Dragon Age II pre-order bonuses detailed

The sequel to Bioware's smash fantasy hit is coming out in mere weeks now, and you know what that means... awww, yeah, it's time for the pre-order bonus announcement!

EA just confirmed that anyone who pre-orders Dragon Age II for the Xbox 360, PS3, or PC will be eligible to download two exclusive weapons for free, offering an edge before the quest even begins. This applies to everyone who has already pre-ordered as well as anyone who takes the plunge between now and the day before the game's launch date, March 8th.

So enough with the suspense. What exactly are these bonus weapons? Here's the descriptions directly from the EA horse's mouth:

The Fadeshear

The core of this blade is old, as old as the first smiths who sought a way to battle the nightmares from the land beyond. It has fought the demonic hosts in countless battles. Sometimes it has been held high in triumphant victory. Other times, it has lain broken besides its dying owner. But after every defeat it has always been reclaimed, reforged, and made stronger. Fadeshear has passed through many hands before yours. Now it is your turn to make the demons of the Fade pay for crossing the Veil into the waking world.

  • Improves with level-up
  • Additional damage versus demons and undead

The Lion of Orlais

At the height of the Summer War all of Orlais was embroiled in fierce battles. Over the course of the war dozens of contenders for the Imperial Throne emerged – most long forgotten except as footnotes in scholarly tomes. But everyone remembers the gallant young lord Emile Deveraux, “The Golden Prince.” Thought outnumbered at every turn, he racked victory upon victory culminating in the Seventh Battle of Roses. While wearing this shield he broke through his uncle’s vanguard to win the day. He never knew the taste of defeat, instead meeting his end at the hands of a jealous lover in the dead of night.

  • Two rune slots
  • Adds to health
  • Adds to % XP gain

Cool and stuff, but what if you're too lazy or cash-strapped to plunk down for a pre-order now? Well, you'll still get a little something extra as long as you buy a new copy of the game. Sorry, pre-owned buyers... you're sort of at the low end of most publishers' BFF lists...

Buy a new copy of the game and you'll get a code redeemable for access to a location called The Black Emporium, which EA describes thusly:

"Come one, come all to the Black Emporium! There, nestled deep under Kirkwall, you'll find a curious collection of items, some for sale, some for free and ranging from the mundane to the mysterious! One artifact can even transform your very body, face, hair, eyes—all new! We've even granted you your very own mabari war hound to call to your side with a whistle—a boon in battle and a beloved pet at home. Visit the Black Emporium today, and you’ll be the envy of adventurers everywhere! Once you’ve escaped imminent danger, return home. Your invitation awaits!"

Above: A marabi war hound

So what are you waiting for? Get your pre-order on!

Jan 12, 2011

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  • thebobman47 - February 21, 2011 1:07 a.m.

    To be honest, the sheild looks aweful but the sword is awesome, plus I'll find some thing better.
  • gijoe1969 - February 15, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    Does any one know how to get the pre-order bonuses for the ps3 as i don't know how to get them. Thank you
  • joshuagutstadt - February 9, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    i wonder if it right AT BEGIN OR WILL THEY MAKE U DO A QUEST FOR THEM?"
  • DevilDoor - January 14, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Whats the point of getting an uber sword and shield right at the beginning of the game. Theres gonna be, literally tons of equipment to choose from in the game.
  • Clovin64 - January 13, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Since I never go online, I won't be able to get this stuff anyway. I'm quite looking forward to this now, and I hope its an improvement on Origins.
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - January 13, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    To all you guys angry about pre order bonuses I offer 2 possible routes you can take to avoid them: 1. Don't Pre-order it, just buy it the day it comes out. It won’t be sold out for weeks on end like a wii console. 2. If you feel the need to pre-order, No one is forcing you to use the weapons. I'm sure the game will let you equip a different weapon than the fadeshear and a different shield than the Lion of Orlais.
  • festafreak - January 13, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    @FauxFurry: These items level up with you (well the sword). That means you carry it all game copletely ignoring all other weapons. This is exactly what happened in DA:O. I kept that stupid mage's staff for a long time. Gave all the other crap to morrigan and the old lady. I hate pre-order bonuses, I hate DLC, I hate DRM and I hate the business models these companies are using now. But I still love PC gaming, but that doesn't mean I 'need' to buy every AAA game. Sometimes AAA games are just that, hype.
  • FauxFurry - January 13, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Judging by the grumbly Gus-es,I'd say that this is a pretty strong pre-order disincentive. True,the additional damage done to demons and deadheads might be only 1% which may yet scale downward as one's level increases and the experience point bonus(which will probably let players level up after killing 49 Darkspawn rather than a whole 50) gain likely will experience the same diminishing returns (losing gains just sounds like an oxymoron)as the game wears on. True,Fable 3's pre-order weapons were better than the vast majority of anything found in the game,but even with the default Hero Weapons,the game is fairly easy,so one can rest fairly assured that it isn't all the weapon selection that makes the difficulty in a game. Anyone who remembers the agony of fighting it out with a Blood Mage and his entourage knows how fast things can go wrong in such a game,giving one no chance at all to bring that fancy pre-order weapon to bear in the first place. Still,to be on the safe side,why not hold off a bit for a day two purchase?You know,just to keep things sporting? I know that I'll look forward to pre-order items that aren't forgotten about after an hour or two,leaving people wondering why they bothered to buy the game for the premium price instead of waiting until the price drops.
  • PhantomDave - January 13, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    Ok guys first off it's Mabari War Hound not marabi. Marabi is a form of South African music. LOL And secondly, "Improves with level-up"? About damn time a pre-order item was useful after two levels. W00t!
  • rabidpotatochip - January 13, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Dragon Age 2 is my "wait and see" game for 2011. As much as I enjoyed the first one I just can't get excited about all the hype.
  • db1331 - January 13, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    Lets see here. A sword that stays overpowered the whole game, and does EVEN MORE damage to demons and undead, which probably make up 95% of the enemies in game. Then you have a shield which actively gets you to the level cap faster, and therefore makes sure you sleepwalk your way through the game, since you will always be a couple levels ahead of what the area you are in was designed for. What these items really do is shorten the game for console players so they can beat it faster and trade it in for $5. Then Gamestop will turn around and sell it used for $50 instead of $60. Then in some games, they will even make the person who bought your used copy buy an "Online Pass" in order to fully play the game. Why don't they include a save game file with a max level character saved right outside the door to the final boss while they're at it?
  • city17fan - January 13, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Dragon Age is Bioware's 'Jump the Shark' game. I am not going to get sucked into a lame follow up.
  • festafreak - January 13, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    I hate these things so much. Why bother even picking up any other sword/shield? Why not just make these the only sword/shields in the game? This happened last time with DA:O. I used the same stupid equipment the whole way through. Why not make the stupid game like a 'good' developer should. I'm losing faith in bioware. Never thought I'd say that but it's the truth. I loved mass effect but hated what they did with mass effect 2. This seems to be following the same grain.
  • kingdom - January 13, 2011 8 a.m.

    Least I will get something when I get it from steam =/
  • zanthox - January 13, 2011 4:58 a.m.

    looks great!
  • sweetchiliheat - January 13, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    Glad to see a katana make its way into a Dragon Age game after the last one lacked any.
  • Crabhand - January 13, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    I love preordering bonuses that aren't merchant specific ^_^
  • Brutalicus - January 13, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Cerberus Network 2.0! Also, that big majestic shield looks goofy on a gruff, badass Hawke.
  • SpartanDurge - January 13, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    The war hound looks amazing!

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