Other Games Should Copy the Amazing New Deep Rock Galactic Feature

Season 5 of Deep Rock Galactic will rethink the game’s approach to content and feature a welcome change from the typical live service model.

Other Games Should Copy the Amazing New Deep Rock Galactic Feature

Highlights

  • Season 5 of Deep Rock Galactic will offer a unique approach to battle passes, allowing access to older content and cosmetics.
  • Players can enjoy previous seasons in separate game modes, with returning players able to continue from where they left off.
  • The game's flexible handling of time-limited content could become a model for other developers to follow.

Along with a new Performance Pass and Cosmetic Tree, Season 5 of Deep Rock Galactic will allow players to access older content and cosmetics. This flexible approach to how Deep Rock Galactic handles season passes and unlockable items could become a model for how developers should approach time-limited content.

Deep Rock Galactic’s frantic dwarves-in-space co-op combat has earned it a dedicated player base since its early access release in 2018. As further proof of its enduring popularity, Deep Rock Galactic has just become one of the latest titles added to Xbox Game Pass Core. The game’s themed seasons have each included a free 100-tier Performance Pass filled with new cosmetic beards and armor, allowing players to customize their deep-space dwarves. Unlike many other live-service games, cosmetic items are not lost to the abyss upon a season’s completion, but rather recycled into the game’s shop and loot packs.

However, with the upcoming Season 5 of Deep Rock Galactic, Ghost Ship Games seems set to shake up this tried and tested battle pass formula with an ambitious way of handling old content. Along with the new season’s themed events, previous seasons will be available to play as separate game modes, each complete with their original Performance Passes and Cosmetic Trees. Players who have already partially progressed through these passes will carry on from where they left off, giving veterans the chance to chase down missed content and allowing new players to earn expired rewards. An alternative “vanilla” playlist will also be available, featuring a mixed bag of events from each season.

Is Deep Rock Galactic Unique in its New Approach to Battle Passes?

Similar approaches to how video games handle timed content are becoming more common as developers work to strike a balance between keeping hardcore players engaged and ensuring rewards remain achievable for a more casual audience. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries took a similar approach in the latest installment of the iconic sci-fi shooter. Although the premium rewards in each of Halo Infinite’s season’s passes are locked behind paywalls, these battle passes remain permanently in the game, allowing players to freely choose which one they want to progress at any time. The game’s free-to-play multiplayer does feature smaller, limited-timed events, but the new shop and free currency coming to Halo Infinite will soon allow players to catch up on missed content. These moves help to make live service games – which have traditionally capitalized on gamers' fear of missing out – more accessible, letting players enjoy them at their own pace.

By bringing both original and old content to the dwarven space shooter, Season 5 of Deep Rock Galactic seems set to further improve one of the best co-op games out there. Before the new season begins in June 2024, players can discover more about the game’s upcoming features during Ghost Ship Games’ developer broadcast on April 25.

Platform(s) PC , PS5 , PS4 , Xbox Series X , Xbox Series S , Xbox One Released May 13, 2020 Developer(s) Ghost Ship Games Publisher(s) Coffee Stain Publishing Genre(s) FPS Multiplayer Online Co-Op Engine Unreal Engine 4 ESRB T for Teen due to Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence X|S Enhanced Yes File Size Xbox Series 3 GB (December 2023) Metascore 85 Platforms That Support Crossplay PC, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S

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