XCOM 2 Needs a Boxed Collectors Edition
PC DVD is essentially dead. It has been many years since I walked into a Best Buy or Gamestop and purchased a PC game on DVD. Yet I buy more PC games now than I ever did thanks to Steam addiction. This has me very worried that the upcoming greatest game ever made will be released without a Special Edition or Collector's Edition that includes the physical trappings of XCOM lore. This would be a tragedy.
On the day of release, the UPS truck was milling about the neighborhoods of my city with my XCOM EU Special Edition copy coming from Amazon. Fortunately for Firaxis, my resolve had broken at 9:01pm Pacific Time the night before and I was already playing my downloaded copy from Steam. The DVDs have, to this day, gone untouched.
That said, the poster sits to my right on the wall. The book has been loved and cherished by myself and my children who practice drawing the aliens so I will some day love them more. And the patch. I am willing to bet that most people threw the patch away or gave it to the Salvation Army. Not me. I am a grown man, a physician, and a surgeon. I sewed it onto my surgical cap and I wear it EVERY DAY when I operate on people. When my patients ask what it is, I tell them it is an award I received for defending the Earth from alien invasion. Right before I cut them open.
You don't believe me, here is a picture.
XCOM 2 is the second coming of the greatest thing that ever happened to computer gaming. In a way the whole XCOM: EU phenomonen recapitulates the bible in that the original series was the Old Testament, dark and archaic but had its own message. The new XCOM is the New Testament providing a new message and reinforcing the old and also includes strong themes of resurrection and rebirth. The whole series is a resurrection in itself, and XCOM 2 is the death and rebirth of XCOM within the story and in its turn, the salvation of mankind. There is no deeper and more meaningful storyline in all of human existence.
For this reason, I humbly ask that Firaxis give us a boxed set for purchase that includes regalia that we can nerdily display for our friends, strangers, and, of course, for ourselves. I don't want to have to turn to Leland Gaunt to fulfill my obsession and, in the process, lose my soul.
Thank you for your consideration!