The wait for Guild Wars 2 is nearly over, as NCsoft has revealed the upcoming MMOG's Pre-Purchase program which spans the Collector's Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and Standard Edition. NCsoft will gladly accept your money starting April 10, and in return will provide guaranteed entry into all beta weekend events and a three-day head start prior to launch.
The Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition will retail at $149.99 and include a detailed, hand-painted 10-inch statue of the bestial warrior Rytlock Brimstone wielding his signature sword. Along with the Rytlock statue, players will receive a custom frame along with five Guild Wars 2 art prints, a 112-page Making of Guild Wars 2 hardback book, and a Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD by Jeremy Soule.
Also included in the Collector's Edition will be 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. There's also a Golem Banker, a Chalice of Glory and a Tomb of Influence. The entire Collector's Edition package will arrive in an awesome collectible metal box engraved with a map of Tyria.
As for the $79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, it will only add the five in-game items seen in the Collector's Edition -- so far it won't contain digital versions of the soundtrack, Making Of book or the five prints. This is surprising given that the Digital Deluxe Edition is $20 more than the Standard Edition which merely offers the Guild Wars 2 game.
NCsoft said that those who pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 will also receive an exclusive Hero’s Band, which will provide their characters with a broad range of power boosts. Players may also pre-order Guild Wars 2 at select retailers, allowing them to reserve their copy of the game at launch. Players who pre-order Guild Wars 2 through these retailers will receive a one-day headstart prior to launch.
Guild Wars 2 is slated to launch on the PC sometime within 2012.