With an official release date set for the latest installment in the Dragon Age series (October 7 in the US & October 10 in Europe), BioWare has set about their standard formula of offering various pre-order bonuses. But at least unlike some publishers, it doesn’t look like they’re dividing the specials up between different retailers. For now, there are three editions available: regular, deluxe & collector.
The regular edition of the game is, naturally, just the standard game.
The Deluxe Edition includes a nice listing of special digital items to enhance your playing experience. The items listed are:
- Skyhold Throne: a special throne presumably in place in your stronghold
- Two unique mounts: the Red Hart Halla & the Bog Unicorn, likely suitable for good & evil characters respectively
- Digital soundtrack
- Flames of the Inquisition Gear: this includes a variety of unique weapons, suitable for all classes, the Flames of the Inquisitor Armor & an armored steed
It also states that there’s “bonus digital content — to be announced.” It’s unclear exactly what that means.
Then there’s the grand-daddy of all special offers: the Collector’s Edition. In addition to coming with a copy of the Deluxe Edition of the game, the Collector’s Edition includes a plethora of real-world goodies. This includes:
- Cloth map of Thedas
- Deck of Tarot cards (includes 72 cards with custom Dragon Age artwork)
- Ink & quill set
- Orlesian coins
- Inquisitor’s badges
- 6 piece lockpick set
- 4 map markers
- Inquisitor’s Journal
- Steel book to store your copy of the game
- All items stored in the Collector’s Edition case
The standard version of the game will be the standard price ($60), the Deluxe Edition is set at $70, but the Collector’s Edition is at a whopping $170. It’s also only available if you pre-order from GameStop. But if you’ve got the money, you’d better hurry & order. Although BioWare hasn’t announced when the promotion will end, they have stated that it’s for “a small run.”
As cool as the swag is, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the Collector’s Edition. That’s just too much money, even with the in-game bonuses. I’m not even sure I’ll get the Deluxe Edition (which doesn’t seem to be a limited time offer kind of thing) unless the “additional content” is free access to future DLCs.