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.
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.