Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition

EA has announced a special Dev Team Edition for Dead Space 3 with a limited 5,000 made available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The limited edition costs $160 and includes the following items:
  • An 8-inch polyresin model of The Black Marker alien artifact
  • 10 x 7-inch Aluminum Data Pad with 9 sets of pages
  • 14-oz Med Pack Water Bottle with transparent blue casing
  • Bound SCAF Jotter including 20 pages of Dead Space lore
  • 3 12 x 5-inch vintage SCAF Posters printed on 90-pound paper
  • 6 Peng Postcards
  • 4.75 x 5.6-inch 96-page Mini Art Book full of concept visuals
  • DLC: First Contact – First Contact suit and Negotiator weapon
  • DLC: Witness the Truth – Witness the Truth suit and Evangelizer weapon
  • Metal plate stating the edition number you received
Dead Space 3 Dev Edition is only available on the EA online store. It will not be available at stores.

EA is also selling just the items themselves without a game included for $100, which makes me believe the game will be packaged separately from the extra items. For example, if you buy the PS3 version you will get Dead Space 3 for PS3 and then the extra limited edition items.

This is much easier for EA to manage logistically. They can make 5,000 of them and not need to worry about which version, PS3, 360, or PC, will be more popular and easily ship them to customers who only want the limited edition stuff.

I personally think this lowers the collectible value of the package because you are basically buying a standard edition game with some limited edition memorabilia instead of buying a limited edition game package.

The Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition originally sold for $149 and now sells for $500 brand new. But only 1,000 of those were made and the game and limited edition items are one package. We will have to wait and see if the Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition becomes as popular with collectors. It is probably a safe bet to at least keep its value because collector's edition games generally keep their value better than standard edition.

UPDATE (Feb. 8th 2013): The Dead Space 3 Dev Team accessories are selling for about $250 now. That is 150% more than their original price.


RE said...

Any ideo as to how we can aquire this set?? Will it be available in stores, or do I need to buy it directly from EA ?

JJ Hendricks said...

@RE - If you visit the 'EA has announced' link in the article it goes to the EA store where they are selling the item. It is EA Store exclusive though.

I will add that to the article to make sure it is clear. Thank you

Anonymous said...

An interesting parallel would be to see where the Final Fight Double Impact box and the Dead Rising 2 High Stakes box are. They are also limited editions that do not include the game itself. Might give a better idea of where this one will fall even though it might not be off set by the whole Dead Space Ultra LE value.

JJ Hendricks said...

@anonymous - Good comparison products. Dead Rising 2 High Stakes originally sold for $89, but it is still available on the Capcom store marked down to $44.

It is safe to say this version did not sell that well.

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