Imperial Intelligence has been quiet for a while because honestly, there's not been much to comment on regarding our favorite yet-to-be-released MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
There'd been some rumblings about announcement at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 21st. I honestly expected the same; a couple of looks at some flashpoints, some stuff on the Jedi Consular, maybe another gander at space combat.
Holy shit was I wrong. Courtesy of Betacake and the official forums (if you can believe it) the Collector's Edition of SWTOR has been leaked. Like, all of it. Here's a picture.
I know, right? Here's a list of CE features from a Spanish retailer (and a French one as well, claiming the same ... all but confirmed):
Yeah. I know, right!?!
So, let's get to the nitty-gritty. What's the damage? Currently, the price in Euros is 149.95 at most outlets. That translates to $200+ American and Canadian.
Ok, now that unpleasantness is out of the way ... yeah, I'm getting this. I don't even care about the price. I just. Don't. CARE. I know, I know, I'm part of the problem. I've been rabidly following this game since 2007 when I started WoW and it would be an utter disservice to my fanboy status to not get the CE.
Let's talk about what exactly comes in the CE. There's a nice, big galaxy map. There's a keyfob that could be either a authenticator or a USB drive, or both! There's a nice metal case that'll look great on my computer desk. There's 4 DVDs, presumably containing the game. A hardbound art book/journal. And a sweeeet Darth Malgus statue. FYI, I've heard rumors that there's a Republic pack as well that comes with a Satele Shan figure. Hawt!
Digitally, the CE gives us a free speeder bike at level 25. It also contains a "Collector's store" ... I think this will operate like the Cerberus Network for Mass Effect 2. A holocam and holodancer, look like RP items, a mouse droid that will probably act like a companion pet, and a flare gun so you can light up the night like the Protomen.
I gotta change my pants too.
So, the price is high. Let's be honest, $200.00 for all that is a lot to ask. $150.00 would be a lot to ask. But I'll pay it anyways because I'm hopeless.
Now the long wait for confirmation at Comic Con.
Oh, the agony!