The glacier is moving, spring is coming, and ArenaNet has finally released information on Guild Wars 2’s pre-orders. This is always a good sign for those anxiously awaiting the release date, although the ability to pre-order an MMO doesn’t necessarily mean it’s on the verge of release. SWTOR opened up pre-orders some five months before release, after all.
But let’s not let that spoil our good mood, because there’s a lot to digest, including a doozy of a collector’s edition. I’ve been putting some money aside for the CE, so the $150 price tag isn’t going to shy me away (I do love CEs in general). It certainly is interesting that they’re announcing the pre-order program almost a month before accepting them — that doesn’t typically happen — but I think a lot of players will appreciate it, especially if they want to scrounge together that much money for a CE.
So let’s take a look at what we’ve got here, shall we? All pre-orders — standard, deluxe, CE — get you into all of the GW2 weekend beta events between April 10th and release, a three-day head start (yay for ANet not doing BioWare’s weird rollout thing), and an in-game item that has a wide range of small stat boosts. For me, the head start is the most important of the three and worth it for that alone.
We don’t know much right now about what comes with the digital deluxe version, but the collector’s edition haul is listed. Here are my thoughts on each of the items, both physical and digital:
- Rytlock Charr statue — Like SWTOR’s Darth Malgus, I’m could take or leave this. For one thing, I’m just not that big of a Charr fan. For another, I’d rather the “big” item be one of those cool plushies that ArenaNet’s been making for the game.
- Making of GW2 book — Definitely something I’d be interested in reading, so I’m happy this is included. SWTOR’s making of book came separately from the CE, which was a shame.
- Best of GW2 soundtrack CD — On one hand, yay for a soundtrack CD. That’s always a must have for CEs in my opinion. On the other hand, the “best of” part of that title tells me that this will be far from a complete soundtrack for the game, which is a shame.
- Five art prints and frame — OK, this is downright neat. GW2 is already very much known for its gorgeous art style, and to have a choice of which print I want to hang up in a frame is a wonderful addition.
- Summon Mistfire Wolf elite skill — It’s a temporary pet summons skill for in-game use, and you know what? I’m all over that. If any class can use this, it’d be really neat to be able to pull a wolf out of my butt no matter what I’m playing.
- Miniature Rytlock pet — Another mini, cool; a Charr mini, eh. I’m really getting the sense that this Charr dude is the chosen face of the game, so I guess I’ll have to resign myself to that.
- Chalice of Glory — It’s a one-time use item that bumps up your glory accumulation in PvP.
- Tome of Influence — Another one-time boost item that gives you additional influence for your guild.
- Golem Banker — Gives you bank access in the world… for five days. Five days real-time? Five different days you summon it? What?
I’m a little divided on all this. It’s not that I’m not really excited for GW2, I am, but none of this screams “must have!” to me as a whole. As the digital deluxe version has the same in-game items as the CE, then it might be the prudent choice for me. The book and the soundtrack are nice, but an extra $70 worth of nice?
The one thing I’m really disappointed in is the fact that three of the five in-game items have limited use (either one-shot or time-limited). I guess they’d be neat at the beginning, but I was definitely hoping for more, especially if I’m shelling out a lot of extra money for this.
At least we have a month left to decide, and I hope ArenaNet spills a little more information on all of this. What say you? Is this is CE worth $150, or would it be better to save some of that cash for the inevitable in-game cash shop?