Pete Davison writes: I won't lie, this news made me a bit angry.
On the surface it's a relatively good idea -- Gears, as a game which will undoubtedly be successful and played online for many months to come, is sure to have plenty of DLC already planned, so why shouldn't gamers be able to effectively "preorder" the add-ons for a lower price? There are doubtless those who will happily throw down 60 notes for a copy of Gears and then purchase the Season Pass without a second thought. This will put their total cost for Gears of War 3 up to the $90 mark but ensure they won't have any ongoing costs as new stuff comes out for the game. It's like the "lifetime subscription" option which a lot of new MMOs offer, only marginally cheaper. Except you're not playing a continually-shifting MMO -- you're playing a game which will apparently get four packs of DLC over its lifetime.