Paladins, the long-running free to play team shooter from developer Evil Mojo Games and publisher Hi-Rez Studios, has just announced that 2023 will not feature a Season Pass.
Further, the devs have decided to discard the entire Season Pass model altogether, after years of gameplay. The 2022 Season Pass will not be affected “for the foreseeable future”, suggesting that it might still be pulled in a later patch. Here’s the full statement from Paladins’ feed:
Paladins has always operated with Season Passes, which are an exclusive incentive model that has remained popular across countless free to play games. Like Apex Legends and other FTP shooters, most of the Season Pass content involves cosmetics and in-game currency. However, Paladins rewards players all year long, allowing fans to collect everything with a single purchase ahead of time.
Season Passes are nearly essential financial compensation in the FTP genre, so it’ll be very interesting to see what Paladins plans on replacing the system with.
There’s been no follow-up statement in that regard, so most fans have been pleased for now, anticipating improvement. Also, the transition itself appears to be smooth right now. For example, a follow-up tweet explained that fans could purchase the Pyre Nyx skin directly or in a chest:
The previous Season Passes have been a little divisive, largely due to a lack of interesting content. The devs’ announcement today does admit that their bold decision was in response to “listening” to the fanbase.
Paladins still has a decent player count, and publisher Hi-Rez Studios is still creating plenty of buzz, such as Smite’s collaboration with Magic: The Gathering or Divine Knockout releasing the Monkey King. Hopefully, a new fan friendly replacement for the season pass will renew some interest in Paladins.
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