There won't be any single-player expansions for Nathan Drake's next adventure, but you'd better believe there will be multiplayer add-ons. Since extensive downloadable content offerings continue to proliferate, if you're going to buy into the DLC plans for your favorite Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox 360 title, then you might as well save some money with a Season Pass bundle scheme that packs several add-ons into a single discounted purchase. Following in the footsteps of games such as Mortal Kombat and L.A. Noire, Sony has announced that Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for the PlayStation 3 will offer several post-release DLC packs as part of a Season Pass bundle that it's calling the Fortune Hunters' Club. A $25 prepay commitment will snag you the first seven multiplayer expansions. Here are the details from the PlayStation Blog:
The Fortune Hunters’ Club DLC program entitles you to the first four multiplayer map packs and the first three multiplayer skin packs for UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception with the first DLC release coming in November. Pre-order now for only $24.99 and immediately score the exclusive Fortune Hunters’ Club THEME, then with each DLC release you will receive an XMB message on your PS3 linking you directly to the content on the PlayStation Store! Valued at over $45.00, these DLC releases will be must-haves for any UNCHARTED fan.
If you're planning to dig deep into this latest Uncharted experience, then the club is definitely the way to go. We talked a bit about Season Passes on Episode 61 of Power Button and while I generally approve of the prepay bundle plan, I still think that it's a bit shady that all of this DLC is planned out and for sale before the actual game is released. I always appreciate a good discount, but I still can't help but think that we're being gouged here for content that in the old pre-PS3/X360 days would have been included on the retail disc. Sometimes I think that pricing the DLC at a bundled discount just encourages the publishers to raise the overall price of DLC in order to make the Season Pass look like a tremendous deal. There's $45 of extra content coming for Uncharted 3 in addition to the $60 price of the basic game. That's $105 for the whole experience, and even then there may be more DLC coming after this, as Sony specifies that this bundle includes the first four map packs and first three skin packs. A fifth map pack or fourth skin pack would cost more money on top of the Season Pass price. The more I hear about Uncharted 3, the more I think I may just rent the game when it releases next month to play the single-player story and wait to buy the inevitable "Game of the Year" re-release next year that includes all of the DLC for no additional cost. Getting the complete experience of a given video game is starting to become more expensive than I'm comfortable with paying.