Most of the Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition $300 price tag is tied to an electromagnetic floating wand

As reported by our friends from GamesRadarOn August 24, Avalanche Software revealed (opens in a new tab) the very expensive $300 collector’s version of Hogwarts Legacy.

Limited edition video games can be random. After all, what if you just committed to a triple-digit “the epic nerd” loot box for a true 5/10 experience (or 50%, according to the best video game rating system in the planet ?)

What if, bear with me, you get the Dragon Age Inquisition Limited Edition pre-order as a birthday present in 2014 and it ends up being a pretty satisfying 7/10 (87% (opens in a new tab)), but comes with a few pieces of plastic crap and a “cloth card” which is just the same point jpg of Thedas (opens in a new tab) who’s been on the dragon age wiki since 2009, printed on the cheapest polyester imaginable?

Speculation aside, the quality of the products themselves doesn’t seem to be at issue with Legacy’s Boy Who Lived Supderdeluxe edition, at least. Its centerpiece is a giant cast of a wizarding tome with a map of Hogwarts printed on its open pages. It can be plugged in and turned on, activating the electromagnets under its pages and allowing the included collectible magic wand to float above – pretty nifty!

It’s a bit like that anyway. The Every Flavored Bean Edition also features an exclusive outfit and all lower-tier Deluxe Edition digital merchandise. Players also receive a Steelbook case which, for those of us on PC, will only contain a download code⁠ – another symptom of our cursed modernity. Collector’s Edition owners will also be able to access Hogwarts Legacy three days earlier than other players.

I can’t help but compare this to offerings from Limited Run Games and iam8bit, providers of beautiful collector’s editions of indie and classic games. I recently snagged the Limited version of KOTOR 2 (opens in a new tab), an old favorite, for around $200 after tax and shipping. It’s an old game and none of its included tunes and boobahs have the wow factor of Legacy’s levitation platform, but its wider range of collectibles and art book included talk for me more than just the success of Legacy.

I would be remiss if I did not also mention the extensive anti-trans rhetoric and political activity of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling. Avalanche and Warner Bros attempted to distance themselves from Rowling’s policy, saying she had no creative input on the game and including a “trans-inclusive” character creation system. (opens in a new tab). Let those who have never bought a Spicy Chicken Cookie from Chick-fil-A lay down the first stone when it comes to “ethical drinking,”⁠ but Warner Bros. declined to comment. Kotaku (opens in a new tab) whether or not Rowling would receive royalties from the game. Given her creation and ownership of the setting, her social and financial gain seems assured.

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