“Hunting Season Pass” was a pretty bad choice of name for the thing that it is. I understand the desire to have the “hunting season” play on words there, but in most other games, a “season pass” is a pack that locks in all major upcoming DLC at a discount.
SO MUCH of the hate I have seen is due to people buying a thing called “Hunting Season Pass” that they think is the Evolve season pass, when in actuality all it ever was is the next tier of hunters. Similarly, the “Monster Expansion Pack” includes just one more monster.
I think probably the most deserved criticism that I see 2K/TRS getting (other than the pricing) is the lack of such a typical season pass. The “Monster Race edition” is the closest thing, but it’s still just “you get these X pieces of an indeterminable amount of future DLC” when I think what people were expecting to see were bundle packages that included the next X monsters and/or tiers of hunters.