Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition costs US$100, doesn’t come with the game

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By on March 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

This will go down as one of the more stranger bundles: a US$100 collector’s edition of a game that, according to the Bethesda Store, does not include a copy of the game. It’s included in bold print just so you don’t miss it, although so are all the bonuses, which we’ll get back to in a moment.

So why, Bethesda, does the Panzerhund Edition of Wolfenstein: The New Order not come with a copy of Wolfenstein itself? For convenience, apparently. The developer explains on their website: “Keep your pre-order at your favorite retailer and we’ll send you these goodies separately—this way we can ship these boxes worldwide and you’re not stuck waiting for your game to come along with an oversized, expensively shipped box.”

It stands to reason that gamers might have been happy with some alternative kind of arrangement – a copy of the game being shipped later on or something. Bethesda are collecting all of the revenue on this, so one wonders why that extra step couldn’t have been possible. It’s not like they aren’t putting in a significant amount of manufacturing effort already, including an 8 inch Panzerhund statue, 14 postcards, three embroidered patches, replica dog tags and a set of classified documents that includes case files, maps and an x-ray, apparently.

Source: Thanks, Blue’s News!

 

18 comments (Leave your own)

It stands to reason that gamers are idiots who will pay money for any old crap, and companies have worked this out.

 

It actually makes sense to me, especially if it’ll continue to be sold after release.

Buy game wherever, if you like it and really want extra stuff, buy it without getting a 2nd copy of the game.

 

Certainly an interesting idea. I think it could have been improved upon if they sent you a key for the game (for download on whatever distribution platform they use) on or just before the release date and then ship the box out to you.

Even if they did it as an optional extra i.e. pay $x more and receive a key emailed to you, allowing people to still buy the collectors edition and a hard copy of the game if they please.

 

caitsith01,

Why am I an idiot if I want to buy something that I enjoy, just because you don’t like it?

 

I don’t see a big deal with that, this just brings it to the same level of tie-in merchandising you see at EB, comic book stores etc. At least they make it clear you’re not getting the game.

 

Well it isn’t really the collector’s edition of the game now is it? It’s a box full of stuff that’s just related to the game.

 

caitsith01:
It stands to reason that gamers are idiots who will pay money for any old crap, and companies have worked this out.

The mass praise for goat simulator confirmed this for me.

 

vcatkiller:
Well it isn’t really the collector’s edition of the game now is it?It’s a box full of stuff that’s just related to the game.

It’s dolls for adult men. Which is fine, but let’s be clear about this.

 

kinkykel:
caitsith01,

Why am I an idiot if I want to buy something that I enjoy, just because you don’t like it?

In one sense, you’re not.

But presumably it is acceptable to pass qualitative judgments on people’s interests in another sense. If I tell you I really love collecting discarded cigarette butts with different colours of lipstick on them, I wouldn’t expect you not to make a value judgment about that.

This is basically a plastic toy and 20 cents worth of printed material tied to a game which you don’t even get.

I might even cynically say that this is a scheme to get you to pay another $50 for the game beyond what you would ordinarily pay for an ordinary ‘collectors edition’.

 

caitsith01,

I thought dolls for adult men were more inflatable? ;)

 

caitsith01,

Wait people don’t collect cigarette butts for the different coloured lipstick on them?

I get what you’re saying though. On a sheer value judgement it’s a total ripoff. I personally wont be getting it, I’ll be waiting for reviews to see whether it’s even worth getting the game first.

 

vcatkiller,

Hahahaha

 

I have enough crap in my house without trying to find space for even more. I only buy the boxed versions of games these days if they’re cheaper than downloaded ones for the same reason.

$100 US for a little statue and a bunch of printed crap without a copy of the game doesn’t make sense to me, but if you happen to have more dollars than sense feel free I guess.

 

kinkykel:
caitsith01,

Wait people don’t collect cigarette butts for the different coloured lipstick on them?

I get what you’re saying though. On a sheer value judgement it’s a total ripoff. I personally wont be getting it, I’ll be waiting for reviews to see whether it’s even worth getting the game first.

Wait, did I see you at the meetup last weekend?

On your second paragraph – to me that’s the weirdest thing. Who wants to fork out $100 for a special edition of what could be an awful game? I can understand after the game has been out for a year if it is a classic that it might be cool to have some special stuff connected with it. But before it even comes out… no.

 

…as an adult male.. I still love showbags, physical collectors editions of games, and CDs instead of digital compressed audio.

Ordered.

I look at gaming as art, and I look back on the various bits and bobs that came with collectors edition the way some people look back on paintings they’ve collected. The value isn’t the cost, the value is in what I see in it. A digital game has less value for me than this box of trinkets.

 

Nothing worse than preordering a collector’s edition in the full flower breathless anticipation for a games release, only to find its a rotten sham product that fails in every respect. Having the collectors fluff as a separate purchase is an excellent idea. That way people can make their minds up on its worth after they purchase the game.

 

I actually like the concept of getting the “collector’s edition” stuff separate to the game, although I don’t think it should be the only option. Many good points have been made, and it really seems like the ‘next step’ of Blizzard’s ‘upgrade to the Digital Deluxe version’ at any point (assuming they don’t ‘cancel’ it) after your purchase. It also helps in those cases where said retail store can only get X amount of CEs.

There have been a few instances where I’ve either missed out on getting a CE, or bought a standard version only to decide later that I would have liked the extra stuff, but not enough to warrant another purchase of the game itself (especially if the game brings the price up a further $60+). Assuming production/stock is kept available for a decent length of time, I think it could be a great benefit for both consumers and publishers a like, with increased availability/options for consumers, and of course, increased revenue for publishers.

Whether or not all Collector Edition packages will justify the price tag publishers choose to attached to them is for the individual to debate and decide, however I don’t see a move like this being a bad thing at all.

 

I don’t see how you can call it a collector’s edition of the game though if there’s no game with it. At best it’s just some collector’s items. It would be like going into EB, buying a Master Chief action figure and proclaiming you’ve just bought the collector’s edition of Halo whatever. Except it doesn’t include the game, you get to buy that separate.

 
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