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Arkham City's Catwoman locked behind Online Pass

For the past few weeks, rumors of Batman: Arkham City's Online Pass have been making the rounds, with some rumblings pointing towards sections of the singleplayer campaign being locked for used-game purchasers. Today, Warner Bros. has finally let the cat out of the bag, revealing that the rumors are, indeed, true... to a point.

While Arkham City's campaign will be available to everyone who buys the game without limitations, the previously-announced Catwoman segments, which expand on singleplayer by adding playable Catwoman chapters, will be included via Online Pass with new copies of the game.

All new copies of Batman: Arkham City come with an online pass to download the Catwoman content, which consists of four chapters that take place during Arkham's story, as well as opening up the character for use in the Riddler's Revenge challenge maps. She'll still show up in the game either way, as she plays a role in the game's story (and it would be really awkward to have her edited out just because), but to actually slip on her tight, leather outfit and go for a stroll you'll need to either purchase a new copy of the game or spend $10 to buy her content.

Odds are this will negatively affect very few of you out there, unless you had planned on waiting to pick up one of the most anticipated games of the year, but it's still good to know. At the very least, it means you should get your Xbox 360 or PS3 chat pads ready - every second you spend fumbling with the controller is a second you're not playing the game, and that's simply not an option.

Oct 13, 2011

49 comments

  • jackthemenace - October 14, 2011 3:08 p.m.

    ... The main thing I've taken from this is that DLC-ish characters have their own story segments. So On November 1st, Nightwing will finally have a playable story, of sorts, in a video game. That is what I'm taking away from this. NOTHING ELSE.
  • IceBlueKirby - October 13, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Guess I'll have to get it for PS3, since my only option will be to use my wireless connection to download this.
  • SerpentineZERO - October 13, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Now, i don't totally oppose the online pass stuff, but how the hell does it work for people who aren't connected to the Internet with their consoles? This isn't a problem for me, but still, come the hell on.
  • marioman50 - October 13, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    SOOO FREAKING STUPID!
  • md1292 - October 13, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    This upsets me because I currently don't have a wired internet connection (I have the Xbox 360 Pro from 2006). I only have wireless capabilities (which is how I'm typing this right now). So even though I plan on attending the midnight launch at my local GameStop, I won't be able to access all of the game's features? That's simply unfair.
  • pwz414 - October 19, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    My sediments exactly. I had no idea until the code promt screen appeared. Advertising and selling items that aren't even in the game, but you pay for them none the less:/ I'm not looking at the game's case right now, but if it reads "play as Catwoman" without a disclaimer, there may be some legal issues here as well. Bad form WB, RS, and DC. Guess I have to take my XBOX over to my neighbor's, who is kind enough to help me. What's the point of all this? Money, I'm sure, but how does it change hands here?
  • JudeDude92 - October 13, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    -.- God****it! BF3 was my fall game...and now this is re-tempting me. I want Catwoman!!!
  • CrashmanX - October 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    At this rate for the next installment I'm just going to have to BUY the Disc (Used for say $40) and then buy a $20 pass so I can play my single player game. This is stupid. I can understand multiplayer stuff to a point, but this is going too far. Cutting out content because you're being greedy? Why not just do entire game downloads? This is just dumb.
  • MidianGTX - October 13, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Are the people who worked tirelessly to bring you the game really the greedy ones? Or is it you, the user who contributed nothing but wants the result at a fraction of the price? I've got nothing against used game sales, but I've also got nothing against developers being paid for their work.
  • SteampunkJim - October 13, 2011 7 p.m.

    That's the point, dumb dumb. They're trying to get you to buy the game new, not used. If you want good games, then support the developer and don't buy used.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - October 13, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    I absolutely loved Arkham Asylum, but I will definitely be waiting on this one. I have the strong feeling that they are going to absolutely drown people with DLC on this game. So, I'll wait a year and pick up the GOTY edition. I've finally been able to convince myself to stop buying games on day one and waiting until they become a bit cheaper. And, this whole online pass thing is kind of screwed up. I can see blocking off multiplayer with a pass, but part of the actual campaign? Seriously, I feel bad for the players that buy the game new and don't have Internet connections.
  • pwz414 - October 19, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Thanks for the condolences :(
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 13, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    putting aside issues of used/new games for a moment, what about people who arnt connected to xbox live/psn, they might be a minority but they still exist and not allowing them to play certain portions of a game even if they buy it new seems disgraceful to me
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - October 13, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    It's not such a minority. About half of the people I work with live in areas where there is no internet, cable, satellite services.
  • TheZigMan - October 13, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    Do they eat grits, drink moonshine and play the banjo too? No internet...pffft
  • SteampunkJim - October 13, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Good for them. I'm a big fan of anything that puts more money in the hands of talented developers, and less in the hands of horrid businesses like Gamestop.
  • laserwulf - October 13, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    As much as I want to play Arkham City, my gaming backlog is big enough that I can vote with my wallet, at least until it significantly drops in price. The whole concept of online passes is anti-consumer, uses flimsy "logic", and has an air of entitlement that strikes me as arrogant, especially for luxury goods like video games.
  • Jayseph - October 13, 2011 2 p.m.

    Ok I can see the reasoning but what about all those poor sods who buy the game brand new but for whatever reason aren't online? They're being punished.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - October 13, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    yeah, ive just posted something similar... especially as were talking campaign missions

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