The Dragon Age 2 Preorder Bonus Cavalcade Continues

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The Dragon Age 2 Preorder Bonus Cavalcade Continues

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The Dragon Age 2 preorder saga continues as BioWare and Electronic Arts have come up with yet another bonus for those who missed the last one as well as a little something extra to keep people away from used copies.

Have you got your Dragon Age 2 preorder in yet? Those who put some money on the game before January 11 will be automatically upgraded to the "Signature Edition" of the game, which includes among other things The Exiled Prince, a Stone Prisoner-style add-on revealed last week as the game's first DLC. It's too late now to take advantage of that deal but EA has come up with another opportunity for people who just can't wait to throw money at the game to score some free loot.

Customers who preorder anytime prior to the game's release will receive the Lion of Orlais shield, a legendary shield with two rune slots that adds a bonus to health and experience; the Fadeshear sword, an ancient blade that does extra damage to demons and undead and becomes more powerful as players level up; and The Black Emporium, a store that offers some of the most powerful equipment in the game, including a Mabari war hound that will join you in battle, the Mirror of Transformation and other unique, mysterious artifacts.

Don't want to preorder? You can still pick up a little extra just by staying away from the preowned section of the store, as all brand-new copies of Dragon Age 2 will come with The Black Emporium. And no worries if you preordered the game prior to January 11 and were automatically upgraded to the Signature Edition, because you'll get all of this stuff too. For those who miss the boat completely, The Exiled Prince will be available for separate purchase for 560 Microsoft points - about seven bucks - but there's no indication that the second-stage preorder stuff will be on offer.

Can you keep all that straight? Head over to dragonage.bioware.com if you need a little help making sense of it all. Dragon Age 2 comes out on March 8 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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I have already pre-ordered signature edition but more free stuff is always a plus ;D

This has to come out in the same month as two other amazing titles though ._.

I need to make sure I save for March...

Fanny-tastic. Good thing I did go for the Signature Edition.

Well at least this stuff doesn't have some stupid time limit -_-

Anyone else getting kinda nervous about all this preorder bonus business? I mean, it almost seems like they're trying to cash in on the hype for fear that it's a terrible game and won't sell well. I hope I'm over analyzing this, but that's the impression I'm getting.

i preordered months ago, so yippy? more free stuff please :D

Just hope this is extra content and not just content that's cut to pander to project ten dollar.

All of this incentive to preorder the game and, to buy new copies when it does come out makes me really suspect that Bioware and EA have little faith in this title. I've seen a ton of adverts for what I get when I preorder the game but I haven't seen a trailer in a while. Granted it's a bit early for trailers on TV but then many have pointed out that it's too early to shove all of this DLC under our nose.

I'm still planning to wait until I can rent this one before I try it out: I've been unsure of it from the first bits of concept art. Not saying it's going to be bad but looking back it did take a while for the original to get on my good side. I'm hoping this game is worth playing in a few months when I rent a copy that is devoid of the single best shop, the mabari war hound (which I never used anyway honestly) and, all the other things I'm passing over by waiting. Of course even if it isn't worth playing, a few extra bells and tassels wouldn't be much incentive to give it a free ride.

sir.rutthed:
Anyone else getting kinda nervous about all this preorder bonus business? I mean, it almost seems like they're trying to cash in on the hype for fear that it's a terrible game and won't sell well. I hope I'm over analyzing this, but that's the impression I'm getting.

I think I beat you with the over analysis xD
But I'm thinking the same thing you are even if it takes me much longer to get it across

Shoggoth2588:
All of this incentive to preorder the game and, to buy new copies when it does come out makes me really suspect that Bioware and EA have little faith in this title.

Or they just want some extra cash.

OT:

Glad I pre-ordered the Signature Edition!

XD

God, there's a shitload of DLC here!

Uhm, I never got that deal with the lootstuff...
Why would I preorder, to get things that make the game easier (damage) and quicker (xp)!?

