While the news of Batman: Arkham Knight‘s PC problems have dominated the headlines this week, you might remember all of the controversy about the game’s DLC prior to launch. In another astonishing gaffe from Warner Bros. Interactive, the game’s publisher began to sell a $40 season pass for DLC that hadn’t even been announced yet.
Backlash ensued and Warner Bros. soon revealed that some of the DLC would be dedicated to Batgirl, called ‘A Matter of Family’. We now have a release date for that extra content, as well as a price. More on Batgirl’s Arkham Knight content after the break.
Batgirl DLC Release Date + Price
Warner Bros. says that A Matter of Family will be a “prequel story expansion” that takes places in an “entirely new location”. The Batgirl you’ll be playing as here is Barbara Gordon (who plays wheelchair-bound Oracle in the main game), though you will also be able to play as Robin in some points as part of the dual play feature. There will be also be various missions, side quests, secrets and a new hacking mechanic too.
The publisher has also announced that the DLC’s release date is July 14 for season pass holders (July 21 for non pass holders) and that it will cost $6.99 in North America and £5.80 in the UK. For some reason, the DLC is a lot more expensive in the UK than it is in the US (it’s just over $2/£1.40 more expensive) but that’s not the only reason why fans are upset.
Given that Warner Bros. and developer Rocksteady Studios still haven’t fixed the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, fans are saying that they should be focused on that, rather than trying to sell us some extra Batgirl-themed content that players on PC can’t even play at the moment. And though some have pointed that the DLC was most likely completed before Arkham Knight was released, Warner Bros. allegedly knew about the PC problems long before the game launched, so that’s a bit of a moot point.
Another pressing question is how Warner Bros. and Rocksteady expect Arkham Knight players to have faith in this Batgirl expansion when Harley Quinn’s DLC, which was offered as a pre-order bonus, was not only short but it was regarded as offensive too. It seems unlikely that either company will address these points for fear of setting off another PR disaster, but we’ll bring you more news on this debacle as it happens.
Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on July 14/July 21, 2015.