For better or worse, the only Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition retailer in the U.S., GameStop, has the Collector’s Edition in their system, and they are ready to start selling it now. I went to my local GameStop to pre-order the pre-purchase, which will be available April 10, 2012. Here’s why:
1) ArenaNet’s Martin Kerstein said that the Collector’s Edition will be very, very limited.
2) Multiple Tweets have claimed that the Collector’s Edition has already sold out at various retailed in Europe. (Sweden is one I remember, allegedly.)
3) I have 5 Guild Wars keys for the 3 campaigns on my 1 Guild Wars account because of mishaps with GameStop’s handling of the Collector’s Editions of the original Guild Wars. I do not want that again.
So to be safe, I put $30 down on the Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition at GameStop, and I will be returning April 10, 2012 to convert that to a pre-purchase. What GameStop and other retailers are doing is not supported by NCSoft. It is not a “legal” pre-purchase that gives all the goodies from ArenaNet (including a three-day headstart). It is saving a slot with the retailer to pre-purchase. This is out of NCSoft’s hands. I would much rather have just had it go live April 10, and I’m sure ArenaNet would agree… but retailers are going to do what they want or automatically happens in their system.
If you want a Collector’s Edition for Guild Wars 2. I would go to the local GameStop post-haste, and put money down for the Collector’s Edition. Then make sure to return on April 10. Don’t assume they are going to do jack with beta keys or anything just because you pre-sellurchased the Collector’s Edition a week early.
Good luck and godspeed.