It’s only been a few years since collector’s editions of games cost about $100. These normally included whatever season pass was tied with the game and a statue or collectible of some sorts. Now these prices have gotten a bit out of control. If you watched the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal this week, its collector’s edition was shown off towards the end of the unveiling. It includes a giant Scorpion mask statue. The pricing wasn’t announced at the time, but Gamestop has it up now. Costing as much as a new console, this setup retails for $299. That is flat out outrageous and is continuing to become a problem.
The Premium Edition, which includes the Kombat Pass for MK11 and a steelcase, is retailing for $99. The Kollector’s Edition, at $299, includes the Premium Edition with steelcase and Kombat Pass, magnet and the mask along with a storage box. It’s simply hard to justify the contents of this edition being worth the MSRP.
It’s not the first time the collector’s edition of a game has seemed overpriced. Capcom released Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite with a collector’s edition that cost $200. At that time, that was a steep price, but it came with four statues and a set of Infinity Stones that light up. When players picked up their collector’s edition, the statues were solid, but the Infinity Stones were basically Easter eggs (I did pick this up on clearance a few weeks ago at Best Buy for about $40 and at that price, it’s a steal from a collector’s standpoint). The whole collector’s edition movement started going downhill around that point. Fast forward to Fallout 76 where players were mislead on the quality of the bag included with theirs. The price was in that same range and the game ultimately ended up failing as Bethesda continued to turn away its fanbase.
As for Capcom, what you netted for $200 with MvC is now getting you much less. The Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition is also $200 and features a statue of Leon, which is only one half of the two protagonists in the game. Sure it comes with an item box replica, DLC pack card and a few other knickknacks, but the game doesn’t even have a season pass.
Sony also just announced the collector’s edition for Days Gone. This has a good bit of swag for the asking price. It includes a statue, a set-on patch, pins, decals, steelbook, physical soundtrack and a 48-page Dark Horse comic. It also includes the pre-order bonuses, a dynamic theme and some skins. This is going for $140, but this game won’t attract the attention that Mortal Kombat 11 or Resident Evil 2 will.
The collector’s edition of Mortal Kombat 11 costing $299 is a bold move. The trend could be swaying that these will be in short supply, but GameStop generally gets these in stores due to someone pre-ordering the game and cancelling. The edition sits there for a year or two until it goes on clearance. The risk of quality involved in that Scorpion helmet is high, as other companies have started flat out misleading consumers. The Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition included a Scorpion statue and it was half the price at launch. Fans want quality collectibles that are not overpriced and they do not want to take the risk of the items not being of quality at these prices.