Batman: Arkham City's Pre-Order Bonus Scheme Is Like Some Terrible, Labyrinthine Nightmare

Posted by Alex (2294 posts) -

Few topics rankle the feathers of the video game enthusiast these days quite like that of pre-order bonus content. Whether it's lamenting the excising of content from a game for the sake of releasing it later as a bonus (or paid DLC), offering unlocks for content that's already on the disc, or tossing so many confusing, bizarre options out there that invariably, everyone is going to end up disappointed, there isn't an awful lot to like about pre-ordering games these days.

One of the more extreme examples of pre-ordering insanity comes from WB Games and developer Rocksteady's upcoming Batman sequel, Arkham City. We've heard over the last few weeks about a variety of different pre-order options coming our way, including everything from various Batman character skins, to Joker-oriented challenge maps and even the boy wonder himself. Robin, as a playable character. But between all these different pieces of content, as well as the various retailer exclusivity deals attached to them, figuring out where, how, and why to pre-order has apparently been something of a headache for would-be players.

We know this, because a moderator on the official Arkham City forums actually went to the trouble of creating a pre-ordering guide for anyone trying to figure out where to get the content they want. Yes, that's right: a guide to pre-ordering a game. I'm not completely certain if this is the last sign of the apocalypse before the Horsemen come down and start inflicting plague, pestilence and pre-order bonuses on the screaming, writhing masses, but it certainly looks like it.

The list is especially confusing because different regions have different retailers, and thus the exclusivity deals change depending on which portion of the planet you dwell within. Take a look at this list, and do your best not to go boss-eyed.

The pre-order Robin model.

ROBIN

  • GERMANY -AMAZON
  • FRANCE- MICROMANIA
  • HOLLAND - GAMEMANIA
  • BELGUIM - GAMEMANIA AND SMARTOYS
  • ITALY - GAMESTOP
  • NORDICS- GAMESTOP
  • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
  • CANADA - BEST BUY
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI
  • MEXICO - GAMERUSH

BATMAN 1970S SKIN

  • UK- SHOPTONET
  • FRANCE- AMAZON
  • ITALY- FNAC
  • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES

JOKER DLC MAP (CARNIVAL)

  • GERMANY - MEDIA MARKT
  • FRANCE - GAME
  • HOLLAND AND BELGIUM - FREE RECORD SHOP
  • ITALY - MEDIA MARKET
  • US - GAMESTOP
  • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES
  • CANADA- GAMESTOP

ANIMATED SERIES SKIN

  • GERMANY - SATURN
  • FRANCE- CASINO
  • HOLLAND- BART SMIT
  • BELGIUM - FNAC
  • ITALY- FELTRINELLI
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

BATMAN BEYOND SKIN

  • UK - GAMESTOP
  • GERMANY - MULLER GE PLAYART AUSTRIA
  • FRANCE- AUCHAN
  • HOLLAND- MICROMEDIA
  • BELIGUM - HORELEC
  • ITALY- OPENGAMES
  • AUSTRALIA - GAME
  • MEXICO - GAMERS RETAIL

BATMAN YEAR ONE SKIN

  • GERMANY - EXPERT
  • FRANCE - FNAC
  • BELGIUM - DREAMLAND COLRUYT
  • ITALY- BLOCKBUSTER
Pre-order costumes

BATMAN EARTH ONE SKIN

  • GERMANY- GAMESTOP
  • FRANCE- JEUX VIDEO & CO
  • HOLLAND- GAMEWORLD
  • BELGIUM- BEMS
  • ITALY - CIDIVERTE
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

US

  • AMAZON - $10 Amazon credit and Arkham City Comic (print version of the 5 digital comics)
  • WALMART- $ 10 egift card

Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

The worst part of all of this? It isn't even the complete list. Several territories and retailers aren't even finalized yet, meaning that more layers of obfuscation will be added to the process before we even get within punching distance of playing this game. We've reached out to WB Games for any info as to whether these pieces of content will become paid DLC in the foreseeable future or not, but as of yet have not received a response. I'll update this story if they get back to us.

