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Resistance 2 Collector’s Edition revealed plus new Public Beta info

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Hey everyone, we’re very happy to share some news today about our upcoming collector’s edition version of Resistance 2, as well as shed some light on the long-anticipated Public Beta program.


First up: the collector’s edition – everyone at Insomniac and Sony is excited to be bringing this special edition of the game to participating retailers. You voted on the cover for the game disc inside the box, but what else will you get inside?


  • Copy of Resistance 2 with special edition cover artwork selected by the fans
  • An exclusive Chimeran Hybrid action figure with Bullseye, created by DC Unlimited
  • A double-sided hard-cover Resistance 2 art book covering war-torn America from two unique perspectives
  • Exclusive in-game HVAP Wraith multiplayer weapon skin

The collector’s edition also contains a bonus DVD that includes:

  • Exclusive behind the scenes video, “America Forever Lost”, chronicling the making of Resistance 2
  • Digital copy of Issue #0 of the Resistance comic book series published by Wildstorm.
  • A preview into the upcoming Resistance novel, “Resistance: The Gathering Storm” by science fiction author William Dietz.
  • “Shattered History” Resistance timeline movie– providing a story overview from the earliest days of the Chimera invasion to the beginning of Resistance 2.

It makes up what we think is a pretty cool package for fans of Resistance, and it will be available for $79.99. It is a limited release though, so I highly recommend you pre-order! This brings me to another point: the Public Beta.

We are excited to announce the Public Beta will begin in early October, and premier access to the beta can be obtained in North America by pre-ordering the game from a GameStop retail store or online at www.gamestop.com. In addition, Qore annual subscribers will receive premier access to the beta.

Now if you’d like to apply for the open access period of the public beta, you can visit http://beta.myresistance.net/apply. Folks that have purchased Qore Episode 3 will be given the beta during the open access period as well.

I know many of our friends outside of North America read this blog. Don’t worry! The plans for the Public Beta will be communicated on a more local level, but will generally involve pre-order and/or application programs.

That’s a lot of info for one blog post, and if you have questions, you can put them in the thread below and Bryan Intihar and I will be around to answer. Looking forward to fragging — I mean seeing — you online in October!

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BZKlint said:

September 2nd, 10:22 am

I thought we could get into the beta with the August issue of Gamepro?

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:33 am

    Gamepro will be given some premier access codes to give out via the contest they were promoting on their cover of the R2 issue.

StargamerX said:

September 2nd, 10:25 am

In regard to #48:
That’s awesome. I have every Insomniac game since Spyro the Dragon, and the company has become my favorite team of developers along with Naughty Dog. You guys always seem to be the best of the best.

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September 2nd, 10:26 am



ChocoDK said:

September 2nd, 10:26 am

Really nice Collectors Edition you guys put together for Resistance 2 and also at an excellent price point. It truly is a steal for fans of the game.

Just one question though. Will the Collectors Edition be avaliable at retailers in Canada or is this only for the U.S.? Thanks.

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:34 am

    Not 100% on that due to the Canadian packaging requirements, etc. I believe it should be available via Gamestop, but you should check with your local store.

kesy said:

September 2nd, 10:27 am

What does “premier access to the beta” mean?..explain

kesy said:

September 2nd, 10:29 am

Can you explain what is the “Premier Beta Acess”?

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:34 am

    Premiere Beta Access allows you into the public beta on Day 1. This is given to folks who pre-order the game at Gamestop, or are a Qore Subscriber.

PS3Diablo said:

September 2nd, 10:30 am

OMG, I can’t wait to re-order this. I hope Amazon.ca will sell this version as well, if they don’t i will get it from GameStop, I CAN”T WAIT !!!

Fersis said:

September 2nd, 10:32 am

Im from Argentina (South America)
Do i have any chance to get on the BETA (i cant preorder :'( )

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:35 am

    Beta plans for SCEE territories will be communicated on a more local basis.

Preacher said:

September 2nd, 10:33 am

Ok, so no Collector’s Edition for Europe. Thank you SCEE, thank you very much.

Yeah, yeah, I know “you Europeans are always crying”. I need some fresh air.

Violater said:

September 2nd, 10:34 am

Would have loved a Chimeran skull cat helmet….. oooohhh with a cigar

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:35 am

    I can never stop seeing that freaking \”cigar\” now. Drives me nuts… ;-)

SyphonFilter said:

September 2nd, 10:40 am

Can i pre-order now to get into the beta? Also are they suppose to give me a little paper or something for the beta like socom?

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 10:43 am

    If you pre-order now and they don\’t have a paper, you should be able to go back and pick it up when they come in. Talk to your local Gamestop for more details.

