Dragon Age II Preorders Score A Free Signature Edition Upgrade

BioWare is upgrading copies of Dragon Age II preordered before January 11 to the Signature Edition, packed with $20 worth of downloadable content, a soundtrack, and an in-game armory. It's like a preorder bonus, only...okay, it's a preorder bonus.

BioWare is calling it a free upgrade to a collector's edition, but let's call a spade a spade. Giving fans who preorder the game before a certain point extra content is a preorder bonus. That preorder bonus consists of a CD containing the game's soundtrack, a download code for an additional playable character and new missions, and an armory players can access in-game, stocked with various equipment.

It's a preorder bonus. Looking at it another way, it's a way of limiting the value of used copies, much like BioWare and EA did by including downloadable content with new copies of Dragon Age: Origins.

"Over the past 15 years, we've been privileged to have the support of a passionate community of fans, who continue to grow in number with every game we release," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts and co-founder and Group General Manager of BioWare. "The BioWare Signature Edition of Dragon Age II is a chance for us to reward loyal fans who pre-order the game by providing them with additional high-quality content for free."

Or I guess you could call it a way to reward loyal fans.

The Dragon Age II Signature Edition will only be available for preorder through January 11. Existing preorders will receive a free upgrade.

Dragon Age II is slated for a March 8 release on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.