Re: Tetsuya Nomura's Special Message + Bonus Sketch
I SOOO called that it wasn't going to be anything special and none of you believed me! :P
I wanted to believe in SE. Really shouldn't have considering how often they have let fans down in the past. I wish I could ask the person who picked the art for this artbook "Why?" because it's very uninspired and doesn't bother to offer fans something they haven't seen before. Heck I'd have taken a reprint of that rare Spanish comic "The Sceptre and the Kingdom
" which is vastly more interesting. While not canon or even drawn by Nomura, it was entertaining and something not everybody even knows exists.
I'm exaggerating, but it's stuff that provides fans something new that makes people feel like they are getting their money's worth. If anything, I am second-guessing my preorder. I don't even like the dynamic theme they are giving us...idk. I know the brand team that worked on all of this is dedicated and loves the series and did their best to deliver something nice, but it all seems uninspired when you think of what could have made it better. I'm not sure why somebody didn't tell anybody "Hey, this doesn't seem like a cohesive presentation. You've got two renders in it and an area; all three that have nothing in common but the fact they are in the same game. None of the main characters...no special artwork they've never seen or would be nice to have in print. Maybe you should pick something else to put inside?"
Why did we not get this kind of stuff at the very least:
The artbook is a letdown for me T.T I was hoping for something more...just something more. I preordered it at my local gamestop, but I won't be spending any more money than I would have for the actual game, there is a $5 reservation fee that actually coincides with the game's actual price, and they consider it to be preordering, so I get my preorder bonus as well as paying regular price for the game, which I'd say is a win-win. Nothing lost, nothing gained.
Yeah, that is how I feel. I'm getting it for regular price which is cool but it isn't anything special besides two pages that could have probably been printed on some really nice, formal paper and put inside of the game box rather than a whole artbook of nothing for just that message and awesome sketch.
And I can't even put the game on my shelf because it is in the artbook rather than a normal case.
I kind of feel bad for Europe because they had to pay extra, but I have seen people actually pleased with this so this is probably for them...I like that they are thinking for all of the fans and not just us who are really dedicated, but they forget that for their core audience that has suck around all of these years, this is some really old stuff and it is their core audience that probably bought the LE the second it went on pre-order.
Imagine if they gave this to Japan. Japanese fans would be "wtf"ing because this is just reprint of the same stuff they got in the Ultimanias ten years ago.
They need to approach this as "Don't give NA/EU/PAL what you wouldn't give Japan, then give them what you'd give Japan" and they'd hit it right on the nail on how to approach this kind of Limited Edition product.
That was a sweet message Nomura left for the fans.
People are getting the game early? How? I have mine on preorder so I don't know if I could just walk into the shop and get it.
Stores in Europe are selling it early. Not sure which one...I'd suggest going to your local one and seeing if they have it and get it if you want then cancel your current order.