Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Preorder

Dark Souls II Black Armor, Collector’s editions get pre-order extras

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) Weapon Set Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has announced that gamers who pre-order Black Souls II Black Armor Edition or the Collector’s Edition will receive a voucher for the Black Armor Weapons Pack. The set, detailed below, includes five weapon and shield sets, with kit ranging from maces to daggers, such as the Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield and the Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield. The release emphasized that the voucher will not be included in the standard version.

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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles up for pre-order on PSN, CE detailed

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) CE Announcement - Screenshot 5

Role-playing fans looking forward to Tales of Symphonia Chronicles can now pre-order a digital copy for $39.99. Purchasing it early will net buyers the same system theme included with the Collector’s Edition to boot. Speaking of which, the $99.95 Collector’s Edition’s contests were finalized as well, with the set including five Chibi Kyun Chara character figurines, a novel that bridges the gap between the titles (Successors of Hope), a four-disc soundtrack, a custom theme, a steelbook case, and special packaging with artwork from ufotable. Namco Bandai also announced the production of an additional 3,000 units of the Collector’s Edition in order to meet pre-order demand.

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PlayStation 3 News

Drakengard 3 info galore – pre-order, Collector’s Edition details, more

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Preorder and Release Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.

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PlayStation 3 News

Grab some ammo and a camel, Metal Slug 3 on Steam for pre-order

Metal Slug 3 (PC) Steam Pre-order Announcement - Screenshot 1

PC gamers itching for an action-platforming fix can now pre-order Metal Slug 3 on Steam. SNK Playmore plans on releasing the final version later this month, but for now, early buyers can purchase the game for 25% off at $5.99. The PC version includes Arcade Mode, Mission Mode for replaying completed arcade missions, Multiplayer with support for online co-op via Steam, and an optional auto-fire mode.

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PC News

Capcom releasing Resident Evil 4 for PC next month, pre-order up

Resident Evil 4 (360, PC, PS2, Wii) PC Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new high-definition version of Resident Evil 4 will be available for PC next month, according to Capcom. Scheduled for release on February 28, North American gamers will be able to download the re-release off Steam. This updated version will feature “HD running at a smooth 60 frames per second for the first time,” plus sharpened text, improved textures, wide-screen support, and all previously released content, including the Separate Ways epilogue, and game controller support. A pre-order campaign has launched on Steam as well, with early buyers receiving two digital extras: a 60-track soundtrack and an art book.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo, pre-order bonus go live

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Lightning returns today, literally. Square Enix has announced that the first playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch later today for PS3 and is available now for 360 Live Gold members. Live Silver members will have to wait until January 28. The demo features a battle-heavy trip through the Yusnaa palace alongside Snow. For players that activate the Outworld feature and submit their score for the final fight against Zaltys, the Siegfried outfit will be unlocked in the full version. As an extra bonus, the PSN version will include the Utsusemi Garb DLC in the demo and full version, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari shield.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now on Steam for pre-order

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (360, PC, PS3) PC Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

The PC version of Konami and PlatinumGames’ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now available for pre-order on Steam. Beginning at noon (central), players who put down their cash will receive 33 percent off; players who pre-order after the first 24 hours will still get a discount, but at a slightly lower 20 percent. The PC version includes all three DLC missions released for consoles—Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions—as well as several body upgrades for Raiden, including the White Armor, Commando Armor, and his MGS4 outfit.

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Fable Anniversary release date, pre-order bonuses announced

Fable Anniversary (360) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Fable is turning 10 years old. Wait … it’s almost a decade old? Suddenly my back and knees hurt…I feel…so old. On the upside, developer Lionhead Studios has dusted off the original and been giving it a new coat of paint, retooling the interface, adding SmartGlass integration, and packing in The Lost Chapters. MS revealed today that development has almost wrapped and that Fable Anniversary will be available for 360 on February 4. Additionally, Lionhead will also be giving away a special Head Avatar Helmet celebrating the anniversary and exclusive DLC for first-run buyers: a 5×5 code for the Launch Day Weapons & Outfits Pack. The drop, detailed below, includes five outfits and two weapons.

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Xbox 360 News

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky screens and more

Atelier Escha & Logy Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is now officially available for pre-order. Tecmo Koei has announced that gamers who pre-order at GameStop will receive a costume set of ‘Apple Pirate’ for Escha and ‘Tails Butler’ for Logy, while Amazon pre-orders will receive the ‘Enchanted Witch’ costume for Escha. Images for all costumes as well as the official box art and a dozen new screenshots are available below. The official website has also gone live.

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PlayStation 3 News

The mission is a go: Battlefield 4 deploys for consoles, PC

Battlefield 4 (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Beta Details Announcement - Screenshot 3

Dice is once again welcoming players to the front with the release of Battlefield 4. Available today for 360, PC, and PS3, the latest entry continues the series’ tradition of open warfare with combat over land, sea, and air. Battlefield 4 includes a single-player campaign, focusing on an impending war between China, Russia, and the U.S., as well as an extensive multiplayer component that features destructible environments and a wide array of weapon, kit, and vehicle unlockables. For those thinking of making the jump to PS4 or Xbox One, gamers who buy the current-gen versions can upgrade to the next-gen versions for $10 when the systems launch next month.

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