Skyrim: CE Cost Breakdown

Bethesda recently announced the Collector’s Edition of Skyrim, and boy is it a doozy. How does it compare with the premium version of Oblivion...and how big a hole will it burn in our wallets?

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DeleteThisxx2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

I've said it many times:

Screw collector's editions that cost $150.00... They're the first to drop and the first to drop FAST.

Edit: It's sad that developers know they can get away with this. I'll one day get this CE because I'm a huge Elder Scrolls fan BUT I won't be the sucker paying $150.

banjadude2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

The part about the price drop... that happened to me with Killzone 3. It's like what, $60 now? I paid something like $135 CDN for it :/

joab7772360d ago

U are a smart one...I'm dead serious. If u are wealthy and need the statue next to u while u play, then by all means. Otherwise, get it down the road. I only get pre orders because u pretty much cannot get them again and because u can sell them and make money. Maybe I'm too old or too broke but I will always opt to spend that extra $90 on a game. Also, the only time i have ever spent $10 more or pre ordered to get upgrade, its because of the in game content. If this offered armor, a sword and staff no one else could ever get, i would think about it....I'd say no but it would have me sorry and regretful.

da_2pacalypse2360d ago

In my opinion, companies shouldn't be making any more profit out of a collectors edition. In my opinion they should be making the same profit out of a collectors edition as they would out of a regular edition. How can you treat your most loyal fans by ripping them off? So a bump of 90 dollars should be 90 dollars worth of content, not 50 dollars plus another 40 dollars of profit for the company...

pipipi2360d ago

no you wont be the suker paying 150 bucks, but you will be the suker crying because they sold out and getting it from ebay at 250 or more LOL

DeleteThisxx2360d ago

Yeah, right. Tell that to my KillZone 3 Helghast Edition, inFamous 2 Hero Edition, LittleBigPlanet 2 Collector's Edition, Halo 3 Legendary Edition, Halo Reach Legendary Edition, Batman Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition, Resistance 2 Collector's Edition, Gears of War 1/2 Limited Edition, Elder Scrolls IV Collector's Edition, Splinter Cell Conviction Collector's Edition, Fallout 3 Collector's Edition, Fallout New Vegas Collector's Edition...

Lol... Yeah, I'll be the sucker crying all right.

Heartnet2360d ago

Tahts what is happening to SW:TOR Now LOL.. Why i got mine on pre order right now ;)

thematrix12982360d ago

Been playing games for about 16 years, never bought a CE game :). I agree with rest, ripping off the most royal fans is not cool.

Heartnet2360d ago

If u were the biggest fan you would of bought the CE For the game...

otherwise ur just a normal fan... and nobody wants that :D

SasquatchXD2360d ago

I've been ripped off by CE's too, but not by bethesda, so I reserved mine in hope that it is worth it because Elderscrolls have been in my game library since I started gaming. And If they let me down then I will know better next time (lionhead I'm talking to you).

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aGameDeveloper2359d ago

If they truly WERE "Collectors Editions" (IE limited run, never to be reissued), then the release price could very well be the cheapest you could find it. If they overestimate the demand, or keep reissuing it, THAT'S when you see the big drops in price.

showtimefolks2359d ago

i bought infamous 2 hero edition for 100 and within few weeks of release it was on sale for 49.99 at gamestop. killzone 3 helgast edition i recently bought for 39.99 even though i had bought the regular edition of kz at launch.

i am waiting for duke nukeum forever CE but not for 79.99 its was on sale for like 50 and i didn't even want to pay that i am willing to pay 20-30 max.

now a days when a game launches don't just run to the store and buy it look around most times retailers are offering 20-30 dollars in gift card if you buy it at their store. What i hate is you buy a game at 59.99 the very next week it goes on sale for 39.99 it seems like that's a normal thing now wait a week save 20-20 bucks

and these special edition are not so special when there are millions of these made and bought by many to later go on craiglist for less than half what its worth

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strange19862360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

Exactly. Depending on the quality, though, I think you could value the book at more like 15-25 dollars. Even still, this is not a good deal.

