August 7, 2016
Amazon 'Battlefield 1' Collector's Edition Retails At $130, But The Game Won't Be Included — What Gives?

Battlefield 1 is on its way, and developer EA Dice has just recently announced a Collector's Edition for the game.

It doesn't come as a surprise that Battlefield 1 would have a Collector's Version. After all, most games that are high on the franchise list are subject to this type of marketing. Fans love to collect all sorts of items from their favorite series, and the hype surrounding Battlefield 1 is undeniably strong. The only issue? This Collector's Edition won't come with either a physical or digital version of the game. You may be asking why this is the case, and the consumer standpoint might surprise you.

According to a report by Gamespot, Amazon has the Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition listed without the game included. This isn't usually the case, as the bonus content come with the game at its base. However, the listing on Amazon shows that the game is $130 without the game included. There appears to be a separate bundle that does include the game, though the price increases to $190 if you want the physical game to come with the package. Fans will receive a steel book, a cloth poster, a deck of cards, a 14-inch statue, a messenger pigeon tube that contains DLC codes, and a patch.

It might make sense to some that the Collector's Edition of Battlefield 1 will come without the game, itself. The bundle on Amazon could be seen as an opportunity. Without the game included, fans will be able to purchase the special edition without having to worry about the price containing that of the actual game. There's also the fact that Battlefield 1 will fall into the pre-owned section of retailers like Gamestop down the line, and players will be able to get the game at a discounted price.

According to GamesRadar, the Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition that comes with more than the $130 version has a special edition of the base game. Titled "The Early Enlister Deluxe Edition," this game marks the purchase of the bundle and offers more content. Some retailers might offer a discount based on a rewards program or other coupon, meaning that the Collector's Edition serves to ultimately save money.

Would this be the future of all games? Perhaps this is a developer's attempt at finding out how successful such a marketing plan will be. Battlefield 1 is quickly gaining momentum as one of the year's best shooter experiences. Its competition, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, is anticipated to not do as well. EA Dice has chosen to take the game to a period during World War I, a time that fans have wanted to relive for a while now. If the trailer and beta gameplay are any indication, the Battlefield series will find that such a gamble will pay off when the game releases.

Battlefield 1 will release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21 of this year. There will be a beta phase, and players are already able to sign up to get their hands on the game before its official release. If you're interested in trying the game, this is the perfect time to throw your name into the hat. If you enjoy the beta, the Collector's Edition might be a definite buy. Alternatively, you may not like the experience and forego the bundle altogether. Either way, both outcomes will serve to assist EA in ironing out any bugs while allowing fans new and old to become familiar with the new gameplay.

Are you excited for the Battlefield 1 Collector's Edition? Do you think it was a smart marketing move by EA? Sound off in the comment section below and let us know your thoughts.

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