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Guild Wars 2 – The Editions!

What version of Guild Wars 2 do you plan to get?






 

As the majority of Guild Wars fans know, from the 10th of April we can pre-order either the Limited Collector’s Edition, Digital Edition, or Digital Deluxe copy from buy.guildwars2.com or at selected retailers. By choosing to pre-order any edition players will have guaranteed entry into all beta weekend events, three-day headstart access to the final game, and get their mits on an in-game item called Hero’s Band.

As I’m massively excited about getting Guild Wars 2 I thought I’d take a look at each of the pre-order editions available.

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Digital Edition

Price: £49.99

Contains:

  • Guild Wars 2 Game

Comments: Not much to really say about the standard Digital Edition other than I feel it’s a little on the expensive side when compared to other ‘standard edition’ releases of MMOs in the past.

Digital Deluxe Edition

Price: £64.99

Contains:

  • Guild Wars 2 Game
  • Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill – This unique elite skill allows the player to summon a temporary Mistfire Wolf pet for use in combat.
  • Rytlock Miniature - This rare miniature is a perfect replica of Rytlock Brimstone and will accompany your character on all of their adventures throughout Tyria.
  • Golem Banker – Your very own Golem Banker, at your command for 5 days! This mechanical man-servant will grant you access to your account storage from anywhere in the World.
  • Chalice of Glory – Earn some extra Glory with this one time use Chalice. Use Glory to unlock rewards in PvP as well as compare your progress against other players.
  • Tome of Influence – Give your guild a one-time boost of Influence. Useful for unlocking Guild Vaults, emblems and other items for your guild.

Comments: The Mistfire Wolf sounds pretty cool to me, but I doubt that it’s going to be really overly useful or they wouldn’t be handing it out willy nilly. The Rytlock Miniature I’m excited about, I’m a massive whore for non-combat companion pets and I think I may need this one in my life too – especially as it’s exclusive…. need! The Golem Banker again is a nice idea, but only being able to use it for 5 days is pretty rubbish. Both Chalice of Glory & Tome of Influence sound good, but realistically until we know more about Glory/Influence there’s no real way to say gage how nice a reward these will be.

Collector’s Edition

Price: £129.99

Contains:

  • Guild Wars 2 Game
  • Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill - This unique elite skill allows the player to summon a temporary Mistfire Wolf pet for use in combat.
  • Rytlock Miniature - This rare miniature is a perfect replica of Rytlock Brimstone and will accompany your character on all of their adventures throughout Tyria.
  • Golem Banker - Your very own Golem Banker, at your command for 5 days! This mechanical man-servant will grant you access to your account storage from anywhere in the World.
  • Chalice of Glory - Earn some extra Glory with this one time use Chalice. Use Glory to unlock rewards in PvP as well as compare your progress against other players.
  • Tome of Influence - Give your guild a one-time boost of Influence. Useful for unlocking Guild Vaults, emblems and other items for your guild.
  • 10-inch figurine of Rytlock - This meticulously sculpted and painted figurine of the charr warrior Rytlock Brimstone will seize and occupy a place of pride in your home.
  • 112 page Making of Guild Wars 2 book - Go behind the scenes of Guild Wars in this 112 page hardback book featuring lush art, fascinating facts, and interviews with the development team.
  • Custom Art Frame - Display your concept art in this finely made art frame.
  • Art Portfolio and Five Art Prints - Five high-quality art prints featuring work by award-winning Guild Wars artists. 
  • Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD - Famed composer Jeremy Soule’s sweeping musical score captures the epic grandeur and mystery of Tyria.

Comments: The step-up from Digital Deluxe to Collector’s Edition is quite a hike  as many of you may have noticed and after getting the Collector’s Edition for a fair few MMOs in the past I can happily say I won;t be getting this one. As cool as the figurine of Rytlock looks I really think it would end up as an expensive paperweight or gathering dust in a box in my cupboard and the same would go for the Making of Guild Wars 2 book which I’m sure I would drool over the artwork for a while… but realistically it’s all extra crap I’d need to find a home for.

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Personally I’m torn between just going for the Digital Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition. The companion pet and the combat pet both are really making me want the Digital Deluxe but I’m also a bit taken back by the prices in general for each edition. £50 for standard? What do you guys think?

5 Comments

  • Rel Says

    As someone who has been waiting for GW2 for over 4 years… I’m going the plain digital package, and £50 is steep enough that I had a moment’s pause even at that.

    The bonuses from the deluxe edition are, to me, not a biggie – I had companion pets in GW1 and I never paid attention to them (admittedly before I got into WoW and understood what they were all about), so I’m not too concerned. Most of these things are for lower-end toons anyway.

    Still, I’m really rather excited!! :) Just wish I could afford to pre-order NOW!

    • Wabbage Says

      I never really played much of the original but my friend Basky has totally sold me on GW2 – well the videos and all the awesome info on the site has really… but I still blame him – and now I can’t wait.

      In Warcraft I’m a bit of a Pet Collector and I’m a little bugged out that SWTOR doesn’t have many yet so getting the option to bag one from the off in DW2 is appealing if somewhat pricey.

  • Basky Says

    Will almost certainly be getting the CE, I don’t really buy special editions much these days so happy enough blowing the money needed for this one. ;D

    Hoping to see a bit of a price reduction in UK/EU price sometime before the pre purchase date as all versions seems a bit too expensive, especially since the US price is pretty standard. If the standard edition was £40 I’d just think EA raised the bar with SWTOR pricing, but £50? Ouch.

  • Blunted Says

    Seriously considering whether to bother now tbh. £50 is a lot of cash to me.

    • Wabbage Says

      I hear you on that, I just keep reminding myself that there’s no subscription fee which after so many years of paying at least 2 monthly game subs will be a welcome bonus.

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