I'm just going to wait until Steam kicks out a version that has everything and is $10 less than the retail price.

I'm wondering if all the free stuff is to get people to preorder before they find out how bad it is. Just a thought.

On a side note, I'm buying this game used to protest the amount of content they are cutting for Day 1 DLC for peorders only. It's ridiculous.

People are really sheep sometimes.
Let me break this down for the sheep here.

Its not 'free' if you paid for it.
Its NOT 'free' if you paid for it.
Its NOT 'FREE' if you PAID for it already!.

Removing content from the final product (hence day zero/one 'DLC') is an absurdity that I can't believe people tolerate.
This isn't a 'pre-order bonus' thing. Its not 'free' stuff. You already paid for it and its just locked away/removed from the final disk so they could do their promotional stuff.

You're all paying for 'mods' that used to be free!
Enjoy it then, enjoy emptying your wallets to feed these corrupted marketers. Be the sheep that you are.

/facepalm

EDIT: Unrelated, but fuck Capcom for ripping of 'Xplosion Boy/Man'.

I'm going to wait until the Ultimate Edition, ta. I'm concluding that if you haven't pre-ordered it now, you're going to have to pay through the nose to scoop up the "extra" content.

Raithnor:
I'm just going to wait until Steam kicks out a version that has everything and is $10 less than the retail price.

^This one has it exactly right. May be a few months after retail, but so what. 'Least by then there will be enough word of mouth and review scores to judge the game by.

More stuff is cool, but I don't know if i will use all of it when i start playing having good gear right of the bat might kill the games difficulty.

All this hassle makes me want to grab a second hand copy of the game. xD

So, I'd be paying $10 extra for a sword and shield, or are they pulling the "we are trying to stop people from buying used, but jacked the price of the PC version up also since they can't buy used either" shit? No sale here.

It's worth noting for anyone who has ordered the game, you may want to take a minute to go to the DA2 site and sign up for some additional bonus items:

Hindsight, a belt (with a Penny-Arcade animated video and story to go with it)

Staff of Parthalan

You need to sign up for the Dragon Age 2 newsletter to get them, but they're otherwise free, and probably only available until the game launches.

Goood, Goooooooooooooooood. I WANT ME SOME DRAGON AGE 2 SCHTUFF! Thank god I preordered early.

Man, the signature edition I'm getting is looking better and better.

Agree

mattttherman3:
Man, the signature edition I'm getting is looking better and better.

Agreed.

For those whining about day one DLC, get over it. I'm willing to pay another ten dollars for an extra character, and starting equipment for my characters. Especially if it looks pretty cool like the shield. If you're worried about not getting your moneys worth out of this game there's a pretty simple solution. Don't buy it, end of story.

I guess luckily I have a job where I don't have to second guess most of my gaming purchases, it's a bioware rpg. That's honestly about all I need to know in order to buy it. If that makes me a sheep, so be it. I've yet to regret buying one of their games thus far.

As I said before I will wait for the compilation game of the year edition that will inevitably have all the dlc and buy that when it comes out. I learned my lesson from Dragon Age Origins.

I will still buy Mass Effect 3 on release day though.

I've had it reserved since the Signature Edition was announced. Still, good times

The more I hear, the more I get the impression this game will suck. I feel uncomfortable wanting to spend money on this over-hyped bullshit.

The way I see it, the Sig. Edition is the ACTUAL full game on disc and the regular are just those with incomplete package.

All in all, I am not getting this on day one, I have no faith anymore in EA's practices.

Omnific One:
I'm wondering if all the free stuff is to get people to preorder before they find out how bad it is. Just a thought.

On a side note, I'm buying this game used to protest the amount of content they are cutting for Day 1 DLC for peorders only. It's ridiculous.

Let me know how that works out for you... Oh wait, BioWare don't care since they aren't actually getting a cut for trade-in resales, hence the policy.

