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.