Does everyone remember that crazy, $200 edition of Batman Arkham Knight that came with a Batmobile? Sadly, that won’t be coming anymore, as Warner Bros. has begun sending out emails to those pre-ordered it to let them know that it was cancelled.
In the email, Warner Bros. cites that “unforeseen circumstances” had something to do with the quality of the Batmobile. The car was being produced by Project Tri-Force, the same guys who are making the statue for the equally crazy $250 edition of Halo 5: Guardians.
Dear Batman: Arkham Fans,
We regret to inform you that we are not able to release the Batmobile Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight due to unforeseen circumstances that greatly compromised the quality of this extremely limited run of product. We are deeply apologetic for this unfortunate outcome. If you did pre-order the Batmobile Collector’s Edition, please go to the retail location where you pre-ordered the product and you will receive a full refund of your deposit or it can be rolled over to another Batman: Arkham Knight edition or another product of your choice. We will be providing everyone who purchases Batman: Arkham Knight with the New 52 skin pack, including Batman, Robin and Nightwing, free of charge.
Project Tri-Force hasn’t responded to any questions regarding what happened to the Batmobiles. This is honestly an odd turn of events, because the company usually does put out solid items for fans to buy.
Also shared via the Batman Arkham Knight forums is the fact that “retail pre-order incentives” will be given to all those who own either the Season Pass or Premium Edition of the game.
Throughout the 6 months of additional Batman: Arkham Knight content, Premium and Season Pass owners will receive all in-game content that is offered through various retail pre-order incentives. This includes the Harley Quinn and Red Hood Story Packs, as well as any Batmobile or Booster Pack that was available as early bonuses for pre-order of the game. For those who did not receive the content with their game, these items will become available when their respective exclusivity windows expire in August/September.
The tl;dr version of this is: Premium Edition & Season Pass owners will receive all retail exclusive DLC after their respective early access periods expire.
Let this be a lesson to all of us. Unless you are pre-ordering a special edition of a game, or something that is truly limited (perhaps a very obscure title that will be gone), than just don’t pre-order games.