After a long delay, Age of Conan is almost here. Funcom and Eidos announced the pre-order programs in all major geographies, including the U.S. And if you preorder, there is, of course, an incentive with two exclusive pre-order items (War Mammoth or Killer Rhino), plus access to Hyboria several days before launch.
for pre-order is really easy to chew: if you pre-order the game, you will get one of two exclusive pre-order items (War Mammoth or Killer Rhino), plus access to Hyboria several days before the launch into retail stores. This access to Hyboria is actually a nice trigger to pay additional $5 in Americas and $8 in Europe. Access opens on May 17 for Oceanic and North American gamers, while Europeans get access on May 20 - on the day AoC will hit American stores. European stores will sell AoC starting on May 23.
The Age of Conan Collector's Edition will come in a hand-finished metal embossed box. According to Funcom, the box will contain a leather map by Clayton Bunce (14”x20” or 355x506 mm), a bonus DVD, the official soundtrack, a 128-page Art Book, five free guest passes and the game itself. Also included will be a Ring of Acheronia (XP and stamina enhancement) and The Drinking Cape (free drinks in all taverns). Yes, there are no "No Alcohol under 21" limitations, but bear in mind that this game carries a “Mature” rating. Amazon, by the way, offers the Amazon Curved Bow, an additional exclusive in-game item.