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First Round Of Tomb Raider Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

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Posted on October 9, 2012 AT 02:52pm

Today, Square Enix announced the first round of pre-order bonuses for Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. First, we’ll get to what those bonuse are—and then we’ll talk about this “round” nonsense.

Pre-order bonuses for the game will be coming to Gamestop, Best Buy, and Amazon. Here’s what we know each retailer will be getting so far:

Gamestop: An exclusive “challenge tomb” where Lara will “encounter all new environment puzzles that will test her abilities”.

Best Buy: An exclusive 1930s-style bomber jacket-wearing “Aviatrix” skin, and The Beginning, a 48-page hardback comic book telling the story of how Lara’s journey began.

Amazon: An exclusive “Hunter” skin which camouflages Lara with a “heavy coating” of mud, along with The Final Hours of Tomb Raider: Director’s Cut for the Kindle Fire, and a special Amazon Edition of The Art of Tomb Raider.

Okay, so, already, I’m annoyed by all of this. A few things I’d want in one set, a few things I’d want in another. But then, it ends up that this is only the first of three rounds of pre-order incentives revealed for these three retailers: more will be announced on December 18th, and then even more in January of next year.

What? Why in the world would I pre-order the game without knowing all of the pre-order incentives? What possible reason could I have not to just wait until January, see everything that’s offered at each retailer, and then just pre-order then?

This tactics makes absolutely no sense to me, and showing the pre-order bonuses in stages doesn’t make me excited to see what’s next—it just makes me even more annoyed by the entire concept.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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