The Battle Pass is a Crucial Breakthrough in Gaming, Here’s Why

The Battle Pass is a Crucial Breakthrough in Gaming, Here’s Why 1
  • Temtem’s roadmap includes a battle pass for monetization.
  • Some players are angry at its inclusion since Temtem is a buy-to-play game.
  • The battle pass is the fairest form of in-game monetization out there.

The new Pokemon-like MMO, Temtem, recently announced its development roadmap. Developer Crema will add creatures, cross-play, and a new island, among other things. It will also introduce a divisive battle pass by 2021.

Seen in games like Fortnite or Apex Legends, a battle pass provides players with a list of unlockable cosmetics in exchange for a small fee – usually $10 to $15 every few months.

Most battle pass games are free-to-play and exist in multiple forms of monetization. It’s rare (though not unheard of) to see one included in retail, buy-to-play titles.

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Temtem’s inclusion has some fans angry. However, it’s the best way for this game to survive.

One player accuses Temtem devs of deleting negative posts surrounding the battle pass. | Source: Twitter

The Battle Pass Is the Only Path to Survival

Microtransactions are an endlessly divisive method of monetization. What should be locked behind a paywall, and for how much? Developers and players generally disagree on what’s best, though the battle pass is a reasonable middle ground.

Game development is expensive, and some AAA titles are commercial failures. Yet, game prices have held steady at the $60 mark. Free-to-play games don’t have that initial buy-in, but developers need a return on investment, especially considering Steam’s 30% publishing cut.

Rocket League is a buy-to-play game, yet it also includes an optional battle pass. Developer Psyonix uses this to fund tournament prize pools alongside further development. | Source: Steam

The thing is, battle passes are entirely cosmetic, wholly optional, and ensure development teams can stay alive longer. Most passes re-up every couple of months, replacing the monthly subscription model used to support some online games even today. In my eyes, $10 every three months for a pass is much more attractive than $15 per month for a subscription.

Developers Are Playing the Long Game

These funds go towards a valid cause, too. In the case of Temtem, Crema notes that all funds from the pass and an eventual cosmetics store will go towards “a growing and sustainable development team.”

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Thanks to the support from ongoing monetization, Temtem will receive years of content updates for free. Only those that want to buy-in for additional cosmetic items spend extra money.

A battle pass could include alternate-colored furniture in Temtem. | Source: Steam

Analysis has proven time and time again that ongoing titles (Games-as-a-Service) make substantially more profit than buy-to-play titles. These profit margins are why you see more developers head down the service game route than they do a buy-once and play-forever model.

It’s simply cheaper to keep an existing game running than trying to develop a hit from scratch over and over again. Developers can take more risks, such as Temtem’s implementation of the Nuzlocke mode. Otherwise, such a niche addition might not be worth the resources.

Fortnite Season 2 has a brand-new battle pass. | Source: Epic Games

The gaming industry is evolving, and it has never been a better time to play. We have overarching subscription models like Microsoft’s Game Pass, but in-game monetization like the battle pass will ensure smaller, independent developers can survive for years to come.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.

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