Fight Night Champions New Online Delivery Method
We tend to rally against online passes and frivolous DLC here, so it may seem we are on something of a downer when it comes to The Future Of Gaming. We’re not. And EA has helped to prove we’re not, by doing something that made us go ‘oh, that’s quite a good idea’.
Fight Night Champion Customisable is a new release on PSN (in the US at least, we haven’t been able to check availability in EU as of yet) that sees the Champion Mode – the story mode, essentially – from EA’s pugilistic romp available as an individual download for $4.99.
It’s basically the Lego version of digital distribution we expected to see more of over the last few years. While clearly an experiment on EA’s part – Fight Night Champion isn’t exactly the biggest of the Sports label’s franchises, but it is big enough to get some attention – it’s something we’ll be keeping our eyes on.
Would you buy FIFA 12’s online mode alone? Career mode, creation mode, Be A Legend etc all available separately, but you drop $5-10 for online sans anything else and build from there. Would that interest you? That’s what EA’s trying to gauge here with the Champion experiment. The Champeriment.
Extra modes can be bought as/when/if you want to – Fight Now (exhibition) is $5, Legacy Mode and Boxer Share (create a boxer) is $10 and online play is another $10. Which means it’s a total of $29.99 for the whole game. Yes, you can probably get it cheaper from stores now, but it’s nowhere near the excessive pricing we’ve seen elsewhere with these sorts of experiments. MX vs ATV: Alive, take a bow.
What do you think?