Imagine my surprise when I learned that pre-ordering a videogame would result in various in-game bonuses being awarded to the buyer. That’s never happened before, and I suspect it will never happen again. In this particular instance, EA wants to furnish you with a competitive advantage in multiplayer in return for putting your money down early for the ‘Hunter Edition’ of Crysis 3.
In it, you’ll get enough XP to instantly hit level five in multiplayer. You’ll also receive a predator bow, recon arrow and hunter nanosuit module; plus three ‘exclusive’ virtual dog tags. The ‘Hunter Edition’ appears to have crossover with other pre-order editions too, in the sense that you’ll get a copy of the original Crysis too (“while stocks last”, as they say).
See the above information in visual form by watching the video, below. It shows a ‘Hunter’ multiplayer game in progress, a mode in which two hunters take on 10 (or 14 on PC) Cell Troopers and attempt to whittle them down to zero. Every time a trooper goes down, he or she respawns as a hunter, slowly tipping the odds in their favour.
Crysis 3 is coming in February 2013.