Resident Evil 2 is a good game. But surely it’s not so amazing that it warrants the purchase of a $900 preorder bundle.
The gaming industry is full of exclusive digital content and tiny statues to reward players for preordering games. The Resident Evil 2 remake bundle takes things a little too far by going well past what should be considered for a day one edition of a game.
Exclusive to Japan, the premium bundle comes with a bluetooth typewriter/keyboard that is meant to be similar to the Lexington typewriter used in Resident Evil 2. A Leon statue is also included, along with the remake game for PS4, an artbook, poster, CD, DLC code, and some ribbons.
The thing is, the typewriter keyboard is a massive rip off. As Variety reported, the same exact typewriter, minus the minimal Resident Evil branding, sells for $249 directly from the manufacturer. Purchased alone, the Resident Evil Lexington typewriter sells for around $676. That’s over a $400 difference for something that can easily be replicated by some stickers.
While the $900 price might make sense for an unopened mint boxset of the Resident Evil 2 remake bundle in say, 10 years, selling it for so much at release is highway robbery.
In a world where pay-to-win and microtransactions rule, it should be our duty as consumers to not give major gaming companies so much money for so little in return. This sort of buying may have started this trend where it was seen as being reasonable to bump up the price of a good by $400 simply because it has a series logo printed on the front of it.
There are certainly some hardcore Resident Evil fans out there that are meeting the demand for the bundle, and, well, to each their own. Resident Evil 2‘s remake releases on January 25, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.