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Guild Wars 2 pre-orders come with beta access, £130/$150 Collector's Edition comes with big cat

Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition shot

Guild Wars 2 will be available to pre-purchase in a few weeks. Anyone who grabs the standard digital edition, the digital deluxe edition or the physical collector's edition will get access to every beta event, entry to a three day headstart session and an in-game Hero's Band, which will offer you a few stat boosts for your new character.

If you've got £130/$150 lying around, and have a domestic cat you'd quite like to scare, the collector's edition comes with a 10 inch tall statue of one of Tyria's fiercest feline warriors, The Charr. His name is Rytlock Brimstone. He has a giant flaming sword and quite likes small fluffy things.

There's lots more in the box. The standard box will cost $60. Read on for a list of what you'll get in the digital deluxe and collector's editions.

Digital Deluxe Edition ($80)

  • Guild Wars 2 game

  • Summon Mistfire Wolf Elite Skill - lets you summon a wolf for a time in combat

  • Rytlock Miniature - an in-game statue of Rytlock

  • Golem Banker - lets you access your bank from anywhere for five days

  • Chalice of Glory - grants a one-time boost to glory earned in PvP

  • Tome of Influence - a one-off boost to your guild's influence, which can be used to buy guild vaults and emblems

Collector's edition (£130/$150)

  • Contains everything in the Digital Deluxe Edition PLUS

  • 10-inch figurine of Rytlock - see a bigger picture of him below

  • 112 page Making of Guild Wars 2 book - concept art, dev team interviews, all that jazz

  • Custom Art Frame - For your concept art prints

  • Art Portfolio and Five Art Prints

  • Best of Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack CD

The differences between each version are listed over on the Guild Wars 2 site , and there's plenty more on the big, expensive pack on the Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition page . They'll go on sale on April 10. What do you reckon, is £130/$150 worth it for the concept art and cat statue? Here's a bigger picture of him. Click to make him LARGE AND FEARSOME.

Based in Bath with the UK team, Tom loves strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.