Not too long after the rumors and leaks of The Old Republic Collector’s Edition, BioWare has made the news official. Right now, three editions of Star Wars: The Old Republic are available for pre-order. The standard edition is your basic copy of the game with software, game time, and pretty cover.
The Digital Deluxe Edition, which is only on Origin, comes with special in-game items. A Flare Gun, Training Droid, HoloDancer, HoloCam, and a STAP (Single Trooper Aerial Platform if you aren’t a Star Wars buff) are all included.
The biggest set is the actual Collector’s Edition of The Old Republic. The massive set contains all of the in-game items from the DDE along with The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural, a Darth Malgus statue, The Old Republic Galaxy Map, Security Authentication Key Fob, a Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic CD, the game in a metal collector’s case, an exclusive in-game Mouse Droid, and access to a Collector’s Edition in-game store which I assume is better than other stores.
Also, those who pre-order the game will get Early Access to the game. Sounds great for big Star Wars fans and gamers but what about that release date, BioWare?
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Regardless of what EA decides to tell the public about their Origin service, we all know that it’s out there to compete with one program. Steam. Steam, for those of you who have never touched a PC, allows gamers to purchase games and download them on the same service, allows a gamer to get achievements, chat in-game or out of game, launch all games on their computer compatible or not, and much more. It’s probably one of the most popular PC platforms that can be download, free of charge to the player.
To compete with this, EA has now come up with Origin. Origin is a service painfully similar to steam which allows you to download many of their newer and popular titles, chat with friends, and claims you can import contacts from Xbox Live or PSN. However when trying to find friends on Xbox Live the following, buggy notice pops up. “Sorry, we couldn’t find any of your friends that also user Origin.” Well there’s a reason for that. It’s because it’s crap.
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Earlier this week both Crysis 2 and Alice the Madness Returns disappeared from the Steam store which, according to EA was due to Crytek’s agreement with an unnamed competing service. There has been some speculation that the removal was in retaliation to EA launching a similar service named Origin this month but neither company has alluded to that being the case . There has been no official statement by Steam on this matter as of yet nor has there been any explanation on why Alice the Madness Returns disappeared from the service.
Earlier today though Alice returned to the store and EA released the following statement.
“EA Partners and Spicy Horse Games appreciate Steam’s decision to sell Alice: Madness Returns,” “The game is also available on several other download services including Amazon, Gamestop and Origin.com.”
So if you were looking forward to playing Alice on PC and have a preference for Steam then your in luck, however; Crysis 2 is still absent and looks like it may not return.
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