With the insurmountable (and rising) cost of video game development, gamers are finding themselves exposed to a few growing trends – DLC, microtransactions and the expensive collector’s edition box set. Original IPs and long established franchises alike are finding themselves getting these sorts of unique package treatments as developers and publishers turn to fan-geared knick knacks, goodies and merchandise to subsidize costs at launch, earn a little marketing buzz and quench fans’ thirst to get a hold of a piece of their favorite game worlds.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is one such ambitious game with a high development price tag but it also has a large amount of fans behind it. After original BioWare IP Dragon Age: Origins impressed and Dragon Age 2 was a divisive yet generally well-made sequel, fans have been chomping at the fantasy bit to see what Dragon Age: Inquisition can do next, and with a new announcement these fans won’t just be able to get their hands on a copy of the game come launch, but they’ll also be able to buy the Dragon Age: Inquisition – Inquisitor’s Edition package too.
Announced by way of the Internet’s most newsworthy social media platform, Twitter, the Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah took to the site to tweet out links for gamers interesting in pre-ordering BioWare’s latest. According to the collection of links (all to the GameStop website), Dragon Age: Inquisition — Inquisitor’s Edition will pack an expensive punch as it weighs in at $169.99 (the game is listed at that price across all platforms), a recommended retail price that is subject to change.
For that figure, buyers will get a “highly detailed exclusive case” that is “individually wrapped in faux reptile skin, has the mark of the Inquisitor stamped on top in gold foil, with an interior fitted with imprinted red silk.” If that doesn’t sound fancy enough, said faux skin will be protecting a “72 card Major and Minor Arcana tarot card deck with custom artwork depicting mythology from Dragon Age lore”, a set of Orlesian Coins and as if the box didn’t serve as enough protection, the copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition (the deluxe version comes with bonus armour and creature mount perks) within the reptilian package will also have its own steelbook case to sit in.
The more practical features that the Inquisitor’s Edition comes with are as follow — a “Cloth map of Thedas drawn to scale measuring approximately 22″ x 32″”, “One set of four full scale map markers each approximately measuring 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 4″”, “Quill and Inkpot” and a “40-page Inquisitor’s Journal” (although it’s unclear as to whether this will be filled with helpful tidbits or if it will be fit for doodling in). Meanwhile, less useful but still securing your position as a certified inquisitor, it will also include an Inquisitor Badge to pin proudly to your lapel.
That’s a pretty informative list that GameStop has provided but other important retail questions still remain. For one, that price could change and get a little more expensive (likely depending on the demand for this version of the game) and the retailer says that the only way to guarantee that $169.99 price is by pre-ordering it.
Furthermore, the Dragon Age: Inquisition — Inquisitor’s Edition package seems to be a GameStop exclusive in Europe and the United States, meaning that you’ll only be able to get the game from the GameStop website if you’re in one of many parts of Europe that doesn’t have many GameStop retail stores around. On the other hand, EB Games are the exclusive retailer for those in Canada so head to their website to pick up the Dragon Age: Inquisition — Inquisitor’s Edition ahead of the game’s release date which you can find out below.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7, 2014.
Source: Mark Darrah