If you're so enthusiastically eager to play Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Marvel Avengers game that you're struggling to resist the urge to to dash to the shops and slap down some cash, you might be interested to know that Square Enix has a dizzying array of pre-order bonuses planned, including access to its pre-launch beta.
Players that pre-order any version of the game (provided they're purchased through participating retailers, notes Square), can get involved in the planned, although still undated, Avengers beta. They'll also receive an exclusive nameplate and the Marvel Legacy Outfit Pack - featuring classic comic book looks for Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Ms. Marvel, inspired by "moments from the comics that defined who each Super Hero was as they first embraced their powers to become the icons they are today."
That's not quite the end of Square's big pre-order push, however; the standard physical edition of Marvel's Avengers will also include either a limited-edition pin set, patch set, steelbook, or digital comic book, depending where pre-orders are made, and there are additional bonuses exclusive to the PlayStation Store.
Pre-order the standard PS4 digital edition through Sony and you'll get the Ms. Marvel Talk to the Hand emote, and the Hex Pattern Logo dynamic theme. Meanwhile, Deluxe Edition pre-orders on the PlayStation Store include an exclusive Ms. Marvel nameplate, 1,000 credits to spend on superhero customisations in-game, and 72-hour early access ahead of launch.
Additionally, just to add that extra flourish of unnecessary convolution to proceedings, Square notes that PlayStation 4 owners, regardless of the edition they pre-order, will be able to access the beta before players on other platforms.
Back in the physical realm, Square has also announced two bumper-sized Marvel's Avengers special editions. The £79.99 Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive Obsidian Outfit pack (featuring six hero outfits), six exclusive Obsidian nameplates, and 72-hour early access.
The £209.99 (!) Earth's Mightiest Edition, meanwhile, is positively crammed with thematic tat, including a 12" statue of Captain America, a Hulk bobblehead, Mjolnir keychain, Black Widow's belt buckle, Iron Man's prototype armour blueprints, Kamala Khan's honorary Avenger pin, a commemorative Avengers group photo, and 72-hour early access.
You'll also get the Deluxe Edition game, squeezed into a steelbook case. Or if you'd prefer to wait and see if the game's any good before handing over your money, that's also fine too.
Marvel's Avengers launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 4th September.