If you want to see preorders gone bad, or dare I say how to completely and utterly f’up a preorder program just take a look at the newest Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time preorder fiasco. The game’s bonus material is available with your preorder depending on which retailer you decide to give your hard earned dollars. Excuse me?
Discovery (GameStop/EBGames), Power ([edit: TBD]
where or where is this one), Bolt (Amazon), and Space Page ([edit: WTF is Game Crazy?] no idea which store has this one). If one of these bonuses catches your fancy, you preorder from the appropriate retailer. What happens if two or more catch your eye? Sony is basically pissing in the river, telling Ratchet fans to f’off, or just give us your cash. Thanks.
The reality is that I expect all of the bonus materials to end up on PSN via DLC. Of course at a price. You would think $60 was plenty for a game, so why rape us over the coals for bonus materials that should be included in the game? It is one thing to make money, and I am all for that, but I am surprised that Insomniac would agree to alienate their long time fans. Then again this has the stench of a Sony blunder written all over it.
Edit: After reading all of the comments, I thought this one was worth quoting.
James Stevenson replied on July 2, 2009 at 10:52 am
How do you know that we would charge for this content, and how do you know that it’s not unlockable in other ways on the disc?
Keep in mind this is still INSOMNIAC. We’re still going to do you guys right – but we also have to work with our retail partners who are making bigger pushes for in-game content as pre-order bonuses.
The sniff of a trend that I failed to notice. Retailers are looking for exclusive goodies, Sony needs to market and push the heck out of their first party games, and all the extras are locked away in the game. Maybe. I still say some of this is going to be premium DLC.