Whether or not Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has won over a majority of the gaming population, there’s a good chance that many are already on board. It’s never too early to put your money where the futuristic warfare is, and several retailers have detailed the range of pre-order incentives – if any – that they’ll be offering to entice gamers to reserve their copy of Black Ops 2 today.
While some are still trying to recover from the surprise announcement trailer for Black Ops 2 that cast aside nearly all trademarks of the previous game, the retail giants have reacted with speed, and varying levels of marketing genius. Unfortunately no outlet has revealed a replica quadrotor or similar future-tech, but there is still a chance that will be packaged in with the myriad editions of the game being planned.
All that’s been confirmed so far is the initial bonuses via the official Call of Duty website, so have a look at just a few of the larger chains’ offerings. Some retailers have yet to announce any pre-order details, so we’ll do our best to keep the list updated:
- Four Waves of Pre-Order Bonuses prior to release, beginning with an Exclusive 2-Sided Black Ops 2 Poster
Best Buy (NA):
- Exclusive Black Ops 2-branded Dog Tags
- Exclusive Black Ops 2 Desktop Wallpaper, access granted on purchase
- Modern Warfare 3 Prestige Token
- Free Black Ops 2 T-shirt while supplies last
To see what retailers are offering bonuses in your territory, be sure to check out the official pre-order site.
From the first look it seems like GameStop has once again taken the prize for most exclusive items offered, since those who pre-order today have four different perks coming their way. As the release of the game crawls forward eligibility will be restricted, so wherever you plan on reserving your copy, it’s better to act sooner rather than later.
Obviously all of these assume that players everywhere are convinced that Black Ops 2 is worth not only a purchase, but a vote of confidence with only the first batch of details to go on. Some who saw the initial trailer – including EA’s global product manager – have already seen enough to write off the game entirely. Obviously fans have come to know what to expect from a Call of Duty title, but the commitment to story over setting glimpsed in the first trailer is encouraging. After all, placing unique personalities and modern espionage above accuracy did wonders for the Modern Warfare series.
The developers at Treyarch are clearly not intent on simply keeping the status quo – not entirely anyway. The multiplayer is apparently set to be updated, so for those players who have been demanding that the mode be given attention, their demands could be answered. Even if a little more information is required before the die-hard fans decide to bet on the game turning out well, we’ll bet that there won’t be any shortage of reserved copies.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases November 13, 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
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