Just fifteen days before the release of Max Payne 3, Rockstar Games has announced seven downloadable content packs that will be released throughout the year.
Instead of buying each DLC pack separately, gamers can buy the Rockstar Pass for 2400 Microsoft Points or $29.99 on PSN. This effectively raises the total price of Max Payne 3 to $90 before its actual release. Typically, game companies plan for DLC but keep the news regarding the quantity and cost a secret until after the game is released. Rockstar has decided to jump the gun and reveal its full hand to gamers, letting everyone know that if they want complete access to Max Payne 3′s content roster for 2012, they will have to pay $90 up front (which includes the Rockstar Pass) or pay over $100 by buying each content pack separately.
Here’s the list of multiplayer packs announced for 2012.
Local Justice Map Pack
Disorganized Crime Map Pack
Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
New York Minute Co-Op Pack
Painful Memories Map Pack
Trickle Down Economics Map Pack
At the least, you have to commend Rockstar for its brazen honesty. The veil of secrecy has been pulled back. DLC is planned and players will have to ante up if they want to get online. The days of the $59.99 game are already drawing to a close. If you don’t already expect to pay more than $59.99 for a single-player game with online multiplayer, you should start now.