Guild Wars 2 Pre-Purchase – Good News, Bad News?

A few days ago, ArenaNet finally spread the news of when you will be able to pre-purchase Guild Wars 2, and what goodies you can expect from pre-purchasing one of three upcoming editions. While still not an announcement of the much yearned for release date, the news is an important milestone in the development of the game. On April 10, those who are sure about the success of Guild Wars 2 will be able to voice their certainty with their wallets, and ArenaNet will be able to gauge the preliminary measure of interest there is in their ambitious project.  In addition to this mutual benefit, the news also comes with an unspoken message – ArenaNet are steadily nearing completion. Good news all around, and that’s not even mentioning the goodies all three editions will come with – a free ticket to all beta events, the ability to join the game three days ahead of launch, and a fashionable ring to aid you in early levels.

The official page ArenaNet has put up – https://buy.guildwars2.com/ - details the aforementioned editions, on top of the promise to accept digital pre-purchases come next month. The page fails to mention an important note here but one of ArenaNet’s always helpful community managers pointed out on the Guild Wars 2 Guru forums: you will not only be able to pre-purchase physical (and in the case of some stores, digital) copies via retail, some retailers will also offer a pre-order program, meaning you can order without paying in full in advance – just in case you need to save up for that Rytlock statue that comes with the luxurious Collector’s Edition. If you decide on pre-ordering instead of pre-purchasing, take note you will only have one-day headstart access to the final game, as opposed to three.

Three Editions

The three editions that the page went live with.

So, to reiterate the news, the three editions of the game that will become available for pre-purchase on April 10 are Standard/Digital Edition, Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Edition. Although initially the official page only had a price tag on the Collector’s Edition, recently the page has been updated to include the prices retailers and news sites have been reporting. As it has been known before, the first edition is priced at $60/£50/€55, while the Digital Deluxe is priced at $80/£65/€75. The ultimate edition – Collector’s Edition – costs a whopping $149.99/£129.99/€149,99. This is what many fans came across as they read the news, and it’s not hard to understand that, upon noticing the pricing, the excitement took a bit of a hit for many. Controversy has risen. Are such high prices justified? Well, let’s start from the top.

The Digital Edition, or otherwise Standard Edition, is perhaps the easiest to justify. The price tag is still more than what you would shell out for a video game a few years ago, but the truth is, the same could have been said “a few years ago

  • Cyclops07

    I’m really looking forward to this game, and I would seriously consider getting the CE, but its not worth it imo. Not only are the items you get extra with it not in game stuff, but where is the map? I’m a sucker for a really cool map. Is there a metal reliefed case for the game? That would be cool too..but no. How about an authenticater? No again. As for the soundtrack, thats great but I’m sure you can find that on the ‘net soon after release. In the end, the statue I agree is awesome, but there is just not enough to justify buying the CE, especially for the Europeans. 

    • San_angel

      Look at the picture looks like its in a metallic looking box with a map on it

  • http://twitter.com/Suomidude Immorttalis

    I would just want an artbook, complete soundtrack (not “best of”) and a big box to have them all in (with the game itself, of course).

    Really, I’ve seen similar CEs for far less (The Witcher 2 CE, 110€ (80€ for the lucky ol’ me), collectable coins, soundtrack, artbook, a bust, papercraft things and the game, all in a huge box). If the price will stay this ridicilous, it’s just pure crazy to buy it.

    • Cyclops07

      yea, and the Golem banker will probably end up in the cash shop anyway

  • San_angel

    The article is a bit misleading. For one the golem banker isn’t your only access to the bank. You always have access, if you go to the npc. The golem banker is mobile allowing bank access no matter where you are. Pure convenience item. Simply saves time running to town. In no way is a pay to win.other games have used similar items for a while for example runes of magic has the same type of item in its cashshop

    And if I had to guess I would say the elite skill will likely be a reskinned version of a skill you can get ingame. Much like the old emote aura, purely cosmetic. I could be wrong but that’s what I would expect.

    • http://twitter.com/tomquo Tomas K. / Faceless

      The point you made regarding the golem banker is identical to that in the article: “[...] the five-day bank – is the only one that opposes the pay-to-win model”. I am sorry if that was unclear.

      As for the skill, that’s sheer speculation. No one knows what the skill is or does at this point. Although I personally trust ArenaNet, it’s not wrong to be cautious, given how rampantly such incentives go awry in the industry.

      • San_angel

        It was more a bit earlier in the article where you said a five day banker utterly defeats the purpose of a bank. Makes it sound like the golem is you only way to use the bank

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  • Miha Kurnik

    Hmm to if you balance the price with what you get – The best choice is Digital Deluxe in my opinion. But if you think about it…

    – Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill   *   Summon Wolf/Whatever Elite (maybe $$$ for skill, just not Mistfire Wolf? Maybe it will forever be for people that bought Digital Deluxe!?? Plausible but highly unlikely if you ask me…)

    – Miniature Rytlock   *   Miniature Whatever that will accompany you around. At https://buy.guildwars2.com/ it says that it is “rare” this maybe means it will be Digital Deluxe premium? Or just a bit pricey on the market for the people to obtain.
    – Golem Banker – Expendable   *   For $$$ you can have him for *** days
    – Chalice of Glory – Expendable   *   Buy for $$$ and you can help boost your Guild status
    – Tome of Influence – Expendable   *   Buy for $$$ and earn glory a lot faster!

    So is extra 20€ really justified for Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill and Miniature Rytlock? That you will eventually obtain similar items towards your level cap…

    I will think about this a bit more… I’m currently thinking about Digital Deluxe… But what if items that you get for infinite uses will cost less than 20€? I really don’t care about expendable items in deluxe, they just give you the taste what you can have. For real cash. But I’m just speculating!

    What do you think?