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NCsoft has detailed the several preorder possibilities for their anticipated release of Guild Wars 2. The successor of the critically acclaimed free-to-play MMO will come in 3 separate editions: A Collector’s, Digital Deluxe and Standard Edition. All preorders of any one version assure customers the right to participate in all Beta weekend events as well as getting a 3 day head start upon release. Additionally, players will receive a Hero’s Band that is said to improve a character in several ways. The first come, first serve mentality will also ensure early bird their choice of character and guild name.
The game’s Collector’s Edition will get a hefty price tag of $150, which once more gets unequally translated to a €150 European tag. Europeans will thus have to pay roughly $200 for their product. But at least the price also comes with several large physical items. A 25cm, hand painted sculpture of Rytlock Brimstone is the most prominent incentive. In addition, the game will come with a custom art frame and 5 prints from famous artists. The Collector’s Edition will also include a soundtrack CD and an impressive 112 page hardback ‘Making of’ art book. The whole will come in an imprinted and sturdy metal box.
There are also 5 digital items to be had such as a Golem Banker, Chalice of Glory and Tome of Influence. More so, players will receive a Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill and even a miniature Rytlock that will accompany them on their travels.
While there are no details on the Digital Deluxe, one could assume it will hold the digital items mentioned above at a price of $80 or €75. The site indicates that much at least. It might be a worldwide game, but the pricing does not have that same vision it seems. One could even argue that importing and shipping might end up costing Europeans less. That is, if you care about saving on what essentially is a luxury issue of a luxury product. It sort of defeats its own purpose.