Collectors Editions For Downloadable Games: Good Or Bad?
Two things seem to have exploded this generation: downloadable content and special editions of big games. ...so wouldn't it be logical to combine the two?
Okay, maybe not, but it might just be happening. Koku Gamer talks about a Collectors Edition of the downloadable game, Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, and the first bonus one receives for buying the more expensive version is this- they're getting it early. That's right, even though the game isn't technically released until next month, if you're willing to spring for the $19.95 Collectors Edition, you can play it now. Other bonuses include additional gameplay and levels, behind-the-scenes footage and a strategy guide. Big Fish Games will be selling the standard edition soon for the much cheaper price of $6.99. This may be the first example of a downloadable special edition but in all reality, it very likely won't be the last. We've seen some fantastic digital titles so far and there are a few that I would've considered paying more for a Collectors Edition (Wipeout HD and Flower come to mind), provided the extra stuff was worth it.
But I see two problems with this: firstly, one of the biggest appeals of special editions is the packaging. You know how the Collectors set for God of War III comes in a pretty Pandora's Box? Or just look at the White and Black Collectors Editions for Assassin's Creed II. All that extra physical loot is why many people lay down the extra cash; simply having a few more electronic files on your machine might not have that "must-have" quality for fans. Secondly, I've seen people complain about having to pay $10 for a digital game so they most certainly won't spring for double that price tag. However, if certain downloadable games become franchises that people continue to follow, and because we should - by all rights - value gameplay additions over cosmetic stuff, this might not be a bad idea. What say you?
11/28/2009 10:50:04 AM Ben Dutka