To clear things up.
As I said I don’t like pre-order bonuses as generally used. Beta access is okay, minor cosmetics are okay, but way too many out there seem to offer exclusive maps or exclusive weapon sets and the like. It gets especially frustrating if they make something, beyond beta access, limited to which place you pre-order from.
Anyone who actually pre-orders (I haven’t yet, as I haven’t seen enough yet to plop $60 down) isn’t going to need the beta to encourage them to buy the game. Giving them guaranteed beta is just a small reward.
I may need beta first to guarantee that I’ll buy the game myself. Of course I’d prefer that publishers make proper demos of the finished product but those days seem long gone… I still remember when the Doom demo came out on the Software Creations BBS, and how the iD guys would chat in the forums there, even the two Johns (this was all before the Internet really was that accessible to the public). Very few games offer proper demos of finished product these days. Big multiplayer games likely will have beta events that we may be lucky to get into before release so they can test their servers, but that isn’t final code being tested (well… sometimes if not oftentimes it is just a publicity stunt to sub for a demo which corrupts the term beta so that when people experience a proper beta they get upset at how buggy it is).
Anyhow, I agree with blackheart, I hate physical pre-order stuff. I’m not going to get a physical copy of the game (unless it’s a console game, but I don’t pre-order console games period). I’m not going to go to Best Buy or Game Stop or anything like that to pre-order or buy the game. I especially hate the way in game items differ from place to place. It’s fine if it’s a timed exclusive, but then that stuff better be a free DLC later on. The exception to this may be pre-orders direct from the developer/publisher offering early access or guaranteed beta access, but all other location based pre-order exclusives have to die. And as I stated stated near the start, the only pre-order exclusives there should be at all are minor cosmetics, nothing really to do with the game itself. Assassin’s Creed Black Flag’s game play exclusives like full islands or ships being elusive to one retailer or not was bad. A certain skin is okay, but again, that needs to be available to all after a period of time (less than a year). Weapon exclusives are bad, unless everyone is getting a functionally similar weapon, which amounts to basically a skin difference and again that exclusive has to be available to all as a free DLC at some point. The only place I ever pre-order is via Steam or direct from the publisher/developer and their platform (I pre-ordered Witcher 3 for example directly through GOG as it was cheaper after importing my Steam codes to it which dropped the price, and I knew I’d be playing Witcher 3 for long enough to make it worth the money).
Will I pre-order Battleborn? Not yet. It’s way too early to tell. If I get into a beta (pre-NDA drop or after) will probably help decide that. Not being in a beta it’ll really depend on what I see of it after an NDA drop from Streamers and YouTubers, which likely means it’ll be really close to launch anyhow. It looks like a sure fire buy, but it’s just too early to tell yet.