Publishers have been putting together “Collector’s Editions” of games for many years now. The contents vary depending on the franchise, but tend to include some sort of physical statue or other collectibles, an art book, and cosmetic in-game items. One thing that’s almost always included is the game itself. But apparently Amazon missed the memo on that.
Amazon has teamed up with EA to put together an exclusive Collector’s Edition of Battlefield 1, which curiously does not actually come with the game. Customers aren’t likely to be unaware that they won’t be getting the game, as it’s spelled out in the title of the product, which is “Battlefield 1 Exclusive Collector’s Edition – Does Not Include Game.”
What is so confusing is how you can call the product a “Collector’s Edition” of a game, when there isn’t actually a game included. The reason for doing this is likely so that gamers can purchase the game anywhere, but still be able to get all of the goodies in the so-called “Collector’s Edition” without having to buy the game a second time. Speaking of goodies, here’s what you can expect:
- Collector’s Edition Statue (14″ Tall)
- Exclusive Steel book
- Exclusive cloth poster
- Deck of playing cards
- Messenger pigeon tube with exclusive DLC content
- Exclusive patch
- Premium packaging
So how much does all of this set you back? It’s a whopping $129. That’s pretty typical for a collector’s edition of a game that actually includes the game. Amazon does have a couple of bundles that include the Standard and Deluxe versions of the game. These run you $189 and $209 respectively, which doesn’t add up to any sort of savings on the game itself.
I’m all for collector’s bundles, but this is just getting out of hand. The value of the content just isn’t enough to justify the price without the game. I can’t recommend against purchasing something like this enough. If companies start seeing that consumers will pay this sort of outrageous price for bundles that don’t even include the game, then you can bet that they will jump on board with it.