(Thanks to whatisdelicious for sending this in!)

#1 Posted by Alex (2294 posts) -

Few topics rankle the feathers of the video game enthusiast these days quite like that of pre-order bonus content. Whether it's lamenting the excising of content from a game for the sake of releasing it later as a bonus (or paid DLC), offering unlocks for content that's already on the disc, or tossing so many confusing, bizarre options out there that invariably, everyone is going to end up disappointed, there isn't an awful lot to like about pre-ordering games these days.

One of the more extreme examples of pre-ordering insanity comes from WB Games and developer Rocksteady's upcoming Batman sequel, Arkham City. We've heard over the last few weeks about a variety of different pre-order options coming our way, including everything from various Batman character skins, to Joker-oriented challenge maps and even the boy wonder himself. Robin, as a playable character. But between all these different pieces of content, as well as the various retailer exclusivity deals attached to them, figuring out where, how, and why to pre-order has apparently been something of a headache for would-be players.

We know this, because a moderator on the official Arkham City forums actually went to the trouble of creating a pre-ordering guide for anyone trying to figure out where to get the content they want. Yes, that's right: a guide to pre-ordering a game. I'm not completely certain if this is the last sign of the apocalypse before the Horsemen come down and start inflicting plague, pestilence and pre-order bonuses on the screaming, writhing masses, but it certainly looks like it.

The list is especially confusing because different regions have different retailers, and thus the exclusivity deals change depending on which portion of the planet you dwell within. Take a look at this list, and do your best not to go boss-eyed.

The pre-order Robin model.

ROBIN

  • GERMANY -AMAZON
  • FRANCE- MICROMANIA
  • HOLLAND - GAMEMANIA
  • BELGUIM - GAMEMANIA AND SMARTOYS
  • ITALY - GAMESTOP
  • NORDICS- GAMESTOP
  • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
  • CANADA - BEST BUY
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI
  • MEXICO - GAMERUSH

BATMAN 1970S SKIN

  • UK- SHOPTONET
  • FRANCE- AMAZON
  • ITALY- FNAC
  • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES

JOKER DLC MAP (CARNIVAL)

  • GERMANY - MEDIA MARKT
  • FRANCE - GAME
  • HOLLAND AND BELGIUM - FREE RECORD SHOP
  • ITALY - MEDIA MARKET
  • US - GAMESTOP
  • AUSTRALIA - EB GAMES
  • CANADA- GAMESTOP

ANIMATED SERIES SKIN

  • GERMANY - SATURN
  • FRANCE- CASINO
  • HOLLAND- BART SMIT
  • BELGIUM - FNAC
  • ITALY- FELTRINELLI
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

BATMAN BEYOND SKIN

  • UK - GAMESTOP
  • GERMANY - MULLER GE PLAYART AUSTRIA
  • FRANCE- AUCHAN
  • HOLLAND- MICROMEDIA
  • BELIGUM - HORELEC
  • ITALY- OPENGAMES
  • AUSTRALIA - GAME
  • MEXICO - GAMERS RETAIL

BATMAN YEAR ONE SKIN

  • GERMANY - EXPERT
  • FRANCE - FNAC
  • BELGIUM - DREAMLAND COLRUYT
  • ITALY- BLOCKBUSTER
Pre-order costumes

BATMAN EARTH ONE SKIN

  • GERMANY- GAMESTOP
  • FRANCE- JEUX VIDEO & CO
  • HOLLAND- GAMEWORLD
  • BELGIUM- BEMS
  • ITALY - CIDIVERTE
  • AUSTRALIA - JB HIFI

US

  • AMAZON - $10 Amazon credit and Arkham City Comic (print version of the 5 digital comics)
  • WALMART- $ 10 egift card

Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

The worst part of all of this? It isn't even the complete list. Several territories and retailers aren't even finalized yet, meaning that more layers of obfuscation will be added to the process before we even get within punching distance of playing this game. We've reached out to WB Games for any info as to whether these pieces of content will become paid DLC in the foreseeable future or not, but as of yet have not received a response. I'll update this story if they get back to us.

