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If the additional Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer revealed yesterday at E3 2014 got you hyped up, you’re in the right place for information on the differences between the Deluxe Edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Standard Edition.

Confirmed just a tad over a month ago by BioWare, Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on October 7th, 2014. Not long after the April announcement, Inquisition quickly became available for preorder at several online retailers. Two editions have been announced – the Standard Edition for $59.99 and the Deluxe Edition for $69.99. The game will release for all the essential platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. (Sorry, Wii U.)

Is the extra ~$15 worth it for the Deluxe? You’ll have to decide for yourself, but we’ll try to guide you through the decision process.

For those who just want the game without all the frills and digital in-game goodies, there’s a strong case for getting the Standard Edition on the PC. That case is cost: the PC Digital version of Inquisition can be purchased after for around $10 off via digital retailers.

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Note: There is currently a special winter sale price on Inquisition, which ends near new year. This is both the lowest ever price we’ve seen on Inquisition for both the standard and deluxe edition.

For the Deluxe Edition of Inquisition, the price is $69.99 across the board. On the PC, you’ll only be able to find the Digital Deluxe Edition at the Origin Store, whereas for other platforms your usual retail suspects will carry the title, with retailer-specific exclusives not yet fully announced. On consoles, we doubt there will be much in the way of preorder discounts for either the Deluxe or Standard Edition, simply due to the nature of the physical medium.

Flames of the Inquisition Weapons Arsenal Pre-order Bonus

As a preorder bonus, most retailers are throwing in the “Flames of the Inquisition Weapons Arsenal”. This is a preorder bonus for the Standard Edition of the game, but if you happen to buy after the game is released, it will only be found in the Deluxe Edition. The four included weapons are shown below:

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Deluxe vs Standard

While the “Flames of the Inquisition Weapons” will always be offered in the Deluxe Edition of the game, there are other bonuses you’ll be able to nab. Full details on all the goodies contained in the Deluxe Edition have not been fully revealed at time of writing, but they’ve already shed some light on a few key bonuses:

  • Soundtrack. Sorry iTunes fans – the Dragon Age: Inquisition Soundtrack is not yet available. However, the Deluxe Edition will include a free MP3 copy of the soundtrack. You can listen to at least one of the tracks here.
  • Skyhold Throne. It appears you’re some sort of Grand Inquisitor in this game, because you’ll actually get your own Dragon Skull throne as a digital bonus in the Deluxe Edition. As described by BioWare: Every ruler should sit in a place of high honor, but as the Inquisitor you will have the greatest of all, fashioned from an ancient dragon skull.
  • Red Hart Halla. Described as a “great-horned beast” in which you “transverse the world.” Though it’s purely speculation at this point, this is likely a fast travel mechanism in the game. For Dragon Age fans, this could be a good sign the map is quite large.
  • Bog Unicorn. Every hero needs his trusty steed. This beast of burden at your disposal is described as having “once belonging to an evil marauder . . . [returning] to inspire fear into those who would oppose you.” Perhaps you – the Grand Inquisitor – can ride and fight from this mount.

Enchantment?

Is it worth the extra money for the Deluxe Edition? Or rather, to quote Sandal, “Enchantment”? The lowdown at this point is in the list of Deluxe Edition features, there’s still an unannounced field of “bonus digital content” to be announced by BioWare.

While vague promises of further bonus content are all well and good, it’s likely BioWare has already announced the best bonuses already, and anything else is icing on the cake. Given that there is no discount available on the Deluxe Edition just yet, those interested may want to wait until all details are released to fork over the cash. If, however, you’ve already decided on the Standard Edition on PC, the $50 price tag is very alluring and will most likely expire soon.

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