Tuesday, Sept. 2 marks just one week until the release of Bungie’s “Destiny” to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. That means it is time to hunt down those last-minute pre-order deals for what is surely the hottest and most hyped game release of September, if not all of the 2014 holiday shopping season.
This article is going to be split between those deals that save money on “Destiny” and are available and those that just offer additional in-game items. By now, everyone one should know that the game comes in the standard edition for $59.99, the Limited Edition for $99.99 and the Ghost Edition for $149.99. The Limited Edition has limited availability while the Ghost Edition is sold out most everywhere. The Digital Guardian Edition for $89.99 is still available.
Best Buy is offering a $10 Reward Certificate My Best Buy members who pre-order and purchase “Destiny” on any platform or the White Playstation 4 “Destiny” bundle. Additionally, those who are Gamers Club Unlocked members can save an additional 20 percent off. Just keep in mind that the Unlocked membership is $120 for two years.
Picking up “Destiny” from Best Buy will also unlock early access to Vanguard weapons, gear and a Vanguard player emblem. And, if you attend one of the midnight openings for the game, you could get a free “Destiny” t-shirt.
The Microsoft Store is offering a $10 Xbox gift card with the purchase of “Destiny” for the Xbox One or Xbox 360. The gift card can be spent on Xbox LIVE for games, DLC, movies or other content. Like Best Buy, you also get early access to Vanguard weapons and gear. If you pre-order by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 5, free release day delivery is guaranteed.
Target has potentially the most money saving offer for “Destiny.” The retailer is offering a 20 percent credit toward the game when you trade a game in plus the trade in value of the game being traded in through Saturday, Sept. 6.
The catch here is that the value of the games being traded in must be at least $5 per the Trade in Program section of the website. However, Target is guaranteeing $20 for the following Playstation and Xbox titles – “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Titanfall,” “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “NBA 2K14,” and “Assassin’s Creed IV.”
You can get an additional 5 percent off by using the Target RedCard at checkout.
Whether this can be applied toward the Limited Edition appears to vary depending on the store.
Amazon is the first of the stores to not offer a discount. All the online retailer can currently muster is the early access to the Vanguard armory. We’ll have to see if that changes through the week.
GameStop offers no discounts but does have the exclusive upgraded Sparrow for Guardian along with the early access for the Vanguard armory. You can also receive the exclusive Blacksmith armor shader if you pre-order “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” from the retailer.
Newegg is offering Destiny for free with the purchase of a $399.99 Xbox One through Sunday.
The Playstation Store doesn't save any money either but offers the ability to pre-load the game and begin playing at 3:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 9. There’s also the Vanguard armory early access, of course.
Update: If you purchase the standard or digital deluxe version of Destiny for the PlayStation 3 from the PlayStation Store, you get the PlayStation 4 version for free.
The Xbox Store doesn’t offer a discount but does offer the Vanguard armory early access and the ability to pre-load the “Destiny Pre-Order Edition” on the Xbox One for when it goes live at 3:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 9.
Update: If you purchase the standard or digital deluxe version of Destiny for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox Store, you get the Xbox One version for free.
Do you know of any other retailers that may offer deals on “Destiny?” Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list. Yes, we are aware of the $20 SYWR point offer at Kmart and Sears, but that deal is not currently available.