So what exactly is included in the more expensive version? Aside from the game disc, you are going to get premium steel book along with a premium art book. The two items are held together by a slipcase. Sony is also adding in the digital soundtrack, which comes in a form of a code. You will need to redeem the voucher on the Sony Entertainment Store, otherwise known as the Playstation Store. Sadly, there is no special statue (although, if you look at the bright side, you don’t have to pay as much as the other Collector’s Editions who do come with the figurines).
The Collector’s Edition has one more extra but it is only available when you preorder. By doing so in participating stores like Amazon, you will get an exclusive Messenger skin. You will meet these creepy monsters in Bloodborne. Unlike most inhabitants of Yharnam, Messengers will actually help you as they are used to a gateway to some of the online gameplay features. The bonus skin should make them more special from an aesthetic standpoint but it is only limited to customers who are pre-purchasing the videogame.
In the announcement, Sony warned that the Bloodborne Collector’s Edition will be limited in quantity. While no specific number was given, there’s no reason not to believe them. If you look at the spiritual predecessors, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2, the Collector’s Editions for both games basically sold out before launch. So, if you want to insure a copy at launch, it is best to preorder. Otherwise, you may have to pay much more than the MSRP.
Of course, a Collector’s Edition does not mean much if the videogame is no good at all. Fortunately, Bloodborne has all the makings of being a masterpiece. The same team that created Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 and Demon’s Souls is behind the new game. Not to mention that Hidetaka Miyazaki is directing the project. So fans who may have been slightly disappointed with Dark Souls 2 (since it was directed by two other members) should still have some faith in Bloodborne.
Despite being praised for a number of years, no other companies have tried to replicate the same style of game as From Software. The new I.P. looks like it will be their best iteration of the formula. If you missed out on Bloodborne, you are most likely neglecting one of the best games of 2015, if not of all time.
Bloodborne Collector’s Edition is available on the 26th of February. If you haven’t already, go preorder the product right now on Amazon’s site by clicking on this link.