Fersis said:

September 2nd, 10:44 am

James Stevenson replied on September 2, 2008 at 10:35 am
Beta plans for SCEE territories will be communicated on a more local basis.

Argentina (South America) should be linked with SCEA and not SCEE (which is Europe)
Its odd …
Thanks for replying me

jason9 said:

September 2nd, 10:44 am

I can’t wait!! I am definately getting the Collectors Edition! I am a Qore subscriber so I will be in the Beta see you all there!

PyroJack said:

September 2nd, 10:49 am

Question 1: In the second picture. Is that box art going to be the same as the non-collectors edition?

Question 2: When you say “limited release”, do you have an idea about how limited? Like a number amount?

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 11:00 am

    No. The standard box art for NA is different.

skaterricky said:

September 2nd, 10:49 am

Best News Ive heard all day thank you for the news..

Any word on Printing the other 2 covers for us and stuff them in with the Collectors Edtion Please??

Violater said:

September 2nd, 10:51 am

When can we expect some new screens from the SP Campaign?

ari_solid86 said:

September 2nd, 10:52 am

Awesome cover, is the standard edition has the same cover or another one?
And I love that Chimera action figure, too bad i can’t get it because i live in Iraq & importing isn’t available yet.

rockleehong said:

September 2nd, 10:53 am

I’m gonna go to pre-order for this ! ! !

ToastyEwok said:

September 2nd, 10:54 am

Great Collectors Edition, I will definitly be getting this.

I have pre-ordered the regular at gamestop a while back and called to upgrade to this one, but they do not have it in thier system yet.

Any news on when we can expect the codes from the pre-order, they don’t have those either?

Packaging looks great, so do the extras. Thanks for the news!

PumpkinKingX said:

September 2nd, 10:57 am

I was really hoping for a BluRay instead of a DVD. They are far more durable. Was this mainly done because of price? I read it was do to time on the first page. Any details about why this decision was made?

joeymp said:

September 2nd, 10:58 am

So if I pre-order Resistance 2 online, from Gamestop’s website, will they e-mail me a code when the beta is about to start?

Voozi said:

September 2nd, 10:58 am

Damn you Insomniac…I just upped my Fable 2 preorder the other week to the LE, now I mist up my Resistance 2 preorder to the CE lol + all the other games I’m getting too this holiday.

No Gears 2 LE though ;D (I think that’s for my wallet’s best anywho)

Fersis said:

September 2nd, 10:59 am

@70 PumpkinKingX
That it would add like 10-15 dollars to the edition :D .

Voozi said:

September 2nd, 11:01 am

(Wish there was an edit feature)

But I also have the same question/concern as PumpkinKingX.

Why a bonus DVD and not a Blu-ray disc? Since the MGS4 LE came with a Blu-ray disc that had all those features commentaries and what not.

So yea just wondering as well since woulda been nice to be able to watch everything in HD =D rather then upscaled =P (eww)

BZKlint said:

September 2nd, 11:01 am

Nice to see there will be a novel made from Resistance :)

Now maybe a movie deal of some sort…

seph1r0th00 said:

September 2nd, 11:02 am

Will I be able pre-order this from other retailers beside GameStop, or is it exclusive like MGS4? I already have beta from Qore, I just want the Collector’s Edition and GameStop is not my #1 choice for buying games.

PumpkinKingX said:

September 2nd, 11:02 am

@73 Absolutly!

PaNDaSHaT said:

September 2nd, 11:02 am

I’ll gladly give an extra $20 for all the extras. Nice bundle! Looking forward to the next Full Moon Show to hear more talk about it. Thanks guys.

X820 said:

September 2nd, 11:02 am

That’s…a very good deal for the extra 20 bucks. It comes loaded with various stuff. Tempted to get the CE.

PumpkinKingX said:

September 2nd, 11:02 am

@73 I’d be willing to pay that :P

Mr_Pickle said:

September 2nd, 11:08 am

I’m in Australia and I’m guessing I’ll have to import the game if I want the collectors edition.

If I import the US version of the game, are there worldwide servers so I can play my friends in Australia who have the local version.

Also if I import can I download any future downloadable content my the Australian PS Store? eg: maps, for it to work with the US version as I’ve heard some downloadable content doesn’t work if you buy it from the PSN Store outside of where it originated?

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 11:11 am

    Servers are worldwide.

    As far as content, I believe R1\’s map packs worked regardless of region issues.

sublimentality said:

September 2nd, 11:09 am

Quick question. I plan to play the pants off of this game and do everything i can to get that elusive platinum trophy. However the last platinum trophy i got (from uncharted) I saw no increase in my gamer level as if there was no XP attached to the platinum. Is the platinum trophy more of just a status of 100% completion or is there actual XP attached to it just like the other trophies?? I know its a little off-topic but I have never seen this question asked.

