New Rule: Square Enix Has to Stop Using the Term ‘Digital Collector’s Edition’

When perusing through the PSN new releases today, I had to stop and slack my jaw for an extended moment after witnessing one of the most inept things I’ve ever laid eyes on: a “Digital Collector’s Edition.” That’s right, Square Enix has actually released a Collector’s Edition of the digital version of Drakengard 3. What exactly does that mean, you ask? It means it that comes with “a a digital download of Drakengard 3 and the following DLC: The Japanese Voice Pack, the Caim Garb, Nier Garb, Kainé Garb, Experimental Weapon 7, One’s Prologue, Beautiful Child, and six PSN Themes: Zero, Mikhail, Cent, Octa, Decadus, and Dito.”

So it’s a digital game and downloadable content. And that’s collector’s edition…how? Since the dawn of pointless trinkets, that term has been reserved for a limited run of an item aimed at collectors. In video games, it’s been used the past few decades as a way to symbolize some sort of special content included in a version separate from the game. This usually means a shirt, statue, action figure, soundtrack CD or some sort of other novelty that video game collectors and fans of the games would love to get their mitts on.

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A Proper Collector’s Edition.

In fact, Square released a physical Collector’s Edition of the game for $79.99 that included all of the aforementioned DLC plus special cover art, a novella, a soundtrack and a poster. It was limited to 5,000 units, quickly sold out and is now fetching over two hundred dollars on eBay. That’s basically the definition of a Collector’s Edition, so clearly Square knows what it means, yet defied to use reason when releasing a digital version of Drakengard 3 on PSN. In fact, this isn’t the first time the publisher has done it. They also released a Digital Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Look, I have no problem with the switch over to digital content, but let’s not use terms that made us excited to buy a physical copy and twist them to have absolutely no meaning. Call it a “Special” or “Premium” edition, but don’t dare go near “Limited” or “Collector’s” unless you’re actually limiting the purchase of the pack. There’s no way to collect something has no limit of production or inherent value, so using the term to suggest it is just silly.

  • “There’s no way to collect something has no limit of production or inherent value, so using the term to suggest it is just silly.”

    I’m not sure I agree with that. I consider our digital game collections to be collections. They don’t have any limited supply, i don’t see how the amount of something would stop it being a collection. I could collect grains of sand if i wanted to.

    If i can collect digital content i guess i can collect DLC too, so a collectors edition that consists of the game + all the DLC could elude to that.

    I’ve bought a few “collectors editions” on Steam, i don’t think this usage is either new or likely to go away.

  • Jason Mounce

    Funny. No one has a problem that Diablo 3 and Blizzard games have begun doing this?….

    This has been going on for a while now…

    • dran

      they don’t call them collectors edditions though they call them digital delux editions that have essentially no limit to sales

      • Jason Mounce

        :L Yea but I really don’t see the difference between ‘Deluxe’ and Collectors’ they’re basically the same thing.

        I have ‘Demon’s Souls Deluxe Edition’ it was all physical but was the bigger variant of the regular edition. This is all digital from Standard or Deluxe.

        Or if all in the norm of sales: ‘Regular < Limited < Collectors/Deluxe' is how it works in my mind :/ Deluxe usually is Limited or Deluxe, but if Digital is not Limited? It can't be 'LE' so, if Digital Deluxe it's either inbetween Limited Edition quality and 'Collectors' or is Collectors? :l etc

  • Ryumoau

    i agree completely with this article. 🙂

  • James

    Seeing as a collector’s edition can be collected and a digital edition is only yours until it’s not available any more, I couldn’t agree more.