Not being a penniless teenager has its advantages, and one of the luxuries I like to give to myself is permission to purchase collector’s editions of games I’m excited about. Yeah, I know, they’re usually overpriced for what you really get, but I love the feeling of getting all those little “extras”.
So let’s take a look at the three package deals and see what we’re getting for our money:
Digital Standard Edition ($50):
- Founder’s pricing (including $9.99/mo. subscription if you buy a six-month block)
- Shrouded Sourcestone Rune (plus endurance/death resist)
- One of three non-combat pets (Cockatrice Chick, Deep One Spawning, or Hellhound Pup)
- VIP beta access for the remainder of the closed beta events
- Head start access (February 24th)
- 30 days game time
This’ll probably be the same price as the regular retail box, so if you’re planning to play the game you might as well pre-order to get the bonus goodies. The pets and rune are nice, but the real deal here is the Founder’s Pricing — $9.99/month is a downright steal, and will save you $60 over the course of the year (compared to a $14.99/mo. subscription) if you keep it up. Plus, who doesn’t want to get into the game early? While Trion is giving players until March 15th to lock in a founder’s pricing plan, the fine print says that if you change or cancel this subscription, you can never go back to this pricing, ever.
On the beta front, this is extra-good if you don’t have a VIP code for the beta — and if you get this today, you can get into this weekend’s event!
Digital Collector’s Edition ($60)
- Everything the regular pre-order version comes with, plus:
- Backpack increased from 20 to 24 slots
- Free level 20 turtle mount
- Bogling Wastrel pet
Here we move into the luxury editions of the game, where players have to determine if their enthusiasm and extra money are worth these items. Basically, you’re paying $10 more for a bigger backpack, a mount and another pet — a microtransaction rolled in with the total cost. This is what I ended up going with, mostly just because I like to pamper myself from time to time (not with actual pampers… usually), and my philosophy behind CEs is that they’re a fun way to celebrate the launch of a game.
Out of the three additional items, I like the idea of the free mount the most (all of these pre-order items apply to all of your characters). Mounts in RIFT aren’t hugely expensive, but they are a cost, and this not only allows you to save up a bit more for future costs (such as the level 40 and level 50 mounts), but a turtle mount is cool in a not-cool way.
However, it’s a close second to get that bigger backpack. In the beta events, I found my bags filling up awfully fast, and four extra slots will be very helpful from the get-go.
Retail Collector’s Edition ($80)
- Everything that comes in the above two editions, plus:
- 8 gig flash drive
- RIFT soundtrack
- Mouse pad
- 128-page comic
In my opinion, this is a real rip-off compared to the other two editions’ pricing. You’re paying $20 more than the digital CE for, what? A soundtrack, comic, flash drive and mouse pad? None of this screams “MUST HAVE!” or even “(must have)”, unless you absolutely are against digital purchases/downloads and want to have that big fat box sitting on your shelf. It’s kind of disappointing that this edition doesn’t even come with anything else in-game, which wouldn’t really cost the company anything to manufacture.
So did you pre-order? And if so, what did you choose?