My problem with season passes is the "season pass triple whammy".
The season pass triple whammy is this:
1. You don't know what you are going to get. You're being asked to pay based upon a description of what will come. Rarely is this description very descriptive. Usually it's something like a vague indication of some skins, some multiplayer content and one big piece of pre-planned DLC that was planned so far in advance it might as well be (and may be) on the disc. Beyond that, who knows?
Even if it specifies you get everything in a time period (a "season") you still don't know what will come out in that period.
2. They intentionally throw together a "grab bag" of stuff. Some single-player, some multi-player, some skins. By doing this they virtually guarantee that few people really want everything in the season pass. Let's face it, there's only room on the schedule for a few big multiplayer experiences in a year, and a lot of games which you might like to play single-player you just won't play multi-player at all (Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creeds).
Those two combine to produce an effect where you feel like you would need a decent discount to give you a reason to buy the season pass instead of just waiting to see what comes out and only buying the parts you want. And then the 3rd part of the triple whammy comes in:
3. They typically give a small discount, only 15-25%. The total price of the season pass is usually a large fraction of the price of just buying all the content separately.
So am I going to buy a $20 season pass semi-blind when the content is $12 of more missions I do want, $6 of more skins I don't want and $6 of multiplayer maps/missions I don't want? And I can't even be sure it won't be less content than that because that's just the promise, not the reality?
Hell no I'm not.
I'll just buy the $12 mission on its own after the reviews come out if it sounds worth it.
These companies really need to get wise. I hope Wombat's mission to reform DLC gains as much traction as his other campaigns about asswipe Live players treating him like shit (when he was player of the week) and the gory ads on the 360 home screen.
I also wish I had written this all last week, I just didn't get around to it.