Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition Costs $100, Doesn't Include Game

Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition Costs $100, Doesn't Include Game

The collectors edition includes many things, but no actual game.

Wolfenstein is returning, again! With the May 20th release date right around the corner, the hype machine is cranking out its siren song. Now is the time to get pumped about the murder of futuristic cyborg Nazis. This is when retailers start hawking massive collectors editions with night vision goggles and remote controlled cars. Bethesda is no exception here, as Wolfenstein: The New Order's Panzerhund Edition is a footlocker filled everything but the actual game itself.

Upon cracking open your "vintage footlocker-style box", you'll find a host of alternate-future relics. There's a classified documents folder with an assortment of various maps, casefiles and an x-ray. Most of the box is taken up with a huge statue of the animal-like Panzerhund robot. You also get 14 "full-color weathered-looking" post cards you can send to your friends, informing them that you've been fully immersed in your new game. After that, you can sew the three embroidered patches onto your clothing and wear the replica dog tags around your neck, so you can LARP the character of BJ Blazkowicz between load screens. Yet, while you get a Steelbook case to house your precious game disc, that's something that you'll have to get separately.

It might sound weird, but Bethesda has a justification. "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."

Wolfenstein: The New Order Panzerhund Edition costs $100 and ships out on May 20th. Since this edition doesn't include a game, it would be better to think of it as costing $160, unless you really just want that statue and don't care about the game. If that sounds too expensive to you, then you're likely not the right market for these editions anyways.

Source: Bethesda Store

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Who IS the market for these editions? People who have a rare medical condition by which if they don't empty their bank account every month they suffer some kind of horrible money allergy hives?

I know a lot of people who have some of this tat and simply want to get rid of it since it is merely clutter and much of it is from middling games that no one will give 1/2 a shit about in a year.

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It's a fairly good idea though since it means more money to the developers rather than the retail stores (who will save some space that would otherwise be taken up with bulky collectors editions). Plus you can get all of the shelf fodder even if you buy a digital version.

OK.... THIS IS FUCKING STUPID!

OT: I hope this doesn't do well as I'd rather this dumb thing not become a trend I mean buying a collecters without a game is stupid and that stuff looks far from being worth 100$

Is this one of those have cake and eat it situations?

$100 for game + goodies is expensive yet I'll admit I have done that in the past.

$100 for goodies + $60 for game? That sounds suspiciously like attempting to work MMO double dipping into single player.

Back in my day you paid for a Collectors edition of a game and got the game. Something I may be telling the kids in the future.

CriticalMiss:
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It's a fairly good idea though since it means more money to the developers rather than the retail stores (who will save some space that would otherwise be taken up with bulky collectors editions). Plus you can get all of the shelf fodder even if you buy a digital version.

I think you hit the nail on the head by calling it "shelf fodder". I've friends who have houses cluttered with this stuff, and while I'd never deride anyone for buying whatever it is that they like (save for perhaps black tar heroin) I've noticed most of it just ends up sitting around on end tables collecting dust. I can understand the appeal of having a bunch of neat stuff that goes with a game you really enjoy, but the amount of sheer junk that tends to come in these baffles me. Post cards? How pretentious would someone have to be to actually mail me a post card to tell me they are really liking the new Wolfenstein? And how does one know if they'll be that into the game before they even buy it? At least this way you can get all this nonsense without having to pay for the game.

I can understand collector's editions, to an extent. I bought the Dark Souls II one and currently have both the statue and artbook on my bookshelf - it's not like I don't have room for it. The map looks nice enough to hang on my wall, but that would take a bit more effort.

But this crap? I don't know what I would even do with half of it. It looks like the swag you would get at a convention or something. And it doesn't even come with the game? Is this a thing now? I mean, good for people who want the swag without the game or vice versa, but I don't really think that is a market. $160 to have both is ludicrous.

Well... I actually like this...
You see, sometimes its better to buy a game and then if its a game you like, you buy the special edition. That is what I myself did with STALKER CLear Sky. Bought it once, was buggy as shit but it was awesome, so I bought a special edition...
And had to find someone to sell the old edition to... in a country where even if I were giving it for free it would be hard to find someone to take it.

