Eager to get people to register their interest in the game, Activision and Bungie have already announced several Destiny 2 pre-order bonuses. Not only does pre-ordering get people an exotic weapon, but they can also bag themselves a Kill-Tracker Ghost and an emote.
But this digital content and the early access to the Destiny 2 beta, aren’t the only things that players will be gifted for pre-ordering. Reports on social media confirm that those who pre-order the game from GameStop will also be able to get a Destiny 2 fidget spinner. The black and white gizmo is styled just like the Destiny 2 logo itself, with many fans agreeing that Bungie and Activision couldn’t not take up this glorious opportunity to get in on the fidget spinner trend.
The fidget spinner pre-order bonus is a bit of fun and it was first posted on the r/FellowKids, which is a good indication of how seriously people are taking this. However, Destiny 2 isn’t even the first game this year to gift fans with one of the toys as thanks for pre-ordering, as GameStop in Ireland also gave away Crash Bandicoot fidget spinners.
While keyrings and other assorted bits of merchandise are par for the course, games like Need for Speed: Payback are also offering things like exclusive tire smoke to fans that pre-order. Over the years, games have also offered players with extra in-game lives, golden guns, and special attacks. In 2014, inFamous: Second Son even offered glow in the dark condoms as a pre-order bonus.
It’s also unlikely that the trend of weird and bizarre pre-order bonuses will end any time soon, either. The sheer amount of games vying for attention means that offering people additional, free content is a great way to draw them in and help that game to stand out from the crowd. Pre-orders, and those week one sales are also important for developers and publishers as getting to the top of a sales list can help get the game in front of more people, leading to even more sales.
Unfortunately though, pre-orders can sometimes backfire. As seen with Mass Effect: Andromeda, which offered early access as a pre-order bonus, as well as the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight which offered a Harley Quinn mission for pre-ordering, placing a pre-order comes with a significant risk. Destiny 2 looks set to deliver on its promises but with all games, there is no guarantee of its quality and it’s important to remember that, even if a game’s pre-order loot looks really good.
Destiny 2 is set to release September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, then on PC on October 24.