Cataclysm Collector’s Edition Contents
Huzzah! And: $80? Oof! Expensive! I got the Wrath collector’s edition. How does this one fare? Analysis after the press release:
IRVINE, Calif., Aug 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for a limited-release Collector’s Edition of World of Warcraft(R): Cataclysm(TM), the third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game,* World of Warcraft. The special Collector’s Edition package, which will only be available at retail stores, will include the following exclusive bonus items in addition to the game disc:
— Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.
— Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil’ Deathwing will still proudly accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much, much larger counterpart.
— Behind-the-scenes DVD with over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries, as well as a special Warcraft(R) retrospective examining the rich gaming history of the Warcraft universe.
— Soundtrack featuring 10 epic new tracks from Cataclysm, including exclusive bonus tracks.
— Special-edition mouse pad depicting Deathwing menacing the ravaged continents of Azeroth.
— World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards, including a 60-card starter deck from the Wrathgate series, two extended-art cards, and two Collector’s Edition-exclusive hero cards, marking the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the TCG.
The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade(R) and Wrath of the Lich King(R), each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.
The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway. To set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate, please visit the official Battle.net website at http://www.battle.net.
The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows(R) XP/Windows Vista(R)/Windows(R) 7 and Macintosh(R) at a suggested retail price of $79.99. The release date and other details for the game will be announced in the months ahead. For more information on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, please visit the official website at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm.
only be available at retail stores — Um…? So, I won’t be able to order it from Amazon or anywhere, I’ll have to go down in person? This rather sucks, it does.
The reason for this tactic is apparent: to generate press and (free) publicity for long lines of people wanting Cataclysm. If you want to have the longest lines for any game evar, well then the best way to do that is to ensure that anyone who wants the game has to get in a line for it physically so they can be photographed doing so.
This is inconvenient. I’m no stranger to waiting in line but this is going to put some pressure on retail outlets to accommodate the crowd—more than usual, I mean. With everything, all purchases, funneled to one avenue that avenue’s going to be stretched.
I don’t envy the release day for anyone (or the night before for that matter, since the weather will be cold by the time Cataclysm releases). But, yes, I’ll be waiting in line with everyone. 😉
Meanwhile, the rest of the box…
Lil’ Deathwing — Hmm. Another dragon? I guess it’s tradition now to include a special dragon as the special pet but…I don’t know…a new game, new expansion, a new way of thinking about some things… That seems like exactly the right time to break with tradition.
Special-edition mouse pad — The Wrath mousepad is the only one I own or use. I use it for my Razer Naga mouse (the best gaming mouse ever, by the by) and it’s held up very well and looks fabulous even after all this time. I’ll be delighted to use the Cataclysm one!
So what’s the final verdict? Of course I’m getting one. I’ll lurv the pet (dragon though it is) and use the mousepad every day. And I’ll listen to the soundtrack frequently, as I do with the current soundtrack offerings now.
Look for me in line!