BioWare is promising to unlock two special items in the retail version of Dragon Age II if one million people download the demo between February 22 and March 1st. Normally, we would thumb our noses at such a blatant and callous attempt at consumer bribery, but on the other hand – free stuff!!
The promotion is BioWare's “Call to Arms” for Dragon Age II, and will take into account all the demos downloaded for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It even has its own fancy website that details the two free items; a pair of books that embue players with special attributes when read in-game.
The first book, Lothering's Lament, is about a Fereldan refugee fleeing the Blight, and rewards you with an XP boost when read. The Far Cliffs of Kirkwall is also about a Ferelden refugee acting all sour and pouty, but awards extra cash for taking a moment out of your day to read about her sad fate. As an added bonus, finishing the demo gives you Hayder's Razor, a powerful Dwarven weapon that bumps up your health, mana and abilities. Three freebies in one demo? Man they really want us to download this, huh?
If you already had some money earmarked for Dragon Age II, it can't hurt to do a little work for free loot. And, considering you must first register for an EA account to have the demo counted, you'll also be helping a small indie studio increase its marketing database. Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
[Source: Dragon Age II]
Feb 18, 2011
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