Guild Wars 2 is on sale today. Best way to buy it, in my opinion, is definitely just going with the digital offerings from the linked site. The Collector’s Edition appears nearly all sold out in Europe, and I don’t know how long before GameStop and BestBuy close out that SKU.
It’s an interesting tactic because it is the first time I bought a game… actually purchased, and I won’t get to play it for awhile. ArenaNet promises that there will be a Beta Weekend Event at the end of April, but this is not the actual game. This is a beta test. Doing a bit of research for this post, I found it interesting that Diablo 3 (considered a rival to Guild Wars 2 by some) was also up for pre-purchase. Except there was very little incentive to pre-purchase Diablo 3. Pre-purchasing Guild Wars 2 ensures beta access and a 3-day head start. The head start alone is worth it, in my opinion.
I am hoping that ArenaNet/NCSoft releases some numbers on the pre-purchase sales. It also worries me if they do. We are seeing pre-purchase abounding with all the new Kickstarter options, and pre-purchasing Guild Wars 2 isn’t much different. I don’t know when either Guild Wars 2 or the recent Kickstarter video games will release, but hopefully because I pre-purchased I get something cool. It’s also going to be interesting to see if we pre-purchasers might fund another month or two of Guild Wars 2 polish.
What worries me is that the pre-purchase of Guild Wars 2 (and perhaps a Diablo 3 trumpeting their numbers in echo) could make this the norm for video games, especially PC games. It could be a good thing or a bad thing, but change is always scary. In this instance, I had zero qualms about throwing my money at ArenaNet for Guild Wars 2. I might be more hesitant about Diablo 3, but I wouldn’t want to miss out on any exclusives to pre-purchasers if I later found out I really enjoyed the game (like Team Fortress 2 hats, amirite, Valve?).
Guild Wars 2 is already starting to make heads turn. The game won’t even be offered on release in NCSoft’s homebase, Asia, but Asian stockbrokers are buying up NCSoft anyway. The linked report is fantastic by the way. In the dry desert of sales statistics, Daewoo Securities really squeezes some good cacti. They envision that Guild Wars 2 will sell 3 million during 2012, which would be almost half of the original Guild Wars lifetime sales. If ArenaNet says that they sold a million on pre-purchase can you imagine how much juice that will shoot into the market?
Something big is happening, and I am glad I am on board. Viva la dragon!