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Old 09-09-2011, 02:42 AM
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Default Help Design the CE for Borderlands 2

Apparently GearBox is planning to offer a Collector's Edition for their upcoming game Borderlands 2 (due out sometime in 2012). Not only are they planning to offer a CE they've asked the community to help them decide what to include!

You can send them your ideas on the official GearBox forum.

Me personally I told them I don't care what they include for bonuses as long as the packaging is high quality. I figure I spend more time looking at it sitting on the shelf than anything else, so it might as well be worth looking at.

... although an RC claptrap would be pretty cool...... View this article on the HomePage.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:45 AM
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I'm so going to hit this hard with ideas!

I've not played the first game, but if they're planning a CE and asking for us for ideas to compile it, then we should really make the effort to suggest ideas!

I'm with TS on this one though. High quality is the key here. If the quality is high, then I don't mind paying a premium for it, but I resent paying good money for something which includes cheap trinkets and plastic moulded items with poor paintwork. Anything which is hand crafted is a plus, although I am getting fed-up of statues and figures, and want something different for a change. Something unique would be preferable, and game-relevant, naturally.

I think most of us will agree that it should be numbered too. Even if there's going to be 20,000 or 30,000 of these things, it's always nice to have a number. If they're going to be more limited, then that is even better!

I too would like something which looks nice on display in the box. Having items in the box to display is all well and good, but I would think that a majority of collectors who buy these things keep the items inside the box for storage purposes. Some CE's have little windows on the front so you can see the statue or whatever inside, but others have dull artwork and logos all over them which looks tacky.


Without knowing too much about the game, I can't really suggest much. Folded posters are pretty standard these days, and should be included by default. A hardback artwork book with embedded CD soundtrack would be a nice place to start, perhaps roughed up a bit to look like a miner's handbook which would fit in with the game's setting. Metal keychains are always nice to have, yet small enough to stuff into even the smallest of CE's. A die-cast replica of an in-game vehicle would be nice too, but not a plastic mould or statue.

Perhaps some sexy artcards of the female characters, or better still, a sexy calendar! Very few CE's include calendars, so this would be something different. It doesn't even have to be a functional present-day calendar either, as a futuristic fictional calendar design would be just as nice! As we all know, sex sells, and any excuse to display sexy characters is a win in my mind!

The packaging could also be some kind of metal tin, made to look like something found in the game. Maybe a miniature red oil drum? Yea, that could work!
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:57 AM
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Default Re: Help Design the CE for Borderlands 2

And a steelbook for sure! CE should always have steelbooks instead of just throwing the normal game inside with all the other stuff.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:01 AM
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And a steelbook for sure! CE should always have steelbooks instead of just throwing the normal game inside with all the other stuff.
Oh yea, how could I forget the SteelBook! Lol.

The soundtrack CD should come either packed in the SteelBook, or encompassed into the artwork book somehow. Standard jewel cases or cardboard sleeves are no longer acceptable, and are a little tacky to say the least!

Oh, and there should be a bonus Dvd as well with behind the scenes "making of" videos and bonus content such as wallpapers, sound effects, player's guides etc...

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I posted a link to this discussion thread in their discussion thread:

http://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/sh...&postcount=151

Hopefully we'll get some good ideas printed here as well

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Old 09-09-2011, 06:44 AM
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I have tidied up my ideas and posted them in a list on the Gearbox forum:

http://forums.gearboxsoftware.com/sh...&postcount=187

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I'm going to list a few things briefly in order to give you guys some ideas, and possibly provoke some discussion

Most important:

  1. High quality! - If we're paying a premium and also contributing to the creation of this, then we expect a quality product at the end of it!
  2. Limited - Don't overproduce these, otherwise they become worthless to collectors. 5,000-10,000 per console is ample
  3. Numbered - All the best CE's come numbered with a Certificate Of authenticity.



As standard:

  1. SteelBook / DigiPak - Anything less is not acceptable (SteelBook preferred)
  2. Bonus Dvd - Featuring behind the scenes "making of" videos, wallpapers, artwork, icons, sound effects, player's guide / hints & tips guide etc...
  3. Hardback artwork book - Featuring concept & final game artwork
  4. CD soundtrack - On an actual CD. Not DLC! Preferably embedded within the hardback artwork book or SteelBook (jewel case or cardboard sleeve not acceptable!)
  5. Poster - Preferably double-sided, and preferably A4x8 size (rolled or folded, however it may be)
  6. Borderlands comic book - Preferably the storyline of the first game in print



Ideas:

  1. Red oil drum packaging - Contents come in miniature sized red oil drum! (Aluminium perhaps?)
  2. Metal keychain - Game-related keychain
  3. Artcards - Perhaps some concept artwork, or maybe sexy pictures of in-game female characters
  4. Sexy calendar - Sex sells! Doesn't have to be present-day or functional, just has to look nice! Emphasis on the pictures, not the dates
  5. Die-cast vehicle replicas - Die-cast replicas (Hotwheels size) of in-game vehicles (not moulded plastic!)



Out!

  • Statues & figures - So many CE's include statues or figures of varying quality. Do we really need yet another CE with yet another generic statue / figure?
  • DLC - Seriously guys, DLC is not an adequate feature for a Collector's Edition! By all means include it, but please don't tout it as a main collectible feature!
  • Bags / backpacks - Overused in 2011! Do collectors really want more branded bags?
  • Standard edition of the game - No, just no!




Two ideas above I would like to expand on:

Oil drum packaging - The first is the red oil drum packaging idea. I believe this would be in keeping with the theme of the game, and would look much nicer on display than a generic oblong cardboard box covered in just artwork and logos. The oil drum could be battered and made to look rusted like a piece of junk or industrial mining waste. It would also be pretty cheap to produce, like those tins of chocolates you buy at Xmas

Sexy calendar - The second idea I would like to expand on is the "Women of Borderlands" calendar idea. Calendars are something not many (if any) CE's have included in the past, and could be the niche item this edition needs to appeal to collectors. It could be about 12" square, and feature lots of sexy artwork or poses of the female characters from the game. It doesn't necessarily need to be functional, just sexy! - Maybe a calendar featuring future dates or fictional dates...
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I got a swell idea: a Marcus Kincaid bobblehead! Allusion to the first game, plus they mentioned during that Borderlands 2 gameplay video that Marcus is worshiped as practically a deity in the new game. Makes sense to me!

EDIT: I'm at work and can't really make an account on the Gearbox forums, so anybody wanna throw my idea up there?

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Default Re: Help Design the CE for Borderlands 2

Keep in mind that this is the same group who made Duke Nukem Balls of Steel Edition... so I would approach them using that as your basis and tell them to not do all the things they did wrong with that one
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I got a swell idea: a Marcus Kincaid bobblehead! Allusion to the first game, plus they mentioned during that Borderlands 2 gameplay video that Marcus is worshiped as practically a deity in the new game. Makes sense to me!

EDIT: I'm at work and can't really make an account on the Gearbox forums, so anybody wanna throw my idea up there?
It's been suggested several times in that epic thread
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It's been suggested several times in that epic thread
Well, I guess the idea isn't so unique, but hey, great minds think alike, so they say.

Maybe with lots of people requesting it, it'd be more likely to become a reality, eh?
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:02 PM
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If they must do diecast models, the preferred scale is 1:24 (I personally prefer 1:18 but I'm trying to be realistic here). 1:43 is still acceptable, but 1:64 is too small.
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