No offense, but boo freaking hoo. A Kickstarter pledge is not a pre-order: The incentives are not meant to be a good value, they're merely an expression of gratitude. Deep Silver had nothing to do with the Kickstarter, if they don't want to take that baggage, the alternative is to drop them and keep the game digital only, and what do backers gain from that? Absolutely nothing.
Backer rewards exist, again, as incentive to pay more than the lowest price. pay 150, get a plush toy. pay 200, get inafune's signature. stuff like that. also I disagree. incentives ARE meant to have some value. They are exclusive content for people who backed. otherwise theres no point. the issue with deep silver, is that Comcept didnt seem to have any consideration for the fact that backers might want a physical copy instead of a digital one. during the kickstarter, there were no plans for one. So people got the next best thing, a USB with the game on it (if on PC) and a fake box. yet now, Deep Silver announced there WILL be a physical version, yet backers who wanted a physical version since day 1, can't actually get that physical version for their pledge, because there's 2 different companies doing distribution. Fangamer is doing the backer copies, Deep Silver the physical ones, and Comcept just cant seem to do anything about any of that. It's kind of insulting.
And what exactly is it in the retail pre-order that devalues the backer incentives, anyway? There's no crossover save that both include an artbook of some kind, and I doubt they're the same book (the retail book is 30-ish pages while the backer book is supposed to also be a strategy guide). Even if they are, the backer book is not the only item at any reward tier, even the minimum $40 backers got a soundtrack along with it.
It offers, aside from being a PHYSICAL copy, and the artbook and poster, which every retail copy will contain-
an exclusive, numbered articulated figure of beck with interchangeable faceplates, and Inafune's signature in foil on the box.
Now, you can say what you want about a massproduced signature printed on the box- but a signature is a signature. backers paid 150 for a plush toy- which isnt even of Beck himself, it's a xel-
preorders meanwhile get a figure of the main character, which is infinitely more desirable.
And people paid 200 bucks and up for the chance to get Inafune's Signature.
So now, those two tiers are completely devalued by a (correction- it wasnt 40 bucks ) 60 buck preorder edition, which is inaccessible to backers.
I didnt pay anywhere near those 2 tiers, but I know a few people who did are feeling mighty cheated. Im miffed about that too out of principle- but mostly over the fact that i can't get a physical copy of the game, which i would have wanted during the kickstarter.
And Comcept hasnt really made any note of this.
hell, they didnt even announce the preorder edition to their backers at all. backers found out about the preorder/physical release from videogame news sites before Comcept, who hasnt even really responded in any form to the outcry over it with anything other than "rest assured, your feedback has been passed along the appropriate channels." which is such a stock answer it feels like they just ignore the complaints and send them to the recycle bin.
I just dunno. It seems like there is a physical copy in the tiers, but I'm just not sure. if Im as confident about backing this like I was for MN9