I don’t know about you lot, but I’m extremely tempted to go into some form of hibernation, in the vain hope of sleeping through until March and making the wait for Dragon Age 2 seem so much shorter. However, to satiate my curiosity and to appease my massive need to know anything and everything even remotely Dragon Age related, I’ve been keeping a keen eye on any emerging details regarding the preorder bonuses, and here’s what I’ve clawed together so far:
If you managed to preorder a copy of DA2 before the 11th of January, then you’ll be receiving the Signature Edition of the game, which will include new weapons, a downloadable soundtrack, an in-game armoury and the first batch of DLC entitled “The Exiled Prince” – completely free. But wait, there’s more! If you missed the cut off date, but intend to place an order before the game’s release on March the 8th, then you’ll still be netting yourself some pretty awesome goodies. Specifically, a shield and accompanying sword:
The Lion of Orlais Shield –
At the height of the Summer War all of Orlais was embroiled in fierce battles. Over the course of the war dozens of contenders for the Imperial Throne emerged – most long forgotten except as footnotes in scholarly tomes. But everyone remembers the gallant young lord Emile Deveraux, “The Golden Prince”. Thought outnumbered at every turn, he racked victory upon victory culminating in the Seventh Battle of Roses. While wearing this shield he broke through his uncle’s vanguard to win the day. He never knew the taste of defeat, instead meeting his end at the hands of a jealous lover in the dead of night.
- Two rune slots
- Adds to health
- Adds to % XP gain
The Fadeshear Sword
The core of this blade is old. As old as the first smiths who sought a way to battle the nightmares from the land beyond. It has fought the demonic hosts in countless battles. Sometimes it has been held high in triumphant victory. Other times, it has lain broken besides its dying owner. But after every defeat it has always been reclaimed, reforged, and made stronger. Fadeshear has passed through many hands before yours. Now it is your turn to make the demons of the Fade pay for crossing the Veil into the waking world.
- Improves with level-up
- Additional damage vs. demons and undead
I’m not done yet though! Bioware’s intent here, is to cut back the resale value for used games and as such, those who purchase brand new copies of Dragon Age 2 will also receive a couple of perks in the form of a fighting Mabari War Hound, The Mirror of Transformation (used to change your character’s appearance) and access to exclusive Magic and Crafting Stores.
Did you get all that? No? Then head on over to the Official Dragon Age 2 website to get it all straight from the Mabari’s mouth and FYI, yes, the site does say that the Signature Edition contains all of the above. Roll on March! February, DO ONE!