Working for an online retailer must be a little like prowling the isles of the warehouse from Raiders of the Lost Ark – the kind of place where powerful trinkets exist alongside industry secrets, and all it takes to melt a thousand fanboy faces is one momentary lapse in judgement. Today’s bumbling blunder comes to us by virtue of the folks over at Amazon.com, who appear to have outed a deluxe edition for the upcoming MMORPG project The Elder Scrolls Online.
Spotted by eagle-eyed Amazon user ‘Char,’ this so-called ‘Imperial Edition’ first appeared as a series of promotional images listed within the Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition product page. Given publisher Bethesda‘s involvement in both franchises, as well as their joint status as ‘special edition’ titles — and its easy to see just how a non-game playing employee might have momentarily muddled the two.
According to the product images nabbed by ‘Char,’ — available to view both above and below — the unannounced collector’s set will feature the following incentives:
- Collector’s Edition Box & Steelbook Packaging
- Molag Bal Statue — A collectible 12″ statue featuring Molag Bal, Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement
- Map of Tamriel — A printed map detailing alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil
- Emperor’s Guide to Tamriel — A 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius
- Access to Exclusive Digital Content — including a white Imperial horse, Mudcrab ‘vanity pet,’ the ‘Rings of Mara’ and the ability to play as an Imperial in any alliance
With Amazon and Bethesda yet to comment on or officially confirm the leak, the rumored set remains without a price tag or a list of compatible platforms. Only the PlayStation 4 edition, explicitly mentioned in the above material is sure of receiving the bundle, should the pack turn out to be genuine. While the Xbox One and PC are almost certain to join in on the fun, Mac users may find themselves left out in the cold – at least where the Imperial Edition is concerned – due to their lower overall install base, and smaller game playing community.
Given the higher costs of next-gen software, and the apparent quality of the items on display – fans will likely end up paying northwards of $100 to $125 for the purported set. While the packaging, statuette, artbook/ guide and DLC all appear to present reasonable value for money, the inclusion of a printed map seems an odd choice here — considering the ever-changing territories present in The Elder Scrolls Online. The MMO requires a monthly subscription fee on top of the purchase price and for Xbox One players, a Gold membership is also required.
Is this special edition set legit? What kind of collectibles were you hoping for from The Elder Scrolls Online? How might ZeniMax improve upon the overall package? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest Elder Scrolls news, right here on Game Rant.
The Elder Scrolls Online arrives April 4, 2014 for PC and Mac platforms, with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ports set to debut in June.
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