LEGO and 2K’s upcoming open world racing game has shed some new details on its Drive Season Pass, with an overview of what fans who cough up extra for the game can expect in Year 1.
LEGO 2K Drive will be released on 19 May 2023 on all major consoles and platforms, and as we approach the release date, we’re beginning to get a better idea of the monetisation baked into the core experience.
For the uninitiated, especially parents that are considering picking up this game, a season pass is a a form of video game monetization in which consumers purchase a discounted package for current and future downloadable content (DLC) packs (via Wiki)
Here’s a look at the content that you’ll get if you opt for the Drive Pass, with one year of additional content. You can either buy the Drive Pass on its own (if you buy the base game), or it will be includedwhen you buy the The Awesome Edition or The Awesome Rivals Edition.
- The Awesome Edition will be available for $99.99* and includes a new vehicle, vehicle flair, and an in-game LEGO minifigure. Players will also receive the Year 1 Drive Pass, which will introduce an all-new biome, in addition to four individual post-launch seasons of Drive Pass content, each with new vehicles and themes.
- The Awesome Rivals Edition will be available for $119.99* and includes multiple new vehicles, a vehicle flair, and in-game LEGO minifigures. Players will also receive the Year 1 Drive Pass, which will introduce an all-new biome, in addition to four individual post-launch seasons of Drive Pass content, each with new vehicles and themes.
There will be 4 seasons, with Season 1 dropping in June 2023, Season 2 in Autumn 2023, Season 3 in Winter 2023 and Season 4 in Spring 2024. (all seasons are Northern Hemisphere).
The Drive Pass will include new challenges and 100 levels to play through spread out throughout the seasons, as well as a brand new biome (world). There will also be new vehicles, minifigure drivers, flairs, sounds, brick packs, and other rewards thrown in.
On the upside, there is no expiry date for the Drive Pass, unlike how other microtransaction-heavy games operate where Battle or Season Passes expire, and you won’t get to play with them after a specific time period, which is a good sign.
That said, I still think you need to be wary of the predatory structures surrounding games which has large swaths of characters, and gameplay features locked behind a paywall. You can almost guarantee that all the cool features, vehicles and characters will have to be unlocked via real money.
Remember that just purchasing the Drive Pass won’t automatically unlock all content, as the Season Pass gives you 550 Coins you can use in Unkie’s Emporium, to purchase new vehicles, minifigures and more. You are of course encouraged to spend real money to add more coins for all the coolest cosmetics and characters. We won’t know the extent of this until the game releases.
Read my initial report on the LEGO 2K Drive announcement, for a better understanding 2K’s less-than-ideal reputation within the gaming industry.
Just something to keep in mind, when deciding which version of LEGO 2K Drive to pre-order, especially when the prices scale up pretty quickly depending on which version you select.
See the different prices of 2K Drive:
- The Standard Edition – US$69.99 / £59.99 / €69,99 / AU$99.95
- The Awesome Edition – US$99.99 / £84.99 / €99,99 / AU$149.99
- The Awesome Rivals Edition -US$119.99 / £104.99 / €19,99 / AU$179.95
Check out some of the newer gameplay videos and features on LEGO 2K’s Youtube channel
An absolute disgrace that Lego felt it was appropriate to work with this trashfire of a studio that makes most of its money selling gambling to children. Barely better than working with Actiblizz IMO, and they at least saw fit to cancel that partnership