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Recently, players have noticed that Rise of the Tomb Raider has received an unexpected (and unannounced) discount. As noted in this Reddit thread, users have seen a price drop from the pre-order price, which for the UK was £39.99. Now that it is launched, however, the now redubbed ‘Standard Edition’ costs £35.99. This sale is also happening worldwide, and is not just limited to the UK.

A representative from Crystal Dynamics has come forward with a statement on the matter:

“We’ve seen some discussions on the content difference between pre-purchasing Rise of the Tomb Raider and the Day One Edition, and would like to clarify.
If you pre-purchased Rise of the Tomb Raider on Steam, you received a free download of Tomb Raider (2013), the Sparrowhawk DLC pack, and the Remnant Resistance DLC pack. Each pack includes an outfit, weapon, and card pack.
If you purchase the Rise of the Tomb Raider Day One Edition – available until 9 AM PST February 4th – you receive a 10 percent discount and the Remnant Resistance DLC pack. The full download for Tomb Raider (2013) and the Sparrowhawk DLC pack are not included in this offering.”

Essentially, the discount is due to the fact that Tomb Raider 2013 and the Sparrowhawk DLC pack are not included in the bundle, despite the fact that apparently in the pre-order promotional material these things were labeled as ‘free.’


Quick Take

Screwing over loyal customers is becoming an art form for AAA publishers these days. What can they possibly think of next? is an ironic tagline that I could use, but I won’t because I’m pretty sure they would take that as a challenge. For those who see the neat little ‘DLC packs’ that publishers pull out of the game just before release and sell to their customers and wish to preorder… Don’t. This is what happens if you do: condescending nickel and diming that is more reminiscent of driving to the gas station than anything else.

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  • DEADBEEF

    So they discounted the main game by 20 dollars, but changed it so the preorder no longer includes the DLC? Do I understand you correctly?

  • braneman

    I’ve heard of screwing over your customers before but I have to give these guys 10 points for screwing over the fans of the series invested enough to pre-order. I mean seriously Tomb Raider 2013 could easily be bought for less than 5$ on any of the last five steam sales and anybody who is invested in the series probably ALREADY OWNS IT.

  • braneman

    Check the currency they’re using up there, those are pounds not dollars.

  • Carla

    Nope.
    According to the article, they discounted it by 5 pounds and the preorder had one more article of clothing and the previous game in it.
    Since those who preordered most likely already owned the older game, they basically paid 5£ for the clothing…

  • Dr Dub

    The real scandal is that grey import keys are £25 and we were being charged £40.

    Funny that in a global economy my salary has to be “competitive” versus people in other countries (so the government/businesses tell me ) but then I’m not expected to share in the same lower costs from which those foreign workers competing with me benefit – especially digital goods where there is no excuse.

  • DukeMagus

    Your 40 bucks are enough to buy 10 to 15 full meals where I live. How many can you buy in UK?

    If they put all the prices in standard dollar value, half of the world wouldn’t be able to purchase it because of the exchange rate. Companies lose entire markets in the long run.

  • SevTheBear

    I have said it for the last 10 years I will keep doing so a 100 times more to the day I die…