Star Wars The Old Republic: EA ripping gamers off with Collector’s Edition

By Posted 20 Jul 2011, 20:49

We have a word of warning for those of you planning to pick up Star Wars The Old Republic later on in the year, especially if you consider yourself to be a big fan and are opting to pick up a special edition of the game instead.

You could have expected a Collector’s Edition of the game to come out along side the standard version, but one thing you will not expect is the alleged price tag as it has been revealed that gamers may have to fork out a near fortune in order to pick up the extra goodies.

Information obtained over at NeoGaf forums states that Star Wars fanatics who pick up the Collector’s Edition of the game will be treated to the following ‘physical’ goodies – Exclusive Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, Star Wars: The Old Republic game discs in collectable metal case, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural annotated by Satele Shan, Old Republic galaxy map, custom security authentication key, exclusive music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD and a high quality Collector’s Edition box.

As for the digital items you’ll get with the CE, they are rumored to include the following, as taken from a poster previewing the Collector’s Edition: Flare gun: Fire flares into the air, Training droid: Hovers at your side for combat assistance, HoloDancer: Project your own holographic dancer, HoloCam: Keep visual records of in-game adventures, STAP: Sleek and unique in-game vehicle, Exclusive Mouse Droid: Spunky droid to join your adventures, and an Exclusive Collector’s Edition store: Unique in-game vendor with a dynamic assortment of items.

While that vast list of bonuses is nothing short of mouthwatering, the same can hardly be said for the rumored price point – a cool $220 USD, or around 150 Euros for those of you living in Europe. No word on a potential UK price for the Collector’s Edition, but considering the US usually gets favored with price conversions, you just know it’s going to be bad.

We often say that Collector’s Editions only apply to the real die-hard fans of a particular game / franchise, but this is one instance where this couldn’t be more true, as the average gamer is definitely not going to pay over $150 for this, let alone the rumored $220. Are EA slightly mad in pricing this way over what gamers expect for this special edition? Of course there are going to be many individuals who will still buy the Collector’s Edition, but out of a matter of principle, it’s particularly worrying as a fellow gamer as these high priced tactics can only be bad news in terms of other companies seeing what EA has done and the fact that they may try to copy EA with future titles.

What are your thoughts on a potential $220 price point for the Collector’s Edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic – are you going to be buying it at the end of the year?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TI3MZSLAH7VWF3XG24QPYAGT2Q Bob

    I’m not going to pay that kind of money for the Collector’s Editions.  Who here would be willing to pay $220 for this Collector’s Editions?  On the other hand, I am a fan and can’t wait for this game to come out.  Any ideas when it will?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YBO3BZ7AMPQHJANZAUV74TO4HI Phillip

    I think it may be priced this high considering they’ll never make back the money they’ve spent on development, like seriously, most expensive game ever? I doubt we’ll be seeing this with their other titles.

  • Raskilinov

    But lets not forget there are some fans out there that buy into the Star Wars brand no matter what. 

    Mind you I’m sure that the prestige editions of COD games and others (I’m thinking Halo games – Legendary editions) were also heavily priced up, particularly those that offer statuettes as those are often in limited supply, so amongst collectors that already adds a price to the product. 

    It seems to me that wherever you have a large fan base, i.e. COD, Halo, Star Wars there will always be willing buyers for Collector Editions of games. 

    I cannot remember the UK prices for the prestige editions of COD games or legendary versions of Halo games, but this could top the lot.

  • Lovell Jean-Baptiste

    I totally agree with the article. It does not bode well for future games that EA will get away with charging such a premium for the collectors edition. I’m thinking of paying the price because I want all the in-game goodies and I’ll only regret it if I don’t have them. Sad I know but there it is :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Winston-Perez/100001599353561 Winston Perez

    THIS IS BS I USED TO GET GAMES FOR 40 $ COLLECTORS EDITION BRAND NEW.They are seriously getting money hungry. I am also a star wars fan but no star wars will ever be worth 220. F this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Winston-Perez/100001599353561 Winston Perez

    THIS IS BS I USED TO GET GAMES FOR 40 $ COLLECTORS EDITION BRAND NEW.They are seriously getting money hungry. I am also a star wars fan but no star wars will ever be worth 220. F this

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TI3MZSLAH7VWF3XG24QPYAGT2Q Bob

    I just received an e-mail today, to pre-order this game.  The Collector’s Editions is still a lot of money but it’s not $220.  It will be $150.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000465508347 Dennis Naroditskiy

    I was considering getting it, but when I saw that it cost $150, I nearly keeled over. I’ll stick with the standard version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000465508347 Dennis Naroditskiy

    I was considering getting it, but when I saw that it cost $150, I nearly keeled over. I’ll stick with the standard version.