC as I'd love to play The Dark Knight and Batman 75th packs. If not then they'll have lost a(nother) potential customer.
I'm a sucker for First Appearance Batman's suit and since we never got any legit Dark Knight or Dark Knight Rises games, a Lego version would be the next best thing.
I love LEGO Batman, but SIX DLC packs?! Just make a LEGO Batman 4.
Wow Wiiu owners aren't even getting DLC for a stupid lego game? Now that's hilarious.
Article doesn't say Wii U isn't getting DLC, just not getting a season pass. I'd love a clarification.
However, consider the Arkham Origins Season Pass was refunded, then it gives you 2 scenarios:
1) Nintendo paid for refund, and after being burned by WB, is being tougher on their Season Pass, and therefore, WB opted to not try.
2) WB paid for refund, and their beancounters said no-go on another Season Pass for Wii U.
It is sad that we can get leaks about SSB4 roster, but can't get the details on inside-the-industry items, as I'd really like to know.
DLC is unnecessary garbage.
It always is.
Often, it's already coded into the original (on-disc) and all this Day One stuff is garbage too.
Just a money grab.
If I've ever wanted the DLC, to any game, I find I save money off the season pass by just getting what I'll actually use.
The 'just in case you feel like it someday' excuse is a load of crap.
DLC, in and of itself, is a shameless cash grab.
I was very interested in Lego Batman 3 but I'm put off by this day one dlc stuff. It basically means that to buy the full game it'll be $65 - $75; which seems a bit pricey for a Lego game.
@aaronsullivan - "I get that it feels like a cheap way to charge for stuff that's expected and it can be abused but I just don't see it as automatically a rip-off."
Have to say I'm really surprised to see you have that opinion considering you didn't seem too happy about the very obtrusive DLC advertising for MK8. (Though I was really glad to get your email after all those Spikey Wall ones.)
And I'm not sure if its a rip-off or not, but you have to admit it sure does look that way.
Board-room convo - "OK, our game went over budget and we aren't going to sell enough copies at $60 each to make a profit, what can we take out of the game and sell separelty DAY 1 to make a few extra bucks?"
Seriously, what other way is there to explain DAY 1 DLC, b/c I can't think of any? Oh wait, got one:
Board room convo #2 - "Ok, the game looks great and it will print money, but my son is starting college and my daughter needs braces, what can we remove from the game, sell separately DAY 1, and squeeze even more money out of those suckers?"
No, it doesn't make it a rip-off, any more than $60 for 6 hours of God of War 3 is a rip-off compared to paying $8 for over 100 hours in Advance Wars (I'm trying to be clever w/ War in both titles, just play along). But it sure doesn't pass the smell test. (Did I mention it's very late?)
@mystman12 Aaaaaaaannd added to my favorites. That will come in handy.
I dislike advertising in my game experience and any entertainment experience for that matter. It's disruptive and reminds me that I'm just a $ to the entertainer not a relationship. I know it's mostly true, especially to a corporation, but I prefer to feel more connected to the designer/storyteller.
DLC doesn't have to have obtrusive advertising to be successful and it can be a great way to give fans a deeper experience without bloating the cost for regular players.
BTW, you're pretty entertaining when it's late.
The problem with raising the price is it might sell less copies. With day one DLC only the most dedicated fans will pay the additional amount while most people will be happier paying the regular price. Sorta sounds win-win to me.
The percentage of people who don't finish a game is always so high on most games that you can also see why there are shorter more amped up experiences or even DLC for more story. The average player sees a small portion of the years of work that a developer goes through. I can see the temptation to distribute the costs differently as a result.
sigh... continues to click on next article on developers and publishers being greedy and lazy
Nintendo should change the name of the consoll from WII U to VIEW. Problem solved.
...Not surprised, am frustrated.
HOWEVER, as long as we can still grab the DLC packs individually, it's all good I guess
Typical Warner decision, I'm very sure this wasn't up to TT Games to decide as they have good relations with Nintendo.
This same crap was pulled with Arkham Origins by Warner.
Edit: Also, unbelievably stupid to have launch day DLC. Why is it not on the disc normally already in the main game?
If it's launch day DLC,couldn't it just be included with pre-orders or something or at least be on the disc itself?
Nintendo consoles are not the only ones that won't get DLC, PS Vita won't get DLC neither
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