This skritt is getting real, girls and boys. ArenaNet announced this morning the three editions of their game to purchase. Basic access is $60, which was pretty much expected. A Digital Deluxe edition jumps to $80 and has all the digital extras, while the monstrous Collector’s Edition tops out at $150 and includes a statue of Rytlock, custom prints with a frame, a book on making Guild wars 2, and of course the soundtrack. Pre- purchase any of these and get beta access, a three-day head start, and a nice little Hero’s Band starter item that gives small buffs to a bunch of stats. The Buy Guild Wars 2 site has a nice little scroll over feature that describes all the different features to each edition. It looks like the pre-purchase sale date will be April 10th.
It all sounds good. I mean the CE is pretty much a sure buy for me, but I am a little unsure about a buyable elite skill, wich the Digital Deluxe and CE have. Elite skills are locked until level 30, so as far as I know this is not like getting a free elite skill at the start of the original Guild Wars. It is also likely that expansions will have skills available only to those that bought the expansions. I’d personally have preferred a more cosmetic effect, like a special dance than a deluxe skill, especially given that the deluxe edition’s elite skill will likely see much less use than profession-specific elites.
The other interesting thing is that the basic edition is called the “Digital Edition.” This means that if gamers pre-purchase directly from ArenaNet, they get a bunch of cool stuff and a three-day head start. Pre-purchasing from a retailer entitles gamers to a one-day head start, and it seems possibly no beta access or Hero’s Band. Just like Eye of the North, ArenaNet appreciates when consumers help to cut out the middle man.
Anyway time for me to start saving up! I need that soundtrack.