I swear, there must be some kind of underground competition in the video game publishing world to come up with the most outlandish collector’s editions. Executives from Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and even Atlus get together over coffee and just laugh about what they were able to sell with their games for a jacked up price.
As of right now, EA would be the winner of that coffee break. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be released with the option for a $200 collector’s edition, and at the very center of it all is a statue of Faith. The 14-inch statue features two versions of the character, both her as an adult and her as a child with generic video game kid problems. You can feel the emotional torment just emanating from the figure without even getting proper context from the game.
Don’t get me wrong! It’s a lovely statue, and I like it a lot. I just don’t like it for $200. Here is the full list of contents:
- Adult Faith/Young Faith diorama
- Exclusive Steel book
- Exclusive lithograph
- Set of 10 concept pieces
- Temporary logo tattoo
- Temporary Faith arm tattoo
- Storage box
I don’t get it. I collect games to collect “games,” with the idea of reliving experiences that make me happy. The additional swag brings nothing to that experience. I can see the appeal of maybe buying a collector’s edition because you like an individual figure or some of the content, but to buy these collector’s editions just for the sake of adding more value to your collection? To feel more complete? Do people do that? I think it misses the point a bit of what’s actually important.
Then again, I live in a small Japanese apartment and have limited space for such hobbies. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Feb. 23, 2016.