You’re going to have to purchase World of Warcraft: Legion twice for early access and a physical collector’s edition

    
118
FEEL THE NOISE

Remember all of the absurdity about World of Warcraft‘s collector’s edition with Warlords of Draenor? That was ridiculous. Basically, if you wanted to pre-order the collector’s edition for the physical goodies but also wanted the digital goodies, you had to buy the expansion twice and then ask customer service to disassociate your “extra” key from your account so you could… hand it to someone else. Pretty ridiculous, but at least the developers learned a lesson and wouldn’t do that again for Legion, right?

By “wouldn’t do that again” we of course mean “did exactly that again without a trace of irony.”

Yes, if you want all of the digital goodies for the Collector’s Edition and early access to the Demon Hunter class, you will have to buy the game digitally. If you want that and the physical edition, you’re going to have to buy both and hope that you have a friend in dire need of the expansion code after the fact. Player response to this has been… well, exactly as positive as you’d expect.

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Leviathon_lx
Guest
Leviathon_lx

SallyBowls1 BryanCo Problem is when the game is an MMO and may be over 20 gigs.

carsont
Guest
carsont

That’s a pretty black & white view. Essentially you’re saying you didn’t like something they did so you cut off all contact, fine for you. But anyone who maintains contact after experiencing something they didn’t like is stupid. That’s a pretty extreme generalization.
It is possible for people to experience something negative and still enjoy the game, because the negative experience don’t outweigh all the positive ones.

carsont
Guest
carsont

Why can’t they compensate us with game time instead of an extra key!!?

Tithian
Guest
Tithian

Lethality
And yet by my own experience, it was done by smaller retailers than Walmart, in a more limited market than that of the US, for a game made by a company that is dwarved by Blizzard. 
Having experience in database management and CRM, I can tell you that setting up the software to manage the pre-purchases from scratch, would take extremely few resources, especially for a huge retailer like Walmart. So I’m more inclined to think that it all gets down to maximizing profit margins to the expense of the customers.

Lethality
Guest
Lethality

Tithian Lethality As someone involved on the software engineering side of a provider of PoS systems to Walmart….  The effort it takes not just in software, but in process implementation and associate training makes this wholly not worth it to the retailer. The volume isn’t even close to enough to recoup costs associated.

Tithian
Guest
Tithian

Lethality Brick and mortar stores could support the same policy as Amazon and other online stores. I remeber years back, I think during the Age of Conan launch, that we’d preorder our game from a brick and mortar store and then swing by and pick up our codes for the head start. This was not in the US btw, and being in a country with such a limited games market I was stunned that this was possible. And this was 8 years ago.
If they wanted to accomodate their customers (that are, by the way, paying 100$ more), they could make it work.

Lethality
Guest
Lethality

Tithian Blizzard doesn’t sell the Collector’s Edition themselves. It is basically a gift to retailers. And while a retailer like Amazon could support a “pre-order, get your code now” that’s not really who they are helping – it’s bricks-n-mortar retailers like Walmart, Target, etc.

Tithian
Guest
Tithian

How is it possible that Blizzard is incapable of doing what small Kickstarter gaming companies have been doing for months/years: if your tier includes a physical copy, you usually get a code of your game at launch (redeemed at Steam or GOG usually) and they mail your physical goodies later, as they get it done. Is it really that difficult for blizzard to apply the codes for the digital stuff of your CE on pre-purchase, and then ship you the physical stuff at launch?
The only logical reason for this is forcing people to buy more copies. I guess if some people fall for it and actually buy 2 copies of each expansion, hey, more power to Blizz for milking the suckers.

Anatidae
Guest
Anatidae

Oh, that’s a problem for years into the future right?

Blizzard’s doing so well with their “When it’s ready” attitude.

gorkoswow
Guest
gorkoswow

I would like to point out that the article is a bit off. This is only an issue if you want early access to the demon hunter during the pre expansion event and want the digital stuff now or use your 100 boost now.
I read the post it did not say that the collectors edition would not include the digital items. This is a solution for people that are impatient and must have it now and do not want to wait and get it later. That being said its a shitty solution. For a dump problem.