If there is one thing which is certain these days, it’s that there is almost always going to be more than one version released of a video game. Limited Special Edition, Collector’s Edition, Super Mega Freaking Awesome Edition and so on.
I have no real issue with this and some of the editions that are released can include some excellent bonus content and ‘trinkets’. However, it’s becoming more and more common to bundle a few digital vanity items and, perhaps if your lucky, some on-disc DLC codes, and call it a collectors edition.
We were asked if we would like to take a look at the new Divinity Anthology:Collector’s Edition, and if I’m honest I was expecting this to fall into the ‘tacked on extras’ category previously mentioned. However, I’m a big fan of the Divinity series and so decided to take a look myself.
The Divinity Anthology Collector’s Edition is, in my opinion, one of the best Collectors Editions that I have seen in recent years. There, I said it.
First of all, the games. Included in the box are DRM free copies of Divine Divinity, Beyond Divinity and Divinity 2: Developer’s Cut. Not content with including DRM free versions of each of the titles, a quick look inside the game cases and you will also find Steam Codes for digital versions of them. A perfect of example of our to appease gamers.
While each of the titles on offer are fantastic examples of well crafted, old school RPGs, the Developers Cut of Divinity 2 deserves a special mention. This version gives you access to a special tool kit that the developers used when they originally created it. It essentially allows to you do anything you want while playing, even allowing you to play as any of the character models in the game. An absolutely wonderful inclusion that will give fans of the game hours of extra playtime.
The soundtracks are, again, not your normal digital download that we are seeing more often than not in these kind of editions. Physical discs are included and contain not only the best tracks from the entire series but also previously unreleased tracks and out-takes that never made it into the final versions of the games. Once again, Larian studios go above and beyond.
Following this theme of giving more to the fans than a lot of other studios, the developer diary is a very honest ‘warts and all’ account of the ups and downs that they faced during the development cycles. It’s rare for a developer to be this honest, and it’s one of the only developer diaries that I actually took to bed to read.
Posters and stickers are also included here, and they have a really funky ‘old school’ feel to them. I was especially fond of the posters – it’s a shame more games don’t include them.
Finally, there are codes to download special items for the upcoming Divinity: Dragon Commander and Divinity: Original Sin titles. Again, a really nice thought.
Overall, this is a fantastic collection and, as only 25,000 boxed copies are to be released for sale, it feels really special. This is what collectors editions should be, and other developers would do well to take note.
Well played Larian, well played.
The Divinity Anthology Collector’s Edition is available to buy now for PC.