(Thanks to whatisdelicious for sending this in!)

#2 Posted by Bestostero (2758 posts) -

I want these!

#3 Posted by neek (35 posts) -

classic ftw

#4 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I fucking hate shit like this.

#5 Posted by NeutralDensity (47 posts) -

What the heck!?

#6 Posted by NorthSarge (252 posts) -

BATMANBATMANBATMAN

#7 Posted by Mus (101 posts) -

I am blind. Would it be correct to say that the other skins would eventually be released, ala Mortal Kombat style skins. 

#8 Posted by zombie2011 (4983 posts) -

I just wanna see a larger pic of all the costumes.

#9 Posted by khopps17 (49 posts) -

that labrynth reference... damn you navarro

#10 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1672 posts) -

funny thing is ... there isn't even a CE for the PC version ... at least not at my usual retailers.

#11 Posted by nathos (79 posts) -

They're going to sell all of these as DLC later, right? RIGHT?

#12 Posted by Bestostero (2758 posts) -
@Mus said:
I am blind. Would it be correct to say that the other skins would eventually be released, ala Mortal Kombat style skins. 
They will be, these are just early access, someone mentioned it earlier in the Batman Arkham City forums.
#13 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

You know when you have to run a preordering guide that there's a problem. Also extremely jealous that the UK gets the Batman Beyond skin and we don't.

#14 Posted by Vitor (2823 posts) -

@Dany said:

I fucking hate shit like this.

This. Even if they'll be made available to everyone post launch, it's ridiculous. Especially if they then charge for it also. Post game DLC I support. Even launch day DLC - the way games are made, some of that stuff really is stuff they only started working on when the game went gold.

But costumes like this? Eurgh. Early access preorder incentive is fine as long as everyone can unlock it through normal gameplay.

#15 Posted by Catolf (2653 posts) -

i spotted an Alex post 10 miles away, also inserting david bowie into this makes it 100% win.. but wtf is this mess with batman..ugh.

#16 Posted by White_Silhouette (473 posts) -

This is getting insanely stupid (more so). since it's just a matter of time before they become DLC.

That being said I wouldn't mind the Batman Beyond skin. But it's not available in my country or neighbouring countries.

#17 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

ok i have no idea what i will get if i preorder, is GAME doing anything?

#18 Posted by test0r (91 posts) -

So I'm just going to wait until this is on sale for $10 on Steam then.

#19 Posted by Huzzabari (37 posts) -

Looks like I'm ordering amazon, I'd love that batman beyond skin though : (

#20 Posted by Brendan (7845 posts) -
  • NORTH AMERICA - BESTBUY
  • CANADA - BEST BUY

What is this I don't even

#21 Posted by Tan (425 posts) -

Wait. Does that mean Canada can't get that animated series skin? D:!

#22 Posted by Abendlaender (2838 posts) -

Wait, where do I have to preorder to get just the main game?

I´m so confused....

#23 Posted by Kill (298 posts) -

UK Giant Bomb Bros: ShopTo offers free Next Day delivery as standard and 95% of the time is the cheapest option. ALWAYS USE SHOPTO.

#24 Posted by rmanthorp (4009 posts) -

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

Hype = 110%

Moderator Online
#25 Posted by Matte_G (68 posts) -

UK has Gamestop?

I've never seen one, I know we have like 4 Best Buys though.

#26 Posted by Maystack (906 posts) -

Wait, UK doesn't get robin? I'm pissed.

#27 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

The only thing I looked for was to see the status of the animated series outfit. I guess I won't be getting that day one.

#28 Posted by monkeystick (239 posts) -

Gotta catch 'em all!