This is assuming, the SPecial Panzerhund edition is somewhat fairly priced.
As for Wolfesntein... I am hyped..

The only swag like this I own is from Working Designs studio and back then they were free with pre-order. And really nice stuff too. I still have my punching Ghaleon at home. I don't even pre-order games anymore since god knows what kind of quality they'll be so I don't really get shelling out that much for just the swag. You could buy at least another full price game for that much.

Panzerhund? I know Panzerabwehrhunde (anti-tank dogs), but those were a rather...questionable experiment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

Anyway, this is a new level of ripping the customers off. Fallout 3 came with a similiar CE, only they had the curtesy to sell the game and its bonus content in a bundle...

So basically you're paying 100$ for the statuette, because the rest is garbage. I dunno about this. I've bought a couple of CE's myself, like the SC2 Wings Of Liberty one, which had SC and BW in it in a flash drive modeled after Jim Raynor's dogtags, which was pretty cool, as well as Bioshock 2 which had an enormous hard cover artbook, 4 posters, and the soundtrack for the first 2 games on CD and Vinyl, which was absolutely fucking amazing... and it only cost about 60 euros. WITH the game. This... yeah, it looks really cheap and shitty. Even if the statuette is great, this is not a good CE.

SO in short $100 for everything but the game and more for the actual game which is probably gonna be shite... seriously... did anyone play the last wolfenstein game... or the one before that?

I like how they assume you already pre-ordered the game. May all of the industry learn from this newest product soon-to-be failure.

While I can understand their argument, I still think it's rather bad. I'll be the first to admit people are stupid. Someone will purchase this without reading what they're actually buying. Yes, it would be the buyer's fault, but the whole name is misleading. I think they should rename it. Just call it a Collection Pack not a Collector's Edition.

As someone who has bought more Limited/Collector's Edition of games that (for the most part) have enjoyed at this point in time, even I'm calling bullshit on something like this... I can only think of two reason why they're doing something like this:

1) Not every fan of Wolfenstein would want to play a game they probably would not enjoy as much as they think they will... (I should know, given how I spent $$$ on the Collector's Edition of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City...) So, instead, they can get the goodies that would have swayed them to buy the game in the first place...
2) They KNOW their game isn't going to be as great as people/fans would expect it to be, so by cutting out "the problem", they can still get people to buy it for the goodies...

Other than that, the goodies, themselves, look kinda awesome to have... even if it's just a standalone to the actual game itself...

...

I think I'll just wait for a Steam Sale then, there isn't much point to getting the Collectors Edition without the actual game included.

Why is it called an "edition" when it doesn't include an "edition"?

Hm...this is weird. I suppose there are a few people out there who would just be interested in the stuff and not the actual game. I did buy the Dark Souls II Collector's Edition more because of the map and statue than the actual game. But still, I have a hard time swallowing that any edition of a game doesn't come with the actual game.

I think I may actually purchase this. I love the look of the physical items and I have a space on my shelf that needs filling and the robot wolf thing is perfect for it. I have always liked buying Collector's Editions of games.

I'm not sure this is worth it, I'm not sure what shipping costs they're referring to as Amazon has free shipping options including prime, which is arguably free.
So, they don't seem to be saving anyone anything, it'd be nice to have something to compare this to, a similar sized statue and goodies. Best I can compare this to is Titanfall for 250...which came with a massive 18" statue of a mech with 3 soldiers fighting around it on a street, it was also light up.

Or Mass Effect 2 and 3 which came with small goodies for 60 then 80 bucks, the mark up on 3 was really lame for a similar amount of content.

Either way, no real interest in this despite it being based off the classic game.

Can't help but think this is a great idea. Most collectors' editions I've wanted to actually buy I've wanted after already playing the game, at which point buying the game again is redundant. The price is very steep for sure, but I wouldn't mind the collector package being separate from the actual game.

Collectors edition of what? Without the game, it isn't an edition of the game, it's just associated paraphernalia. You literally need to include a game in it for a collector's edition of the game. If they don't advertise that as a collector's edition of a footlocker, there are going to be some pissed people with a legitimate beef when they find no game.