Assassin Xaero:
So, I'd be paying $10 extra for a sword and shield, or are they pulling the "we are trying to stop people from buying used, but jacked the price of the PC version up also since they can't buy used either" shit? No sale here.

Meanwhile, in Signature Edition territory, things are looking great.

obscurumlux01:
People are really sheep sometimes.
Let me break this down for the sheep here.

Its not 'free' if you paid for it.
Its NOT 'free' if you paid for it.
Its NOT 'FREE' if you PAID for it already!.

Removing content from the final product (hence day zero/one 'DLC') is an absurdity that I can't believe people tolerate.
This isn't a 'pre-order bonus' thing. Its not 'free' stuff. You already paid for it and its just locked away/removed from the final disk so they could do their promotional stuff.

You're all paying for 'mods' that used to be free!
Enjoy it then, enjoy emptying your wallets to feed these corrupted marketers. Be the sheep that you are.

/facepalm

EDIT: Unrelated, but fuck Capcom for ripping of 'Xplosion Boy/Man'.

Then I guess it IS free since other people will have to pay for it. And fuck capcom.

That mabari looks badass, but I have a feeling he's not a full party member. Most of the DA:O DLC was meh, so I'm not getting my hopes up.

So you're telling me to sit there downloading for half an hour? Fuck it i'll buy this extra character add on if it's proved to be worth my time, and the free loot gets to fuck off

obscurumlux01:
People are really sheep sometimes.
Let me break this down for the sheep here.

Above: Person who understands nothing about our economic system insulting others for their ignorance.

obscurumlux01:
Removing content from the final product (hence day zero/one 'DLC') is an absurdity that I can't believe people tolerate.

Goods and services are priced based off of their relative rarity and worth to the consumer, not by some divine statement that Game Developers Must Put Everything They Produce On One Disc For You, Always Priced At 50 Dollars USD. This is the way that it was in the past, but its not anymore. It HAD to be this way. There was no method for them to sell you more of their stuff. Expansion packs used to get a lot of shit for not being released in the main game or just expanded into a sequel. Game development costs have skyrocketed over the years, and yet costs have increased... nothing for PC gamers, and 10 dollars for console gamers. Maybe they need the money? You are not entitled to a single thing that a game developer produces. If Bioware decides to say that levels 1 through 6 are included in the main game, and 7, 8 and 9 will be sold separately as DLC, that's their decision too. If you think DLC should only be produced and made available after the games release, well that's fine, but the rest of us don't care. I'm not stupid because I'm willing to buy day 1 DLC, I'm willing to buy it because that is its value to me. That's how much I will enjoy it. Other companies offer all of their work up for 50 dollars straight up, and then start working on the next title. And I think their work is shit. I work for my money, and I'm more than willing to throw down 100 dollars total for all the content they will produce for Dragon Age 2 like I did for Dragon Age 1, because Bioware has proven time and again to me that it will be worth it.

Personally, I can't see any reason why someone would be spend 600 dollars on an iPad. Or 1,000 for a bed. Or 250,000 for a house. I don't call them stupid for it, I just realize that other people hold different values for different things. Its kinda why we have money in the first place.

obscurumlux01:

Its NOT 'FREE' if you PAID for it already!.

This isn't a 'pre-order bonus' thing. Its not 'free' stuff. You already paid for it and its just locked away/removed from the final disk so they could do their promotional stuff.

You aren't entitled to that content in the first place. You didn't pay for it. You paid for exactly what Bioware and EA decided were to be included with the game. You never were entitled to everything they would ever develop in relation to the game. Get over yourself, growing up will be a lot less harsh for you if you face reality now.

Be the sheep that you are.

Who, me? I don't know what you're talking about. Baaa.

So, because I didn't have the money to pre-order DA2 at the time, I now have to pay for the Exiled Prince thing if I want to play it?
Cheers for that EA, totally not a dick move in any way, shape or form.

spectrenihlus:
As I said before I will wait for the compilation game of the year edition that will inevitably have all the dlc and buy that when it comes out. I learned my lesson from Dragon Age Origins.

