NCSoft have released a new trailer today showcasing the Collectors Edition and all it's goodies for the upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2. While some may feel like boxed copies are becoming an endangered species in the wake of digital orders, incentives like a 10-inch tall miniature figuring of Rytlock Brimstone are certainly helping them stay relevant.
The centrepiece of the Collector’s Edition is a detailed, hand-painted 25 centimetre statue of the bestial warrior Rytlock Brimstone wielding his signature flaming sword.
Along with the Rytlock statue, players will receive a custom frame with five stunning Guild Wars 2 art prints from world-renowned artists, a 112-page Making of Guild Wars 2 hardback book, a Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD by award-winning composer Jeremy Soule and five in-game items, including a Mistfire Wolf that will fight alongside players and a miniature Rytlock who will accompany them on their travels through Tyria.
While the collectors edition is retailing only in brick and mortar stores (and at an RRP of AU$199.95), if you don't feel like taking up precious shelf room, NCSoft are offering digital-download versions on their online store. A Standard and Digital Deluxe Edition will be available for purchase, with any pre-order of Guild Wars 2 offering full beta access up until release.
Speaking of Pre-orders, those waiting to open their wallets are in for some good news, as according to Guild Wars 2's official Twitter account, pre-purchases of the game are expected later this afternoon.
Everybody - we love your excitement, but as a reminder: we are talking about April 10th Seattle time. :) ^MK
This equates to around 6PM AEST for East Coast Australians.
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Id rather get the basic and use the money I could of spent on the CE to buy a whole other game in the future.
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Depending on the region they sell it for you might not be able to log in (Australia is defaulted to the NA region, if they're selling Euro versions you won't be able to play)
Posted 12:54pm 10/4/12
Posted 12:59pm 10/4/12
The official AU PR press release only mentioned "select retailers", not any specific stores yet.
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Posted 01:31pm 10/4/12
They've also mentioned if you're not in EU or NA (So Australia/Japan etc) you're defaulted to the NA region which means if you move to the EU you can't play.
So. If you buy an EU version online, you won't be able to log in in Australia.
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Posted 04:30pm 10/4/12
This all seems very convoluted, so you mean you have to log in from the region of the version you bought to pick a server region?
Posted 04:21pm 10/4/12
Source : http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/World
Posted 04:37pm 10/4/12
The first post:
Is my copy of Guild Wars 2 tied to my region?
Yes. To play from North America you must purchase a North American copy of the game. To play from Europe you must purchase a European copy of the game. Note that this restriction impacts where you can play from, not which game worlds you can choose to play on.
If GMG were to give you a euro version/key of the game you would potentially have issues playing it in Australia because our region is defaulted to NA and not EU.
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But what was this about US copies only being playable inside the US? Why would they let me buy it since it had australia automatically selected from the country menu? I didn't just burn $60 did I?
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Posted 08:39am 11/4/12
Firewall restricted, people from set european IP ranges cannot log in. Everyone in the US, Canada or anywhere else not in the euro ranges log in here. And when you buy a US copy, it connects to the NA servers by default (and Australian's are given NA copies by default from retailers and the online store).
People from Euro regions can log in here. You buy an EU copy of GW2, and it connects to the Euro servers by default. You can't log in to the NA servers directly from anywhere in the EU.
I'm guessing it will be work like guild wars in that after you have connected, you can then choose which server instance (european or NA) you play on - they've said you can play with your friends in EU or NA cross region after you have logged in. But you initially authenticate/patch/character select via your home region.
They're likely to firewall certain IP ranges in China, HK, Singapore etc where gold sellers and scammers were previous offenders in the original Guild Wars (and maybe known ones from other NCSoft titles) as well (unecessary obvious conjecture on my part here).
Apparently they are looking at doing something for people who travel between regions - I'm thinking an option in your NCsoft account with some kind of confirmation system to switch between them.
That's how I see things being set up. I don't know why the decided to complicate things this way, though I'd guess it's all to do with regional pricing and pressure from sales partners to stop people importing the game cross region.
Posted 10:10am 11/4/12