Gigglefist2360d ago

If you could find a 200+ hardcover of ANY limited edition for 25 or less I'd be amazed. Books are expensive, dude. New hardcover novels tend to cost 30, and those aren't a foot tall like this is.

Heartnet2360d ago

You can pick up a hardcover book by a decent author for around £15 nowadays.. and thats got some effort put into it! :L

aGameDeveloper2359d ago

And hardcover PHOTO books are quite a bit more expensive to produce than hardcover novels - especially in limited editions. So $30 is likely a better estimate, based on some books I found on Amazon, such as this:

strange19862359d ago


Fair enough, a book of good quality should be valued a bit higher. So let's say it's worth around 40 dollars and the DVD extras are worth 10 (being generous here). That gives a $110 total so far. So at this point I guess it just comes down to how you personally value the statue. I generally don't care for special edition statues, so I don't personally find the final price worth it.

Gigglefist2360d ago

This guy doesn't really understand the items. The "slightly bigger book" is a beautifully bound coffee table art book. He compares it to the book from the Oblivion CE. That book has nothing on this (I'd know, I have it).

Also, that's a hella big statue, and PVC isn't just a "plastic". I can't wait for this.

BrianG2360d ago

PVC also isn't steel, or any other type of more expensive and more durable metal either.

It seems to be overpriced no matter how you look at it. And just like others said, a price drop will more than likely happen soon after launch.

ploogle2360d ago

Unfortunately there will probably not be a price drop. Enough interest is being expressed through various channels that I bet they'll sell out of their "very limited run" (See official BethBlog post) before the rest of us can scavenge the remains.

You can probably count on a few rips of the "making-of" DVD finding their way onto the interwebs.

TOSgamer2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

The book is made out of cardboard and paper. The statue is made out of plastic. They will churn out tons of these to anyone gullible enough to pay $150, then $130, then $100, then $80 and eventually $60. Because it only costs them a few dollars to produce. There's a reason its called Collector's edition and not LIMITED EDITION.

aGameDeveloper2359d ago

Even if the statue is made out of "cheap plastic", much of the expense COULD be due to the paint job, which might be hand-painted (I don't believe you can mold much color into PVC statues). For example, painted plastic D&D miniatures cost about $6 apiece, and the paint jobs are quite poor - not to mention having less than 5% the surface area.

DeleteThisxx2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

Dude, a 90 page art book is hardly a coffee table art book (I stand corrected, the first article I read on this edition said it was 90, still doesn't warrant the asking price for $150). I have a collection of art books that are 200+ pages and I've gotten them for $15 - $20 max. And yes, PVC is just plastic.

Gigglefist2360d ago

It's a 200 page book. Not 90. Over a foot tall, too.

hazelamy2360d ago

Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is a thermoplastic polymer. It is a vinyl polymer constructed of repeating vinyl groups (ethenyls) having one hydrogen replaced by chloride. Polyvinyl chloride is the third most widely produced plastic, after polyethylene and polypropylene.[2] PVC is widely used in construction because it is cheap, durable, and easy to assemble.

it's a bloody plastic statue

Lucreto2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

The group making the statue make Team Fortress statues as well. They charge $230 each for them and they sell out fast.

There is a market for them may be not for you but people buy them.

Cereal2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )

The art & making of DVD will be uploaded to the internet when the game comes out (probably before it comes out actually). Enjoy paying $90 extra for a plastic statue. (and $60 extra on DLC unless you wait for the re-release of the game where you get both the game & the DLC).

Ser2360d ago

"Enjoy paying $90 extra for a plastic statue."

I plan on it! I have no problem with lining Bethesda's pockets. Also, I'd pay the full price even without the book. That PVC statue is mine.

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Ser2360d ago (Edited 2360d ago )


Sticks and stones, brother. It's my hard earned money, I'll decide what to do with it, thanks. :)

Motorola2360d ago

Not worth it imo. I'm gonna spend 300 hours on the game, not reading the art book or looking at the statue. Sure I look through the art book once. That's probably it. Statue? It's nice but doesn't justify the price.

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