I will still buy Mass Effect 3 on release day though.

I wonder how many other people are like this, I know I am.

MisterShine:
You are not entitled to a single thing that a game developer produces.

It's not so much about entitlement as it is about an observable decline in value for money. Like you said, the value of a video game is a very subjective thing so it is quite difficult to observe when the customer is getting less worth for there money than they did in the past, but here it is obvious that they are.

You say that "If Bioware decides to say that levels 1 through 6 are included in the main game, and 7, 8 and 9 will be sold separately as DLC, that's their decision too" and you're right, it is their decision, but it's also your decision whether you support them in it and allow them to do it. If they sell parts 7, 8 and 9 as DLC and enough people buy it, then maybe they decide for the next game to sell parts 6, 7, 8 and 9 as DLC and then maybe 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 until maybe you get to the point that you pay full price for what is essentially a demo and then buy all the rest of it piecemeal as DLC. I don't blame Bioware or EA or whoever for trying to get more money for the content they're producing, it makes sense for them to do it. However, I do blame people like you who just roll over and take it, because if you view it in the long run, it doesn't make sense for you; you're paying more for what you could have had for less. I don't blame you too harshly, I understand why you do it; you want to play a fun game now, I've probably made similar concessions myself in the past. But the end result will still be the same: our position as consumers will have eroded slightly because a new benchmark will have been set wherein we pay x amount of £/$ for 95% of the game instead of 100%. Perhaps the industry cannot support selling 100% of the game-as you mentioned, production costs have increased-but if we take your attitude, we'll never know because the developers will start selling 95% because they can rather than because they have to.

It's the same reason why DRM has become so bad; people continued to buy the games even as the customer's side of the deal became steadily worse, piece by piece (although, in this situation, the developer's side didn't actually get any better, stupidly). And now, instead of just having invasive SecuROM we have games that require a permanent internet connection. The developers have every "right" to screw over the customer, but they will only be able to do it if the customer lets them.

I actually don't mind Project Ten Dollar so much becuase it's kind of an interesting and intelligent idea on EA's part. Particularly in comparison to the industry's previous attempts to get a better deal out of selling games, which is to say DRM and name-calling. It's an upwards trend at least. Maybe one day they'll reach the point where they start offering something positive and I can get in on the deal.

I can hardly wait to play this game three years from now as a rental and judge it solely on what's actually on the disc.

sir.rutthed:
Anyone else getting kinda nervous about all this preorder bonus business? I mean, it almost seems like they're trying to cash in on the hype for fear that it's a terrible game and won't sell well. I hope I'm over analyzing this, but that's the impression I'm getting.

I considered that. Then I remembered, rolol, it's bioware.

BIOWARE. LET ME PREORDER OFF OF STEAM. I AM NOT FUCKING AROUND WITH ALL THESE WEBSITES JUST PUT IT ON STEAM!

TsunamiWombat:

sir.rutthed:
Anyone else getting kinda nervous about all this preorder bonus business? I mean, it almost seems like they're trying to cash in on the hype for fear that it's a terrible game and won't sell well. I hope I'm over analyzing this, but that's the impression I'm getting.

I considered that. Then I remembered, rolol, it's bioware.

BIOWARE. LET ME PREORDER OFF OF STEAM. I AM NOT FUCKING AROUND WITH ALL THESE WEBSITES JUST PUT IT ON STEAM!

That's what I keep telling myself, but don't forget EA's in the equation as well. If they interfere too much it could cancel out Bioware's awesome. Also, mathematical speaking, the longer Bioware goes without making a bomb the more likely it is they'll make one. To this day, I don't think they've ever even made a mediocre game by most standards (except Mass Effect for iPhone, but honestly who counts that?) so they're long past due. Also, it's on Steam as of today. Comes with the 2 bonuses for preordering.

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