#29 Posted by Demoskinos (15019 posts) -

I say who cares!  These are all obviously going to be DLC in the near future.  They released all the challenge maps from the first game.   Hell... might even be worth it to wait for a GOTY edition with everything packed in and a cheaper price.

#30 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

CHAOS.

#31 Posted by Lazyaza (2196 posts) -
@nathos said:

They're going to sell all of these as DLC later, right? RIGHT?

This has been confirmed by Rocksteady yes.
Online
#32 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3108 posts) -

Congratulations. If you managed to get through all of that and make it to the other side unscathed, you get your baby brother back and David Bowie will sing you a nice ballad.

Alex does write some great articles.  That said, I made it about halfway down the ROBIN list before my eyes tried to escape from their torment.
#33 Posted by adoggz (2070 posts) -

If you preorder from me you can get an exclusive Russian Martian Batman skin 
 


OR Green Lantern Batman skin.
 

supplies are limited! Order Now!
#34 Edited by Chop (1999 posts) -

This on top of the $70 price tag here? 
 
Sorry AC, I'm not buying you until you make the bargain bin. 

#35 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN......FATMAN?

#36 Posted by Bumpton (449 posts) -

So, US can only get a comic, the Joker DLC, or Robin? No Batman costumes? That's lame...
#37 Posted by MeatSim (10897 posts) -

Ugh! what a mess.

#38 Posted by Bass (692 posts) -

HEY, GUESS WHAT? Amazon gives you $10 for pre-ordering the game! They throw in some comics, that's cool I guess, but I get a $10 dollar gift-card to the only place I buy stuff. That sounds like the better deal by quite a margin.

#39 Posted by BLipp18 (256 posts) -

what amount of money do i need to give WB/where do i need to preorder to get them to make the entire game look like the Animated Series skin? cause i will pay a hefty sum for that to happen

#40 Posted by MikeydCT (567 posts) -

cant get the animated series skin in US what BS

#41 Posted by DarkbeatDK (1323 posts) -

Okay, so I'm from Denmark and I've ordered the collectors edition from Game.co.uk which gives me the Dark Knight Returns skin. Now, I just need to buy the game 7 more times from retailers across Europe to get the complete experience. Great!

#42 Posted by Milkman (17033 posts) -

So, you can't even get any of the Batman skins in the US? What kind of horseshit is that?

#43 Posted by Duffyside (895 posts) -

@adoggz said:

If you preorder from me you can get an exclusive Russian Martian Batman skin

OR Green Lantern Batman skin.
supplies are limited! Order Now!

Shame on everyone else that I'm the first to quote this. SHAME ON YOU ALL.

#44 Posted by HarlequinRiot (1098 posts) -
@Bumpton said:
So, US can only get a comic, the Joker DLC, or Robin? No Batman costumes? That's lame...
Totally. I was really hoping to be able to get one of them (especially the Animated Series on). Being American is hard. 
#45 Posted by vonFlampanker (329 posts) -

Thanks, business majors!

#46 Posted by m0n3d4 (4 posts) -

Reminds me of the chart someone had to make for Dragon Age: Origins... 
 

#47 Posted by mosespippy (4286 posts) -

I'd say all the skins will go up as a paid DLC pack within a month of release.

#48 Posted by MJHAYLETT (441 posts) -

this kind of shenanigans make me not pre-order a game and indeed not buy it new. I can wait for a good game. In six months when its cheaper and maybe even pre-owned it's still a good game. If it had one universal pre-order goody then fine - everyone gets it but this piecemeal nonsense has to stop.

#49 Posted by Tebbit (4472 posts) -

@adoggz: Spec-tacular. Be on the lookout for my $350 in your letterbox.

#50 Edited by PolyesterPimp (256 posts) -

Where can I get the Batman Beyond skin? That's got my monies. 
 
ANd what is that Fat Bat Man? And who the hell would want Robin? That guys teh uber ghey.

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