Upcoming stealth game Assassin’s Creed Origins has made a huge impact at E3 2017. A new gameplay trailer showed the game on Xbox One X to huge applause; but is all of the excitement enough to get fans spending hundreds of dollars on the game?
Ubisoft certainly thinks so as the company has begun to take orders for the Assassin’s Creed Origins – Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition, a special collector’s edition that costs $800. For that incredibly high price fans will get: a 73cm numbered Bayek and Senu figuring in resin, an art book, a steelbook case, the official soundtrack, a physical world map, Bayek’s eagle skull amulet in resin, two original art cards, four lithographs signed by Ubisoft artists and a certificate of authenticity.
Most importantly though, the Dawn of the Creed Legendary Edition also comes with a copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins, along with the game’s season pass. Given that plenty of other games offer collector’s editions that don’t include the game, some may be surprised to see a copy of Origins comes with the pricey purchase.
Arguably, Ubisoft is just following a trend set by so many other games before as Assassin’s Creed Origins certainly isn’t the first to charge fans so high for collectible items. There is a Witcher 3 statue that could put fans in debt, and famously, the Saints Row series once offered fans a collectible edition that cost $1 million.
However, the collector’s edition also speaks of Ubisoft’s confidence in the game. Assassin’s Creed Origins will launch this year after a hiatus for the series. From the release of Assassin’s Creed 2 in 2009 through to the release of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in 2015, Ubisoft had released a new main entry in the game every single year in time for the holidays. Origins stands out because it releases after Ubisoft pressed pause on the franchise in order to reevaluate after the poor success of Syndicate and the technical difficulties of 2014’s Unity.
Fans have high hopes that Origins has made good use of that time off, with everything they’ve seen at E3 2017 so far suggesting that it has. It’s unclear if fans are optimistic enough to drop $800 on the game, but sometimes the appeal of hard-to-get swag is just too strong.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is scheduled to release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox One X.