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Hyper Light Drifter has been tearing it up on PC at the moment, kicking up all kinds of critical praise. The game will soon be arriving on home consoles and so the developers teamed with iam8bit to offer gamers a special pre-order collector's edition that features the game packaged in a classic SNES cartridge.
Game Informer is reporting that gamers can pre-order a special collector's edition of Hyper Light Drifter right now, which comes in a neon blue SNES cartridge (that does not actually work and cannot be played on a real SNES), a special box for the cartridge, and a booklet that contains 25 pages to help teach gamers how to play Hyper Light Drifter, all for $65. I remember an age where the physical booklets were just standard fare in a game box and was included in the $50 package. It's crazy to think that these days a physical manual is now something reserved for special editions and collector's packages... but I digress.
The blue SNES cartridge for Hyper Light Drifter may not be playable but included in the SNES-stylized box is a digital game code for either the PC, Xbox One or PS4 version of the hack-and-slash adventure game.
In addition to all of the aforementioned goodies being packed in, there's also a world map poster to help gamers better navigate the pixelized world that Heart Machine brought to life thanks to their very successful Kickstarter campaign.
They do note on the iam8bit website that despite pre-orders being open right now for the home consoles, an official ship date for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Hyper Light Drifter have not been set yet.
They further state that the home console version of the game is likely to arrive at some point during the late summer.
A few people were a little indignant at the fact that the collector's edition comes in an SNES cartridge since you can't actually use the cartridge. Others tried to reason that you don't usually use a steel book for much either but people still buy them as part of a collector's edition. I think the difference is that the steel book is purposefully made for show, but the cartridge is supposed to be where you play the game from... except you can't.
Anyway, Hyper Light Drifter has been receiving a lot of positive press from game critics and gamers alike. The difficulty fused with the deep reliance on exploration has made it a standout game this generation and one of the few Kickstarter projects that appears to have delivered on what was promised (with the console release coming soon, by the way).
The special edition of Hyper Light Drifter in the SNES-style packaging is available for pre-order right now for $65. That's actually not a bad price if you're looking to add a new-school game with an old-school aesthetic to your video game library.