Collective HopesJuly 30, 2011 at 2:11 am | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 18 Comments
Tags: Guild Wars 2, MMO, mmorpg
I suppose I’ll never be happy. Star Wars: The Old Republic is offering a fairly extensive collectors edition but I doubt everyone would agree when I say that I find it overpriced, lacking in usefulness, containing filler, and not particularly impressive.
Which leaves me to wonder about what is going to be in the Guild Wars 2 Collectors Edition and am I going to like it? Will I buy it? How much will it cost?
I’m pretty rigid when it comes to making predictions. I always go back to the evidence, and rely on previous behaviour. I try not to make wild assumptions. So to help me figure out what Arenanet might put in the Guild Wars 2 Collectors Edition, I go back to what they’ve done with previous products.
The original Guild Wars CE had the following.
Collector’s Exclusive: Divine Aura
Logitech Internet Chat Headset
Teamspeak Software (custom version)
Teamspeak Installation Guide information sheet
Hardcover Guild Wars Art Book; 128 Pages
Guild Wars Soundtrack CD
I wasn’t even aware this existed but apparently there was a special edition as well.
Guild Wars Soundtrack CD
Guild Wars Manual: The Manuscripts: 144 pages of information (Different from Collector’s Edition)
Softcover Guild Wars Art Book: The Art of Guild Wars Book 2; 72 Pages (Different from Collector’s Edition)
Unlock code for 7 normal skills, 1 Elite skill and 2 weapon or armor upgrades
Bonus Music Key: Free access to additional in-game music from DirectSong; includes 4 exclusive tracks
Map of Tyria; 600mm by 360mm, folded
Factions had the following in its CE.
Special In-Game Dance Emote for the Assassin and Ritualist
Double-sided poster: Map of Cantha and Assassin and Ritualist Poster
Guild Wars Factions Art Book
Bonus Music Key
Guild Wars Factions Soundtrack CD
Guild Wars Factions Mouse Pad
2006-2007 Desk Calendar
18x25cm Ritualist Cloth Picture
Assassin Sticker Pack
And of course Nightfall had these items.
Nightfall Collector’s Edition Key, providing access to the Nightfall campaign, an in-game Miniature Varesh pet, and Nightfall signature dances for your characters
Nightfall Bonus Music Key, providing exclusive in-game music from Guild Wars composer Jeremy Soule
“Making of Guild Wars Nightfall” DVD, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the designers, writers, illustrators, and animators
“The Art of Nightfall” Art Book, a 124-page book depicting amazing images from the world of Elona
Nightfall Soundtrack CD with 36 tracks of music from the game
Nightfall Collector’s Skill Pins, a pair of metallic pins showing icons for one Dervish and one Paragon skill (Vow of Silence and “It’s just a flesh wound.”)
Nightfall Collector’s Standee, a foldout standee of Warmarshal Varesh to place on your desk
Nightfall Map Poster, a 16×24-inch map depicting the lands of Elona
Nightfall Buddy Key, a 14-day/10-hour free trial you can give to a friend
Guild Wars Epic Trial Key, a 14-day/10-hour free trial of Guild Wars Prophecies and Guild Wars Factions
What we see are several examples of typical items many studios put in their CEs. Particularly over the past few years more and more companies make their items digital, and we see that above with the Divine Aura, dance emotes and mini-pets.
Digital content is pretty much the rage as far as PC games go and I only have to go as far as SWTOR or Rift to find examples. Arenanet have already promised a fair amount of bonus items from the Hall of Monuments. Achievements in the original Guild Wars unlock weapons, mini-pets, armours, and other aesthetic content. While there is already so much, I firmly expect even more with the GW2 CE.
I’ll also quickly note that Arenanet provided a free character slot to those pre-ordering Nightfall. Numerous items from their in game cash shop could be easily provided in a CE. Doing this might also help introduce the cash shop to new players, and make them more comfortable with using it. It might actually be a smart move on their part.
What we also find in the above examples is a consistent amount of pride in both their music and artwork. There is a book, poster and soundtrack included in each version.
This is a given. Although “The Art of Guild Wars 2” has been available for some time now, and it’s conceivable that because of that it wouldn’t be included in the CE, I can’t see them not including some form of extensive acknowledgment of their incredible art department.
The music as well is a sure thing. Jeremy Soule is one of the most acclaimed composers in games and has many fans. At this point I think fans would be outraged if music or art weren’t included in the CE.
Both factions and Nightfall come with small bonuses that I can’t help but describe as ‘goodies’. Small skill pins based on the artwork of in game skills. A cardboard standee of a Nightfall character. An assassin sticker pack. All little badges of nerd pride.
The original CE showed some willingness to work with partners. A logitech headset was included along with Teamspeak software.
At one point there was a Guild Wars mouse from Razer, and they show off their game on Alienware systems at Alienware booths at conventions. I mostly doubt any sort of hardware would be included in a GW2 CE but I can’t rule it out either.
As far as things we can rely upon to be in the CE, music, art, and digital products are virtually guarenteed. How these elements are presented seems to be the only unknown. Prices of the old collectors editions seem to be around $80 but if Arenanet were to include a statue or something similar, the price would rise accordingly.
That leaves a lot of uncovered ground of course, because while I think there are a lot of likely candidates for CE components, it doesn’t cover what I actually want to see.
Next post: Collective Dreams.
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