Collectors Editions Yield Lots Of Extra Cash For Developers
You may not have noticed, but it seems we're running a lot of Collectors Edition stories for most major game releases. Some may complain that the extra $10 isn't worth the price of admission, while other hardcore fans say they must have it, even if it's more outlandish (like that crazy Resident Evil 5 LE package).
But either way, the reason for these special packages for the fans should be obvious: it makes the developers more money. According to PS3Center, it was revealed at the MI6 Conference that a $69.99 Collectors Edition will yield an extra $700,000 in revenue on average, and believe it or not, CE or LE editions make up about 15% of total software sales for the PS3. ...is that even possible? Well, they do say that three titles this generation have actually sold just as many Collectors Editions as regular editions: Prince of Persia, Perfect Dark Zero and Stranglehold. Not surprisingly, you won't find many fancy editions for Wii games, simply because they don't cater to the hardcore, so a Collectors/Limited edition of something like Rayman Raving Rabbids may appear silly. Worse, it'd probably be a waste of money for the publisher. Even avid gamers aren't always interested in the extra content; the soundtrack, behind-the-scenes videos, figurines, etc. just don't appeal to everyone, but clearly, enough people want the goodies. We wouldn't keep seeing CE/LE editions of games if they didn't, right?
So, do you buy Collectors versions of hot titles? Maybe if it's a game in your favorite franchise or something, right? For my part, I'll buy a Final Fantasy or Gran Turismo CE, but that's about it.
4/9/2009 Ben Dutka