Ahead of the Rise of the Tomb Raider release in early November, video game publisher Square Enix has revealed Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition pre-orders available exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console.
Square Enix began taking Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition pre-orders this morning, but potential buyers shouldn’t head to GameStop, Target or Best Buy to make a reservation. Square Enix’s own online store is the only place to place a Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition pre-order.
$149.99 gets shoppers all sorts of extras to remember Rise of the Tomb Raider by. Most of the items included in the edition are replica’s of in-game items that have some significance to Lara Croft herself. A brown pouch contains a model of the jade necklace that Croft wears throughout the game’s story. There’s also a replica of the leather-bound journal that Croft shares her thoughts and feelings in throughout Tomb Raider and, presumably, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
A regular retail copy of the game is also included in the Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition bundle. Buyers can put the game in a steel case that they get with the title. It’s telling that Square Enix opted to include a physical copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider instead of bundling a digital copy of the game. Microsoft includes a digital copy of Halo 5: Guardians with that game’s collector’s edition. Backlash on that has been so swift that the company now says it’ll let users trade-in their code for a physical copy of the game if they want.
The centerpiece of the Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s package is a 12-inch, highly detailed model of Lara herself. The statue has a large, ice-base. She’s wearing her cross-bow and carrying a pick axe and a torch. Rise of the Tomb Raider is set in Siberia Russia, as opposed to the jungle island setting from the last game in the series.
All of these items will come packaged in a box made to look like the salvage boxes from the previous game. Square Enix says that anyone who gets a Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition pre-order will get free shipping in the continental United States. Getting the package to more distant territories, like Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, costs an extra $10. The company also says that it’ll do what it can to get Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition orders to gamers on release day, provided that their order is placed by November 1st. Buyers can only sign up for a single Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition pre-order.
Certainly, it’s great that Square Enix is providing a collector’s edition for users to purchase. Before today, it was unclear whether Xbox One shoppers would have options when it came to the version of the game they’d like to buy. Rise of the Tomb Raider is available exclusive on Microsoft’s consoles on November 10th. The only keep sake we knew about until today was the Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition Official Strategy Guide available at GameStop for $34.99.
Collector’s Editions are expensive, but offer series fans something physical to remember the game by long after they’ve stopped playing it. Square Enix hasn’t revealed how it’ll handle any additional content for the game. Neither it or Microsoft have said whether they’ll be an Special Edition Xbox One console or bundle that includes the game either. That’s strange considering Microsoft is hoping that locking down the title gives shoppers another reason to purchase the Xbox One instead of Sony’s PS4 this fall and holiday season.
Regular copes of Rise of the Tomb Raider for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 are available for pre-order now at GameStop for $60.
Microsoft is giving Xbox Live Gold subscribers free copies of Tomb Raider in anticipation of the game’s arrival beginning in mid-September.