Even if I’m not interested in a particular MMO, I always will sit up and pay attention when a collector’s edition is announced. I just have a weakness for them, perhaps because a part of me pines for the days when PC game boxes were large enough to double as a tombstone.
So Amazon futzed up and leaked the image of Elder Scrolls Online’s CE and it… is… really disappointing. I’ll admit that not rooting for the game probably tempers one’s reaction, but this whole package just feels lackluster. Here’s what comes with it:
- Copy of the game
- Game world map
- 224-page book on the game world
- 12″ statue of some demon dude
- White Imperial horse mount
- Mudcrab vanity pet
- Rings of mara
- The ability to play as an Imperial in any alliance
Aaaand that’s it. Maybe this is one of several possible special editions, but I’m thinking not. It just feels lacking. The statue and book are good physical items, but where’s the soundtrack? Really, where’s the soundtrack? CEs and soundtracks are meant to go together, otherwise you get Lucky Charms without the marshmallows.
I don’t know if the last feature — the ability to play as an Imperial — is something to cheer about. I guess this is an exclusive race, which is slightly ballsy on the part of ZeniMax; will subscribers be happy when one of their character creation options is greyed out? If it offers access to content one couldn’t get otherwise, I could see it being tempting. Again, not a big Elder Scrolls guy here.
The mount and mudcrab are bland to me — expected but nothing to cheer about. Yay. A crab. Can I teach the crab to ride the horse? Then that would be something. Oh, the legends they would create!
I guess the lesson that I take away from this is that some CEs are duds and some are expensive duds and some are worthy of the extra bucks. I really hope that WildStar does much better than this.