|So, some of you are saying that if you pre-order either place you will still get the additional ship components as part of the deal?|
Can this truly be confirmed?
This confuses the heck out of me, too, so it may require a SD answer to set it properly straight, but my understanding is this:
- EVERYONE who buys the game, preorder or not, will have access to the Bonus Pack that will be published on Release Day. The contents of this are largely unknown at this point, but have been rumoured to be ship components, visual upgrades to the game, etc. This is SD's way of saying "thank you" for buying the game, rather than using copy protection to try to penalize piracy. Honey vs vinegar and all that.
- everyone who PREORDERS, whereever they do it from, will receive the downloadable preorder goodies, which the Preorder link on this website describes as "extra content: Additional ship components, the Galactic Civilizations Desktop and more."
- everyone who preorders the RETAIL CD (either through Stardock or through another retail outlet) will get the above, plus a couple other physical goodies ("a fold-out tech tree and other goodies", again, from the Preorder link on this site). This makes sense, since it's impossible to download a fold-out tech tree (or a printed manual or whatnot, since it's a bulky physical object, and not just data).
So preordering a retail box/CD will get you slightly more than preordering the direct download, which in turn will get you slightly more than just buying the game withou preordering, which in turn gets you slightly more than pirating the game. All in all, a somewhat convoluted but very rewarding system, I think.