It looks like the cat may be out of the bag a couple days early, as leaked info about Star Wars: The Old Republic’s pre-order and collector’s edition has popped up (such as here on G4). The pre-order looks pretty standard: a chance to get into the game early (either a head start or beta access) and a weapons color changer doodad.
But the collector’s edition is where the real buzz is at. Just check it out:
Now this is the mother of all CE’s — loads of goodies, both digital and physical, an authenticator and soundtrack, and a potential bug-squasher if you ever need 50 pounds of software-related packaging to kill something with six or eight legs. Honestly, I’m sold. I’m totally not ashamed that I love MMO collector’s editions for games I’m anticipating, because splurging on a little “something extra” helps to elevate the fun to the next level for me. I never regretted getting my WoW, WAR or RIFT collector’s editions, and all of this stuff is just too good to pass up anyway.
CEs with digital goodies are like giving a present to all of your future characters. Even today, if I were to re-subscribe to World of Warcraft, any new toons I made would have their choice of one of three original CE pets waiting for them. The RIFT CE has come in extra useful with the free mount, and likewise now with all of the pre-order and CE purchases I’ve made in LOTRO.
The sticking problem is the price. If reports are to be believed — and this all has yet to be verified — this will clock in at a staggering $175-$220. That’s not a game, it’s half of the cost of a computer. It’s a price point well beyond anything I’ve ever seen in an MMO CE before, and yet I have to admit that it probably won’t stop BioWare from selling them all out in a flash. TOR has such an immense, rabid fan base right now that has nothing better to do than save up money, and since potential TOR players aren’t paying for a subscription to BioWare right now, earmarking 15 months of playtime for this may be easier than later on.
If I wasn’t an adult with a little extra disposable income to throw on such frivilous — yet fun — purchases, I’d probably be depressed, though. I can see this as being a hard sell for teens asking parents to buy them a game that costs almost as much (or more) than a console.
At the end of the day, whether this is true or not (the news and the price), it’s all just niceties, not necessities. I don’t see anything here that’s going to radically improve your play experience or make you way better than Joe I-Bought-The-Game-At-Target.
Now I just have to think of a way to justify the cost of this to my wife. I suspect I’m going to be doing a LOT of foot rubs.