The downloadable Stone Prisoner add-on--free with a new copy, otherwise priced at $15--allows players to add the "mighty stone golem" Shale to their party and is said to bring "hours of additional gameply" though new quests, environments, and items.
New copies of Dragon Age will also include a code to download the Blood Dragon Armor, usable in both Dragon Age and BioWare's upcoming Mass Effect 2. It was not specified if the Armor DLC will be sold separately, though it was described as "exclusive."
Publishers such as BioWare owner Electronic Arts have recently begun using downloadable content to fight against piracy and the lost kickbacks of used game sales, though the effectiveness of the approach remains unclear.
In addition, retailers are offering bonus items in exchange for a pre-order. Those that reserve the RPG from participating stores will receiving the +1% experience boosting Memory Band, with outlets like GameStop offering an additional exclusive item.
Recently delayed, Dragon Age: Origins is now slated to hit PC and Xbox 360 on November 3 in North America, with the PlayStation 3 release following later in the month.
A collector's edition, packing "three exclusive downloadable items that will provide special advantages," and other goodies like a documentary DVD, will sell for $75 on consoles and $65 on PC. Going by a retail listing, those three items are:
* Bergen's Honor: A massive helmet made out of dragonbone (+2 to armor, +25 physical resistance, +6 to attack)
* Grimoire of the Frozen Wates: A special book that adds +3 to all attributes when read
* Final Reason: A magical staff of immense power (adds to damage, spell power, and fire damage)
The regular edition of the fantasy RPG will be $60 on consoles and $50 on PC.