The lights are on
Today we got details on special editions for Grand Theft Auto V and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Both of them are full of bonuses, but getting consumers to pay extra money isn't easy. Over the years, publishers have included all kinds of extra content to entice people to spend a little more on special editions. Action figures, custom packaging, soundtracks, art books, day-one DLC, and exclusive in-game items have all been dangled in front of gamers in special editions.
Which, if any, of these bonuses can convince you to buy a special edition of a game? Is there anything you'd like to see included in special editions that hasn't been tried yet? Would you rather just see a single, definitive version of the game released without worrying about which edition you'll buy?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Email the author Joe Juba, or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Game Informer.
I can't tell you what I want in a special or collector's edition. I can tell you that if I like what I see then I'll consider it or get it. But lately, I've had no reason. A figurine, a soundtrack, those things are cool, but sometimes they offer things I don't really care about or can get later (DLC, for example).
I'm an art book collector. I love to see those included. Soundtracks are nice bonuses now and then as well.
Certain collectors editions have had some cool 'not exactly the norm' items included.
LBP2 and MK had Bookends. Something that the MK set of actually came in handy for me. The LPB2 one had just cardboard cutouts and while functional, didn't have the shelf appeal i wanted. Scorpion VS Sub Zero ftw.
I have plenty of statues at this point. Maybe something other than a poster that can be hung up on the wall would be a newish thing to try out. (imagine if the Portal 2 game came with the think geek Cave Johnson portrait or something to that effect). the Hellsing Ultimate movie series had wall plaques for a couple characters on the limited edition runs.
Stuff that isn't on a shelf, but displayed.
Things i don't recall seeing that may be cool to have depending on the series;
Kitchen ware. Glasses (shot glass or standard), plates, and things like that would be an interesting touch if the game called for it.
For the DOA Volleyball games, a beach towel could be interesting.
Mirrors edge had the preorder bonus with the bag. Infamous 2 had the CE with the shoulder bag as well.
In short, things that can be used on a more day to day basis (within reason) would be cool to see included now and then. Again, as long as the game calls for it. Beach Towel for a game that doesn't even include a stage at a beach? Wouldn't make sense.
I usually don't go for them because of the price.
I'm one to just go for the regular version of the game. It takes a lot to entice me to spend extra money on a different version. That being said, this is an interesting topic and I wonder how it will change when things do eventually (I think it really will happen) become download only experiences.
I think it would be really cool if they offered the ability to consumers to pre-order games and pay a certain amount to get the extra content they want, BEFORE THE GAME SHIPS (or goes live on the online market place). Kind of like a "BUILD YOUR OWN BUNDLE" that is super consumer friendly.
Not to say that there isn't a place for physical media as well, however I'm not a fan of figures and such a=unless they do add a significant value to the experience.
Some good examples would be a physical in game map with secret information for those who have it that could possibly even interact with a companion app (I admit, I like the idea of companion apps); or a figurine that holds some form of secret that with a little digging into, the player's part can lead to a mystery in the game itself.
If developers and publishers want to continue this trend, they really need to set the bar higher for a new generation of gamers.
I think the Mass Effect 3 Limited Edition es the greatest example of a great special edition. Everyone else should do what Bioware did with that special edition.
I usually prefer some sort of in-game content or DLC just because it gives you something others may not have. Certain physical items are definitely reasons to pay the extra cash though. I seriously thought about getting the Splinter Cell: Blacklist C.E/L.E just for the giant R.C. plane it comes with. I don't usually shell out the extra cash though unless its a game I really love.
Items. Like art books, sound tracks, posters, statues, etc. in game content pisses me of ecause that should already be included with the game. If I'm going to pay $130 for a collectors edition I want my money's worth for actual physical stuff....I'm officially a gamig nerd.