-Dragmire-:
It all seems like so much fluff after remembering this thing.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126707-Saints-Row-IV-Unveils-1-Million-Special-Preorder-Edition

Did anyone actually buy that? I'm genuinely curious. The difference is, I'm pretty sure someone at Bethesda actually thought someone would be willing to pay for a $100 box of feelies, while the $1 million Saint's Row preorder was probably just a marketing gimmick.

SecondPrize:
Collectors edition of what? Without the game, it isn't an edition of the game, it's just associated paraphernalia. You literally need to include a game in it for a collector's edition of the game. If they don't advertise that as a collector's edition of a footlocker, there are going to be some pissed people with a legitimate beef when they find no game.

Exactly.

You don't see a Pikachu stuffed cuddly toy advertised as a "special collector's edition" of a Pokemon game, or one of those vinyl big-headed figurines of Final Fantasy characters as a "Collector's edition" of Final Fantasy whichever-number-the-character-is-from..

Gorrath:

I think you hit the nail on the head by calling it "shelf fodder". I've friends who have houses cluttered with this stuff, and while I'd never deride anyone for buying whatever it is that they like (save for perhaps black tar heroin) I've noticed most of it just ends up sitting around on end tables collecting dust. I can understand the appeal of having a bunch of neat stuff that goes with a game you really enjoy, but the amount of sheer junk that tends to come in these baffles me.

That's exactly why I stopped buying physical collectors editions, especially after I moved out from home and had to start lugging my posessions around every time a lease didn't get renewed. Out of all the random junk you get with those eiditions, I think the only thing I ended up using to a proper extent was the shirt I got with Half Life 2. Everything else is sitting in a giant plastic container in storage somewhere.

I don't buy Bethesda's excuse here, it seems like a silly resolution to a non-existent problem. If you're worried about customers having to wait, just email them a download key on release date. There, problem solved! Maybe I should work in Bethesda's marketing department.

Unless of course, it was just a thinly veiled excuse to charge people extra money. But come on, what are the chances of THAT?

Sooooooooo... it's just a box of promo crap?

That's like... when you're a kid and you buy a bunch of happy meal toys, I mean they're nice and all but they're not what you're supposed to be here for...

I really hope this thing doesn't sell very well, it could set a very dangerous precedent for others to try the same crap, I don't want to see this kind of business model becoming the norm anytime soon.

There's no ripping off here as far as I can tell. No in-game content in the special edition, which I am a big fan of, and why not allow players to buy the extras separately? It's their prerogative and the more buying freedom they have the better. I wouldn't pay anywhere near that for it, so I wouldn't buy it, but if some would then they can do as they like. The reason I hate the plague of special editions, collector's editions, preorder editions, whatever other shit they come up with, is making the player feel like they don't have the full game, and that can come from as little as alternate skins or an exclusive weapon. Whenever the editions offer only material goods and fan items, or earlier access to content that can be earnt in-game anyway, aside from being annoying I have no objection to them.

In this case the ball is squarely in the consumer's court and if they think it's a good value proposition, whatever.

SecondPrize:
Collectors edition of what? Without the game, it isn't an edition of the game, it's just associated paraphernalia.

Exactly. I think people complaining about the price or the fact that it's largely pointless tat are rather missing the point. Lots of people already spend that much money buying t-shirts, posters, badges, miniatures, and so on, so there's really nothing at all new or interesting about it from that point of view. The only issue that's at all relevant is that they're advertising it as a special edition of the game, rather than simply as a bunch of branded tat. And whether that is actually an issue depends entirely on how clear they make it that the game isn't there. If it pops up on Amazon mingled in with version of the actual game and would be easy for someone to accidentally buy without noticing it's not the game, that's a problem. But if you have to go out of your way to buy it deliberately (it's not currently on Amazon at all, but versions of the game for every platform are), then I don't really see an issue at all.

On a vaguely related note, I can't help once again being amused at how much console gamers get screwed over. Price for Xbone/PS4 version - 50. Price for Xbox360/PS3 version - 38. Price for PC version with significantly better graphics and controls - 27. Half the price for a better version. Madness.

 

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