Early Access began today for Square-Enix’s reborn MMO, and my limited edition pre-order copy decided it’d be a nice coincidence to arrive at my door. Another day, another limited edition!
So what’s in the (rather big) box, you ask? Let’s take a look.
The first thing to notice is the box itself (on the left, with the cardboard slip cover on the right): it’s like an old big-box PC game! And it needs to be large, to house what’s inside it.
Within, we have the game and security token on one side (with the six-track soundtrack and pack of five art cards hidden behind), and on the right, a glorious art book!
I’ve complained (mildly) before about paperback artbooks that tend to come with limited edition games, but FFXIV:ARR‘s included artbook is more like the kind you’d find on sale separately. Titled ‘The Art of Eorzea: A Realm Reimagined’, it’s hardback, printed on thick, glossy stock and though it only runs for 80 pages, the size of the book means the designers can pack a ton of art into a single page. I’ve only had a brief flick through it so far, but it looks to be filled with beautiful art work. Here’s a couple of examples. Click through to see the full size images.
Finally, here’s a shot of the box and all of its contents – the art book, the game, the five art cards, soundtrack CD and security token. Also of note is a second disc in the game box called ‘Waning of the Sixth Sun’, which I believe tells the story of the original release of FFXIV and the events that lead up to its endgame, culminating in the birth of A Realm Reborn‘s Seventh Umbral Era. It comes on a blu ray disc, but I’ve yet to check it out. Anyway, here’s that pic I promised.
As I mentioned above, early access for pre-ordered copies began today. I’ve yet to jump back in, but if you’re playing and happen to be on the Odin server, look out for Khroma Midgard. That’ll be me.