Thursday, March 30, 2017

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: Which Edition Should You Buy?

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The gaming community may have collectively known that the Destiny 2 release was on its way, but that doesn’t mean that knowledge stripped away the excitement. Bungie and Activision recently released the first trailer and kicked off the run-up to the Destiny 2 release with Destiny 2 pre-orders. At this moment you can purchase a physical or digital copy of the title that will almost certainly end up on lists of must-buy games by the year’s end.

Destiny 2 is the follow-up to the much-loved and highly anticipated Destiny online role-playing game that made its debut back in 2014. The first game went on to sell millions of copies and still tops activity charts on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Destiny 2 pre-orders have arrived ahead of the game’s 2017 launch.

Destiny 2 pre-orders are important because lead developer Bungie and publisher Activision are requiring them to get an early look at the game. Additionally, there are figurines and trinkets that’ll go on sale when the game does. Either gamer lovers place Destiny 2 pre-orders now or risk missing out on the cool things that these enhanced versions offer.

Read: Destiny 2 Release Date, Features & Details

Here are the details you need to navigate the maze that is Destiny 2 pre-orders.

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: Release Date & Platforms

Destiny 2 pre-orders launched on March 30th, and they will be available until the night the game launches. It turns out that a leaked poster from GameStop Italy did have launch details correct. The Destiny 2 release date is Friday, September 8th, 2017 worldwide. New video games usually arrive on Tuesday in North America and Friday internationally. That’s not the case with Destiny 2. Everyone will get the online role-playing game at the same time.

And by everyone, Activision and Bungie mean everyone. The two shocked people when they revealed they would need an Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 or PS3 to enjoy the original title. It never came to PC. Destiny 2 is coming to PCs running Windows, addressing complaints and opening up the franchise to another huge community.

There’s also some bad news, though. The Xbox 360 and PS3 won’t get versions of the game at all. Instead, gamers will need to upgrade to the Xbox One and PS4 for access. It’s not a shocking development, many other developers and publishers have moved on too.

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: The Different Editions

A sequel as anticipated as Destiny 2 is bound to have lots of options. Budget-minded gamers are going to go for the cheapest edition they can, but anyone that enjoyed the first title will find themselves tempted by the extensive list of Destiny 2 pre-orders options available.

Destiny 2 Standard Edition

Destiny 2 Standard Edition gets users just a copy of the game, whether it be in disc or digital form. Like all standard games, it costs $59.99. It’s available at GameStop and Best Buy.

Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe Edition

The Destiny 2 digital Deluxe edition gets gamers access to both of the expansion packs that’ll launch for the game after release. Bungie is promising “new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor and gear.”

Buyers of this version get three extras besides the game and pass, a Legendary Sword, Legendary Player Emote and the Cabal Themed Emblem. Destiny 2 Digital Deluxe is only available for Xbox One and PS4. It costs $99.99. It’s available in the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store.

Destiny 2 Limited Edition

Destiny 2 Limited Edition comes with the base game, pass, Legendary Sword, Legendary Player Emote and Cabal Empire Themed Emblem. A booklet with Cabal Empire secrets, a Cabal Schematic, Postcard images and Cabal Military Pawns are included. The game comes inside a Steelbook case.

Of all the retailers offering Destiny 2 pre-orders, only GameStop will sell this version. PC, Xbox One and PS4 gamers can buy this for $99.99 today.

Destiny 2 Collector’s Edition

Destiny 2 Collectors Edition is the reason placing Destiny 2 pre-orders is a very good idea. It offers a ton of things. There are Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC versions.

Gamers get everything from the other versions. That includes the Limited Edition Steelbook case with schematic, booklet of secrets, and postcard images. The base game and expansion pass are included too. What other users don’t get is a customizable laptop bag that’s capable of holding a 15-inch device. They also don’t get the USB charger with built-in light, paracord or solar blanket.

All of this doesn’t come cheap. Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Toys R Us and Wal-Mart have pre-orders for $249.99.

Destiny 2 Game + Expansion

Xbox Store, GameStop and the PlayStation Store all have Destiny 2 + Expansion Pass. Best Buy and Amazon will too. However, their pre-order pages aren’t ready yet. This version costs $89.99.

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: Pre-Order Extras

So far, a single retailer has stepped forward to announce exclusive extras that come with Destiny 2 pre-orders.

That retailer is GameStop. It’ll give away a miniature Cade 6 figure to those that pre-order the game while supplies last. Cade-6 is featured heavily in the game’s trailers. As we get closer to launch, more add-on content for those that buy from a specific retailer could turn up.

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: Beta Early Access

Being a heavily connected game, everyone assumed that there’d be a Destiny 2 Beta. There is a Destiny 2 Beta. Gamers will need to have placed Destiny 2 pre-orders to take advantage of it as soon as it is available. Those that pre-ordered the game will get access before anyone else, but Bungie also says that it will roll out an open beta after buyers have had access.

Destiny 2 PS4 Exclusive Content

Bungie is promising a story-driven narrative and a lot more with Destiny 2. One thing that’s staying the same is the game’s commitment to PS4. Gamers will get access to content on the PS4 version of the game first, a trailer posted to the PlayStation Blog reveals. More details about this content will be revealed over the summer, but Xbox owners won’t get their hands on this stuff until the fall of 2018 at the earliest.

Destiny 2 Pre-Orders: How You Can Save Now

Those that place their Destiny 2 pre-orders on their Amazon Prime account save 20%.

You can save on Destiny 2 pre-orders today, provided you’re a member of Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked or Amazon Prime. Both companies are offering 20% off the cost of any version of the game.

That’s everything that we know about Destiny 2 pre-orders now. Bungie and Activision plan to show off gameplay on May 18th. That’s just before the Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming showcase in June. Activision typically makes big announcements about its yearly gaming line-up around the same time as the show is happening in Los Angeles, California.

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