FritoZ said:

September 2nd, 11:12 am

looking forward to getting into the beat without having to pay for it!

hopefully my busted PS3 will be back by then!

Engine said:

September 2nd, 11:14 am

This is the first time that I am happy I bought the subscription to Qore lol.

BZKlint said:

September 2nd, 11:19 am

I just noticed the word “DIE” where it should say “DINER” on the chimeran half of the box cover :P

EViD said:

September 2nd, 11:21 am

This is gonna cost some good money to import to Saudi Arabia but it’s gonna be worth it.

Thanks Insomniac & Sony. Here’s to more CEs for all the next Pirate – I mean Insomniac – Games.

EViD said:

September 2nd, 11:25 am

Forgot to ask: about the “in-game HVAP Wraith multiplayer weapon skin,” is it for both coop & competetive? What about single player?

XxBigP123xX said:

September 2nd, 11:29 am

Will there be unlocks if you have a R1 save?

Joe said:

September 2nd, 11:30 am

I got to say you guys at Insomniac I really dislike you. Why you make me guy and have to buy the collecters version of R2. Just to let you know I really do not dislike you to tell you the truth you guys are the best. I love the look of the action figure.

So much for that price I would have thought for all you would get would be ten dollars more. Man this holiday season I will be brock. I just picked up Disgaea 3 and later on am going to get Viva Pinata 2. Then next month I am picking up my collecters version of Fable 2 then Gears 2 this too, LBP, collectors version of Fallout 3, Banjo-Kazooie & Valkyria Chronicles.

I so love being a gamer but my wallet does not ha ha.

Well Insomniac you guy/gals are great so I can’t wait to play R2.

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 11:31 am

    Thanks for all the kind words!

killaz05 said:

September 2nd, 11:32 am

I can’t wait to get this game into my hands. Thanks for the info!

lakaihigh said:

September 2nd, 11:34 am

day 1 purchase fo sho! for only $20 you get all this!?!?!? that’s insanely sick. I would buy this twice if it had a nathan hale statue, or mini goliath. cannot wait for this to drop in November. on a side note i wish you guys would have done the voting for the box art here on the blog. just an irrelevant suggestion. perhaps next time?


diablo103 said:

September 2nd, 11:37 am

i love resistance cant waite

WestSiide said:

September 2nd, 11:38 am

Awesome! btw i hate gamestop! why couldnt it have been bestbuy or something…? (i have friends there)

Scodo_Thope said:

September 2nd, 11:42 am

Action figure! WOW! SOLD!


Money1 said:

September 2nd, 11:46 am

Cant friggin’ wait

r-nice said:

September 2nd, 11:48 am

I’m firmly against pre-orders, but i’ll do it for this.

Yoshimitsu said:

September 2nd, 11:50 am

Why did you choose a Box art like Fable 2? If i saw the other 2 correctly they looked like Halo3 cover art and another game. dont remember that.

I just wonder, im no xbox360fan. i just own a ps3.

Paranoimia said:

September 2nd, 11:50 am

With all due respect to James Stevenson (reply to comment #4), I get a little sick of the “import it” line.

I went to import something from the US a few days ago – it cost $8 and was very light, yet shipping via USPS was over $30.

With all that’s included in this Collectors Edition (figurine, hardback book etc.), I hate to think what the import costs would be. And that’s before I even consider the risk of being hit with UK import duty.

I see no reason why SCEE would need to worry about localising it anyway. Those in Europe who choose to import are only going to get it in English anyway, so why do SCEE assume they’d need to localise anything? People in Europe who are interested would just be happy to get it without having to pay extortionate shipping costs and import duty.

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    James Stevenson said:

    September 2nd, 12:01 pm

    Can\’t tell you, honestly. And I don\’t mean to be flippant by saying import it, I\’m just offering it as the only alternative.

    SCEE makes decisions on how to release titles, localization etc. I can only refer you to them on why they don\’t do collector\’s editions.

GibbShift said:

September 2nd, 11:57 am

SOLD, SOLD, SOLD, SOLD. Oh, yeah. This collector’s edition actually comes with way more stuff than MGS4’s LE did.

Captain Fury said:

September 2nd, 12:07 pm

I wish you the best Insomniac! I also hope that R2 doesnt get overlooked, because all the games hitting at the same time…

Infact that would be a crime! no other game releasing this fall is giving out all the awesome features you guys have put in R2 (8 player co-op, 60 man battles etc…)

also, Im sad that reviewers compared QFB with ToD(I guess it was inevitable) I would like to say thank you for taking that risk (Im sure I was not the only since its #1 on the top downloads)I enjoy it as much as the others R&C games.

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