With the new battlefield trailer out, it’s no surprise EA will do what EA does best, which is to be a scummy anti-consumer corporation . To be fair, the trailer looks nice, and while we’ll reserve judgement on it until the game’s released, the trailer does look quite decent. Granted, it’s completely devoid of all gameplay, but that’s not much of a surprise. Naturally with the new trailer out, it’s only natural the publishing giant would also announce the Battlefield 1 Collector’s Edition. In fact, it was posted a few hours before the trailer was up on Amazon. So, what does this include exactly?
The game, a steelbook, a 14″ statue of random generic soldier #1924, a cloth propaganda poster (that’s actually pretty cool), a deck of playing cards that look more generic than a generic pound store version of checkers, an “exclusive” patch that barely looks like it even belongs in the same game, a piece of exclusive DLC because apparently 2011 is calling, and the pièce de résistance of “Premium Packaging”, or (in layman’s terms) a cardboard box.
Sorry, what? “Premium Packaging”? Oh no, this isn’t a typo, it’s not a mistake, it’s there, labeled as if they’re so proud they can finally include “Premium Packaging”. In fact, they’re so proud of their “Premium Packaging” It’s a blerb on the front store page. Sorry, what constitutes “Premium Packaging”? Is “Premium Packaging” just a cardboard box? Is it a fancy cardboard box? Is it a fancy cardboard box with colored ink? Is it a fancy cardboard box with ink in a matt finish? Seriously, never mind the fact that the collector’s edition is $219.99 dollars, and never mind the fact that you could get the console used on Ebay for less, and never mind that the statue is being valued at roughly $140 god damn dollars, what is “Premium Packaging”? Does the box my Ritz Crackers come in constitute as “Premium Packaging”?
but do you know what’s really egregious about this? It doesn’t even include the season pass for the game. This is a $219.99 collector’s edition, that doesn’t even include the season pass.
Oh, but don’t you worry, because the Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition is being made by the exact same people! Or (at least) it’s marketing material is being made by the same people, right down to the “Premium Packaging”, and that collector’s edition comes with even worse tat, and it costs more at $249.99! It includes the game, the steelbook, the season pass, an 11″ generic soldier #9783 statue on a motorcycle, a frag grenade key-chain, a picture, and the “Premium Packaging”.
If it makes any of this any less scummy, you can get some money off the price of each if you have Amazon Prime, making them $175.99 and $199.99 respectively. We don’t know if this makes it better, or if it makes it more egregious.
The battlefield 1 Collector’s Edition will be released on the 18th of October, 2016. The Gear of War 4 Collector’s Edition will be released on the 7th of October, 2016. So, buckle in…I guess.