If you were interested in grabbing the Tales of Xillia Collector’s Edition but you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, chances are you’ve missed out. As far as I can tell, the CE is sold out via pre-order at every retailer that was offering it, including Amazon and GameStop. Late bloomers aren’t all the way out of luck though, as Namco has revealed a comparably featured and much cheaper limited edition version of the game.
The LE is exclusive to the first print run of the game, meaning that anyone who pre-orders or buys the game on or near launch will get one. Other than the game itself, none of the contents of the LE and the CE are identical, meaning a hardcore Tales fan would need to get both versions of the game to collect all the bonuses. The LE includes: the game, a collectible character profile booklet, a Tales of Xillia music CD, downloadable costumes for the protagonists Jude and Milla, and limited edition packaging.
The biggest draw of the LE is that it is priced the same as the standard edition of the game: $60. For what it includes, I’d say it’s a steal. I was interested in the CE of Tales of Xillia, but I couldn’t justify a $40 markup for the Milla figure and it was sold out before I could make up my mind. I definitely prefer the functional bonuses, like the DLC, art-book and music CD compared to the figure though. Tales of Xillia will be available in North America on August 6th and in Europe on August 9th.