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Assassin’s Creed 2 Pre-Order Bonus

Yet another oh-so-wonderful pre-order bonus! For those of you with access to Gamestop stores, a pre-order for Assassin’s Creed 2 will grant you access to an exclusive in-game area: the famed Palazzo Medici, a Renaissance-era palace located in Florence, Italy.

The palace, designed by the Italian architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, was built for Cosimo de’ Medici, of the powerful and infamous Medici family of the Florentine gentry. It was built between 1445 and 1460, and was “one of the numerous palazzo built during the period of Florentine prosperity.” Now, with a pre-order, players will be able to simultaneously run and jump on some of history’s most beautiful architecture, and cause di Bartolomeo to roll in his grave.

Assassin’s Creed 2 is joining an esteemed list of games that will offer bonuses when pre-ordered at Gamestop, among such titles as Forza 3 and Madden 10. However, this sort of content-locking or inclusion of special “bonuses” for pre-orders is quite a hot topic; and, as players that bought X-Men Origins: Wolverine know, these bonuses are not always exclusive, as can be seen by the Gamestop pre-order bonus that was released for $10 on the Marketplace a mere month after the game’s release.

What do the readers think of this bonus? Is it worth a pre-order, or have you had enough?

Source: 1UP

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Comment by kevgallacher on 2009-06-24 17:49:03 | Reply

I’m fed up with these bonuses.
There are games like Fable 2 and Halo Wars were I have missed out on extra content.
The stuff should just come with all copies of the game. It is infair to those who never pre-ordered. It seems to be becoming frequent now, with most of the major titles offering some bonus.

Comment by Wardieboy on 2009-06-24 19:14:55 | Reply

This makes me wary of buying titles with this kind of incentive to encourage pre-orders. If developers had faith in their titles they would let the games sell on the quality of the reviews given near release and not entice us all to part with our money before then.

Comment by TK Chillin on 2009-06-24 22:41:01 | Reply

The reason they are pushing the pre-orders is very simple…MONEY!!! The money for those pre-orders goes in the bank and sits there making even more money. I see company’s doing it all over the place on tons of products. If I pre-order I only put 5 dollars down, but I know a lot of people who fully prepay for their game. That’s 60 bucks. (60 bucks) x (How every many pre-orders) + (Intrest on how many months pre-ordered)= BIG BUCKS!!!

Comment by ManoDestra on 2009-06-25 14:54:48 | Reply

Do you guys have to put money down on pre-orders? We don’t have to do that in the UK. We simply pre-order it and then pay for it when it comes out. It’s simply a loyalty thing in the UK to ensure you get your copy and to ensure they get your money.

Comment by kevgallacher on 2009-06-25 17:25:15 | Reply

Yeah if you order off of internet they only charge you the day that the product ships.
I would never want to pre-pay for a game that I’m going to own for several months, thats crazy.

Comment by TK Chillin on 2009-06-25 23:01:17 | Reply

You have to put 5 dollars down to pre-order at Gamestop!

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